Pipeline Technical Director, Asset

Sunnyvale, CA
Job Terms:
up to ~$125/hr, DOE
Start date:
Posted By:
Jennie Brandon

Job Description:

The Pipeline TD's role is to develop, document, maintain and support tools within the visual effects pipeline and provide asset management support across a variety of teams and projects within our client's Marketing Communications CG Studio.
The Pipeline TD provides short-term support to production teams and participates in strategic planning, closely collaborating with internal Stakeholders, Senior Pipeline TDs and Senior Artists.
This position requires a background in software development, proven technical leadership skills, a positive & goal-oriented attitude with a focus on problem solving and excellent communication with a variety of stakeholders in an ever-changing environment.

Key Qualifications:
Problem-solving skills
3+ years experience programming in Python in a professional context
Experience programming for DCC applications with their built-in APIs (e.g. Maya, Nuke, Houdini)
Experience working with Git or a similar version control system
Experience working with ftrack or a similar production database and asset management system
Experience working with the Qt GUI framework and its Python bindings (PyQt, PySide)
Working knowledge of UNIX-based operating systems such as MacOS or Linux and a shell such as Bash or zsh
Understanding of basic networking and file storage concepts as well as related performance issues that might arise in a HPC context
Ability to self-organize and prioritize tasks in a fast-changing environment
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Understanding of the visual effects pipeline in general and concise documentation.

Develop, document, maintain and support pipeline tools across DCC applications, projects and teams
Provide asset management support and maintain production database integrity and consistency
Educate and support artists in using the pipeline and its tools
Participate in strategic planning and offer research insights that will improve pipeline efficiency
Work with other Pipeline TDs and Systems Engineers in a highly collaborative process
Engage in collaborative design sessions with other Pipeline TDs when devising new workflows, systems and tools
Engage in productive feedback mechanisms such as code reviews and sprint reviews / retrospectives
Embrace a DevOps mentality and apply its practices with the goal of achieving a high level of software quality
Document and communicate changes to the rest of the pipeline team and the wider organization

Experience in applying DevOps practices
Experience in working within an Agile development team (e.g. Scrum, Kanban)
Experience with CI/CD or SDLC
Experience in visual effects production
Track record of delivering software projects

Education: Ideally you have a college degree and at least 10 years work experience in the creative and design field or the equivalent

Client Description:

Our client, a leader in consumer electronics, is one of the greatest, most innovative, world-changing companies ever created! More like a cluster of start-ups versus a large company, they are single-handedly credited with creating some of the most impactful products of this generation.

Working alongside some of the brightest and most talented people, the work you do here will add up to something big that could not be done anywhere else.  There is no doubt that your best work will be brought out achieving some hefty goals at a heroic pace.

One thing we know is that you WILL NOT ever be bored.​

Here are some more things you can expect:

  • Wi-fi equipped shuttle service
  • Free parking
  • Onsite cafeteria

WORKING WITH AQUENT: long-term assignments with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things:
- You're paid weekly
- Subsidized health (including term life and LTD) and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk)
- Access to Fidelity 401(k)
- Access to FSA Program
- Direct deposit for your pay check
- Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!)
- Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/
- Access to free online courses via Lynda.com
- Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up)