jobby: Production Manager, Arc Productions, Toronto

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arc logo, animation jobs, animation siteArc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in Toronto, Ontario Canada is looking for a Production Manager to join our team. With over 500 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life in a wide array of formats: theatrical features, television, DVDs, shorts and game cinematics.

JOB TITLE: Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production Management

REPORTS TO: Associate Producer/Head of Production

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Production Manager supports the Associate Producer/Producer in coordinating the efforts of a team of artists and production staff, starting in pre-production through the delivery of the final project. This role is responsible for managing a project on a big picture level and for providing extensive support and guidance to more junior team members to ensure a smooth and successful production.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support (Associate) Producer in coordinating the efforts of a team of production staff and artists, starting in pre-production through the delivery of the final project
  • Work with Associate Producer and Assistant Production Managers to ensure that overall production scheduling and budget requirements are met within assigned department(s) and that production staff are working within established workflow and toolset
  • Oversee the development and management of internal department schedules
  • Look ahead to ensure that weekly quotas, department milestones and inventory expectations will be met
  • Assist in the resolution of any production and/or inventory issues and assist in managing any related impact on the budget, schedule and overtime, and flag issues to the Producer
  • Provide guidance for APMs on casting assignments and issuing deadlines to artists, and ensure that assignments are varied for optimum performance and are cast according to individual abilities
  • Assist APMs in creating and maintaining regular reports that clearly illustrate department and individual artist productivity, ensuring that data provided is accurate and valid
  • Contribute strategic problem solving ideas
  • Perform frequent walk-arounds to check in with crew, and ensure resolution of any issues that arise
  • Provide assistance to APMs in anticipating internal staffing requirements
  • Help to establish priorities and communicate information to the production staff
  • Help to ensure that budget and scheduling documents are updated as changes are made to the project’s production flow and/or staffing profile
  • Maintain solid understanding of how changes may affect the budget, scheduling and overtime
  • Collaborate with CG Supervisor, Department Leads, department production staff to ensure the complexity of work is consistent with critical assumptions and is falling within department budgets and schedules
  • Flag CG Supervisor and Producer when complexity overages occur
  • Strategize with CG Supervisor & Producer on how to resolve any complexity overages
  • Evaluate workload to ensure that quotas are realistic and achievable
  • Ensure that APMs and Department Leads are working to established workflow processes
  • Keep track of overall inventory so that quotas are met
  • Attend Director approvals and assist in driving meetings when required
  • Act as Producer representative on the production floor as needed
  • Supervise and mentor Assistant Production Managers, Production Coordinators and Production Assistants for each production department, and create opportunities for promotion and career development
  • Represent all departments in weekly executive production meetings
  • Report each department’s progress and discuss solutions to any issues impeding each department
  • Partner with APMs, Department Leads, and Senior Management to manage conflict within production departments, and obtain counsel from Human Resources regarding disciplinary procedures
  • Manage the documentation of conflicts, and provide updates for Human Resources and Senior Management
  • Work with Associate Producer, Producer, and/or Head of Production in annual performance review process for show production management staff
  • Act as champion of the project to crew, with a positive, approachable demeanor and attitude
  • May assist with studio-wide training initiatives for production staff
  • Support and represent directives from the studio and/or production leadership
  • Ensure that meetings and approvals are run according to studio standards
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of new hires

 

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

 

  • 7+ years production experience (feature film preferred)
  • Completed post-secondary education in production or other relevant area of study
  • Solid understanding of CG Animation or Visual Effects production
  • Experience with production management software system preferred
  • Intermediate working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills with the confidence to interact with all levels of employees and clients
  • Superior organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and to manage conflicting interests
  • Strong attention for detail
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and capable of performing well in a fast-paced, high-energy environment
  • Availability to work flexible hours on occasion to meet challenging deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in working in animation production

 

Thank you for your interest but only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Please apply at jobs@arcproductions.com

 

 

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