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Department: Technology / Systems
Location: Remote / UK time zone
Start Date: Immediate
Reports To: Head of Technology


The Head of Systems reports to the Head of Technology.  The role involves actively maintaining existing systems along with the planning and implementation of new hardware and software to meet the future needs of this busy and exciting visual effects company.

As Head of Systems, expect to work with all studio levels/departments in a fast paced environment. The Head of Systems’ key function is to oversee and manage the support of a diverse multi-platform network and infrastructure consisting of: high performance network storage, render farm, high end workstations and GPUs, extensive environments and multiple core visual effects software packages.


Requirements:

  • 6+ years Linux systems administration experience (required)
  • 6+ years Windows system administration experience (required)
  • A firm understanding of Previs / VFX / CG shot production, processes and terminology
  • A solid grounding in core technologies such as the TCP/IP protocols, Active Directory, advanced security administration, and high-performance storage concepts
  • Proven leader with the ability to and motivate, mentor and support
  • Strong communication, analytical and organisational skills
  • Excellent problem solver, diligent and resourceful
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure, manage conflicting demands

Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of hardware and software in the company, planning a roadmap for future technical expansion, setting and achieving associated goals
  • Researching and evaluating external suppliers, proposing optimum solutions based on cost/benefit analysis between internally developed and off the shelf solutions
  • Ensuring the Technology Department maintains high standards in technical skills, problem resolution, clear communication and industry best practices
  • Ensuring security implementation, compliance and management of client security measures (TPN)
  • Creating technical documents to guide the implementation of new designs
  • Anticipating production needs and resource planning accordingly
  • Monitoring incoming requests and delegating work efficiently to ensure the successful completion of projects and tasks, ensuring the infrastructure runs smoothly and reliably
  • Defining and ensuring best working practices are maintained across all projects
  • Working proactively and collaboratively with all other VFX and support departments to efficiently plan projects and deliver briefs in a pragmatic way
  • Collaborate with Pipeline team to resolve cross-department technical problems and diagnose root causes of problems
  • Facilitating and attending regular HoD and production meetings to advise on project developments, resourcing needs and departmental activities
  • Responsibility for communicating department goals, and relevant project / company updates
  • Key role in show postmortems, providing feedback on successes and areas for improvement
  • Managing, alongside HR, the development of the Systems Department including appraisals, probation reviews, performance management, mentoring, and engineer growth
  • Maintaining good communication and relationships with relevant suppliers, assessing training needs and coordinating training as required
  • Promoting a positive, productive, and collaborative work environment


Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “Head of Systems” within the subject line.
Online showreels and links to websites are welcome. Please also include a shot breakdown showing specifically what your role entailed per shot/sequence.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Department:  Visualisation
Location:  Remote / London / Shepperton
Reports to:  Visualisation Producer


Key purpose of the Job:

The Visualisation Coordinator is central to: managing the schedule, managing the artists and the client's expectations, liaising with all aspects of production, helping with strategising and implementing tasks and targets crucial to the delivery of the project as well as ensuring the project remains on time and on budget.


Job Description:

  • Closely working with the Producer, Supervisor and Leads to manage the artists, meeting internal and external deadlines
  • Responsible for organising dailies rounds and client reviews, taking notes and following up on information as necessary
  • Organising and setting up media for cineSync sessions or Skype calls
  • Take detailed, comprehensive notes and review with Lead after dailies / rounds
  • Maintain accurate summary of progress from previous day’s work by artists
  • Daily updates of production database with notes and necessary information
  • Manage and maintain the production schedule
  • Communicate information quickly and succinctly to crew and other departments to resolve problems quickly
  • Organise and coordinate client deliveries
  • Occasionally off-site / at studios for periods of time

Requirements:

  • Previous experience as Production Coordinator or Senior Production Assistant in a Previs/Visualisation environment
  • Highly organised with excellent time management and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with impeccable attention to detail
  • In-depth understanding of the production workflow, common file formats and resolutions
  • Good knowledge of production databases, including Shotgun
  • Experience with FTP software, Aspera or alternative data management formats
  • Basic Avid / editorial skills
  • Team orientated and able to take direction from Supervisor
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptable and flexible, and accepting of changes

Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “Visualisation Coordinator” within the subject line.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Department: Editorial
Location: Location: UK (remote) or Soho, London
Reports To: Head of Editorial
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Job Description:

  • Managing internal cuts across all shows
  • Running client and internal review sessions
  • Processing and ingesting incoming client material
  • Maintaining the production database (Shotgrid) with frame counts and lineup notes
  • Communicating with the production team and artists re: cut and edit changes
  • Liaising with the client editorial department
  • Point of contact for the screening room, following up with relevant departments to resolve any issues with playback
  • Development and maintenance of editorial pipeline including increasing efficiencies and managing updates and technical developments
  • Creating in-house reels and manging associated data including: company reels, department reels, technical breakdowns and awards reels

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Required competencies:

  • Previous experience in an editorial environment, preferably in visual effects
  • Strong communication, organisation and people skills
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Knowledge of timeline interface software, e.g. Avid, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Hiero
  • Experience of using Nuke and RV would be a bonus
  • Linux, Windows and Mac competent
  • A working knowledge of film and digital formats, files, frame rates, resolutions, colourspace and codecs

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Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “VFX Editorial Assistant” within the subject line.
Online showreels and links to websites are welcome.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Department: 2D
Location: London / Remote
Reports To: Head of 2D

Start date: immediate
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Key Purpose of the Job:

To support the compositing team to produce excellent shots for film and television.

Mid Level Compositors work on anything from Paint and Prep through to compositing their own shots. They are expected to work on less complex shots as well as provide support to the more senior members of the team.
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Required competencies:

• You must have a minimum of 4 years VFX industry experience
• Experience using Nuke
• Proven experience with Plate Preparation and Rotoscoping
• Proven experience with Chroma Keying
• Be able to provide examples of seamless integration of multiple live action plates
• Be able to follow production methodologies, develop creative approaches and problem solve
• Have a critical eye for detail
• Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Consistently deliver excellent results with minimal supervision and have good time management even when under pressure
• A knowledge and interest in photography and practical lighting is helpful
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Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “Mid Level Compositor” within the subject line.

On-line showreels and links to websites are welcome. Please also include a shot breakdown showing specifically what your role entailed per shot/sequence.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Position: Senior Systems Administrator
Location: Soho, London / Hybrid
Reports To: Head of Technology


Key Purpose of the Job:

The Senior Systems Administrator reports to the Head of Technology for our London and Los Angeles studio locations. The role involves actively maintaining existing systems along with the planning and implementation of new hardware and software to meet the future needs of this busy and exciting visual effects company.

As Senior Systems Administrator, expect to work with all studio levels/departments in a fast paced environment. The Senior Systems Administrator’s key function is to support a diverse multi-platform network and infrastructure comprised of; high performance network storage, render farm, high end workstations and GPUs, extensive environments and multiple core visual effects software packages.

The role will see you responsible for the mentoring and training of a team of two people. The role will offer a hybrid working model with days working from home and days in our London office. 


Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining current and implementation of new systems and hardware
  • Performing research and development for technical strategy and future systems; define and advocate solutions and options using SWOT metrics
  • Providing 3rd level escalation support for more complex incidents
  • Mentoring and training team members
  • Collaborate with pipeline team to resolve cross-department technical problems and diagnose root causes of problems

Technical Skills:

Required:

  • 5+ years Linux experience 
  • 5+ years Windows experience 
  • 3+ years experience with scripting languages (e.g. Python, bash, tcsh, Powershell) 
  • Experience managing large multi-platform environments - ideally mixed Windows/Linux/Mac OS environments
  • Proficiency with network design and protocols such as DNS, DHCP, VLANs, firewalls
  • Proficiency with file sharing protocols such as SMB, NFS, AFP
  • Experience of mentoring and training junior staff in best practices
  • Experience managing high performance network attached storage environments
  • Experience of writing high quality documentation and training procedures

Preferred:

  • Experience in systems hardening and security best practices 
  • Experience of managing and supporting render farms, Deadline/AWS
  • Experience using configuration management tools such as CFEngine, Puppet, Salt or Ansible
  • Experience in using development tools such as git, JIRA, Confluence
  • A firm understanding of Previs/VFX/CG shot production, processes and terminology
  • Experience of supporting core visual effects packages such as Nuke, Maya, Shotgun and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience of configuring and supporting LTO backup solutions such as Archiware, Bacula
  • Experience of managing license server software such as RLM, flexLM

Additional Skills:

  • Excellent organisational, communication and time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to lead and give direction to others as well as taking direction from management
  • Resourceful and proactive in gathering information, making a decision and taking action
  • Able to manage own workload and balance conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment including remote members of the team

Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “Senior Systems Administrator” within the subject line.
Please also include references if available.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Department: Production
Location: London
Reports To: Management Team


Key Purpose of the Job:

As VFX Producer you'll be responsible for managing all aspects of a VFX project: managing the clients as well as the crew, the schedule and the budget. You will be working very closely with the VFX Supervisor and reporting to the Management Team.


Job Description:

  • Creating and / or maintaining bids, with the VFX Supervisor
  • Producing budgets and schedules, that take into account VFX work required, ensuring projects are delivered to the highest standard achievable
  • Working with the operations team and show supervisors to plan and schedules shows, creating an effective approach to the visual effects work
  • Key point of contact for the client for all budget and bid discussions and ensuring the progression of work is to the client’s satisfaction
  • Running internal and client reports including payment schedules, change orders, schedule revisions and budget analysis
  • Managing the day-to-day work of the show production team and production pipeline
  • Liaising with key support departments and HoDs to facilitate the smooth running of shows through the facility, following up where required
  • Overview of the show schedule, key milestones and deliverables
  • Motivating and leading a team with enthusiasm and clarity

Requirements:

  • Proven experience as a producer on feature film projects in an established VFX facility
  • Thorough understanding of VFX production pipelines and post production in general 
  • Strong scheduling experience
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel and Word), FMPro and production databases, including ShotGun
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Very good client and crew management skills
  • Highly organised with first-class time / project management skills

Please send your CV to recruitment@nviz-studio.com specifying “VFX Producer” within the subject line.
Please also include references if available.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.