Manager, Character TD
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As the Manager, Character TD you will be responsible for ensuring project quality and the well-being of team members by managing a group of Character TDs and Leads across multiple projects. The role provides a critical component of the studio’s mission to create games that have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives by helping foster an environment of craft excellence, collaboration, and positivity.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
- Supervises direct reports on the Character TD team and participates in strategy and decision-making as a member of the department’s leadership group.
- Meets regularly with team members to mentor and offer experienced guidance, provide constructive feedback, conduct performance reviews, and facilitate the team’s best work.
- Manages the career growth and development of direct reports.
- Evaluates team members’ goals and objectives and ensures that department goals are being met.
- Evaluates schedules in conjunction with pod leads and project management, ensures that teams deliver against project goals and pillars.
- Advocates for studio cultural values and fosters an environment of craft excellence and collaboration.
- Assists the Department Head with project staffing, hiring, and onboarding.
- Works with Department Head and other Managers to determine best practices and guide leads in their implementation for all Character TDs across all projects.
- Fosters a safe work environment by ensuring all complaints and concerns related to inappropriate or unprofessional conduct in the workplace are addressed immediately
- Develops training opportunities to support the development of team members at the group or individual level.
- Builds and maintains relationships with peers and other senior leaders to align project and departmental priorities.
- Regularly plays games in development and reviews scripts to provide feedback and help identify opportunities for craft development.
- Other duties may be assigned.
Directly manages a team of Character TDs and Leads on various projects. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Seven to ten years related experience and training or equivalent combination of education and experience. Shipped a AAA game or a major motion picture in a manager role preferred.
- Experience in a lead, supervisor or manager role preferred.
- Proficient with Maya and/or other animation software. Premiere and Syncsketch a plus.
- Strong knowledge of the principles of animation, timing, and performance. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to present ideas clearly and work well within a large team environment.
- Ability to solve complex problems in resourceful and effective ways and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.Must be willing to put the needs of the team first, especially when team members require guidance and mentoring.
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