Location
London
Department
Pipeline

About The Role

Blue Zoo is internationally recognised as the UK’s leading producer of quality children’s animated entertainment, known for its premium quality TV specials and television properties.  

We're always on the lookout for talented artists as we continue to build our amazingly creative teams! We have a number of our own productions in development and underway, as well as undertaking exciting service work for many of the world's globally recognised children's entertainment brands.

As a Senior Pipeline TD you’ll be responsible for implementing, improving and supporting production and artist workflows, to better function for the wider studio across a range of different animated shows. 

We are very happy to discuss flexible, hybrid and remote working options for all our vacancies
 

Day to Day:

  • Hands-on implementation in design, scheduling, and build of our “next generation” of pipeline, built on micro-service architecture, whilst ensuring a smooth transition from our current pipeline.
  • Develop the pipeline tools to cater to our studio’s short-form, episodic, and feature animation project needs.
  • Devise methods to increase efficiency and utilisation to fit with global strategy.
  • Help resolve technical issues that have been escalated within the team.
  • Lead development of additional both studio core services and tools to be used in DCC software programmes.
  • Ensure departments are using the pipeline tools effectively and efficiently,
  • Asist junior team members with issues, and guide them through resolution delivery in both coding practices and briefing.

About You

Must Have:

  • Very clear, efficient, and effective communication skills when dealing with HoDs or other stakeholders in pipeline support and projects.
  • Experience with test driven development and software development practices
  • High level of proficiency with  Python programming 
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of feature and/or episodic  film animation pipelines
  • In-depth technical knowledge of Maya with other DCCs considered a bonus
  • Understanding of software development tools - Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code
  • Proficiency with source control and development workflows control in Github or similar.
  • Proactive approach to researching & adopting new tools proofing software workflows.
  • Experience in agile software development methodologies, task management tools (Jira/Asana/Wrike) & asset tracking systems (Ftrack/Shotgun)
  • Ability to mentor the rest of the team to increase productivity, trust and respect
  • Motivate the team through executive presence
  • Solution-driven
  • Strong problem-solving skills devising elegantly creative solutions or workarounds.
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly
  • Extremely good organisation skills when juggling multiple projects and priorities belonging to different stakeholders
  • Proactive and positive approach to resolving issues under pressure
  • Excellent English writing skills for creating and reviewing easy to understand documentation

Bonus Points:

  • Production experience of Ftrack, Redshift3D, USD & Realtime technologies
  • Experience within animation, VFX or games industry previously
  • Experience with Katana, Houdini or other DCCs.

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs, an Annie and an Emmy along the way!

We couldn’t be prouder that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corp certification. We’ve been independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organisation who award the B Corp certification. The certification verifies companies who are working to improve the lives of employees as well as industries as a whole. The certification process involves over 170 rigorous metrics to improve the lives of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the local community, ensuring we are not just saying we are ethical with empty gestures, but independently evidencing it.

We are going through an exciting period of growth and are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.

We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated to make things better. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand and embrace fresh perspectives. 

 

What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.