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RND Pipeline Technical Director - London Based
RND Pipeline Technical Director - London Based
  Part-Time @ Axis Animation

London, England, United Kingdom

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With studios in london, Glasgow and Bristol, Axis Animation is an award-winning animation studio creating high-end visual content for film, television, games and theme parks. We are constantly looking for the best talent: enthusiastic people that come in everyday to be part of some of the best work in the industry.


Axis Animation seeks an exceptional Pipeline TD to join our Research and Development team on an ongoing basis, working on-site in London. As part of the Research and Development team, you will help support our London Office and will also collaborate with the Developers based in Glasgow to design, develop and maintain artist tools, core applications and services, contributing directly to the success of our projects.


This is an exciting and unique opportunity to shape the future of an animation studio by embracing emerging technologies, evolving an established pipeline and contributing to open-source projects. If you are an ambitious developer looking for an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of animation and visual effects then we look forward to your application.


Candidates are required and must be eligible at time of application to work on-site in London.



  • Work cross-site with Artists, Leads and Heads of Departments to identify production needs

  • Research techniques and develop pipeline tools and processes to meet those needs

  • Ensure tools and processes meet the global pipeline framework and tracking systems

  • Test and debug tools and process to ensure stability and usability

  • Act as a liaison for communicating technical issues to Production, R&D and IT

  • Educate artists and other TDs on how to work with the pipeline

  • Create and update documentation explaining our processes and tools

  • Work with and develop tools for production tracking software and databases


  • Help manage code repositories, perform code reviews and maintain coding standards




  • 3+ years of experience in animation or visual effects for film or television

  • 3+ years of experience developing for Maya, Nuke or Houdini is required

  • Experience developing for Shotgun, FTrack or other production tracking software

  • Working knowledge of Shotgun, FTrack or other production tracking Python API

  • Strong experience in Python

  • Excellent communication, troubleshooting and debugging skills

  • Ability to work independently and remotely as part of a team

  • Be proactive

  • Be adaptable



  • Experience with PyQt / PySide

  • Experience in Django, Flask or web development

  • Experience in designing and building database systems

  • Working knowledge of C++

  • Experience with render farms is a plus


This job posting was last updated on July 19, 2017