Department Manager

  • Film
  • Montreal, Canada

Department Manager

Job description

Framestore’s artists work together in departments reflecting their skillset: Editorial, Texturing, Lighting, Modelling, Tracking, Rigging, Animation, Creature FX, Groom, Matte Painting, Environments, FX, Crowds, Paint & Roto and Compositing; managed jointly by the Head of Department and the Department Manager.

The Department Manager is primarily responsible for developing, managing and retaining the best artists for our film teams; for ensuring that VFX projects are fully and appropriately crewed; and for managing departmental processes, communication and reporting.

The Department Manager may manage a single large department or several smaller departments. They work very closely with the Head of Department, project producers, supervisors and other managers; and report jointly to the Head of Resourcing and the Head of Talent.


  • Planning: Work with the Head of Department to ensure teams are well balanced in terms of expertise, experience and cost; planning for development and recruitment
  • Recruitment: Identify vacancies to the recruitment team and work with them to ensure the right candidates are hired; induct new crew to our production workflows and pipeline and ensure that all artists are work ready from day one
  • Resource management: Work with the Head of Department and liaise with Producers and Supervisors to resource VFX Projects with the best available crew; reallocate crew to achieve the best cross-project allocation; work with department managers in other global divisions (London, New York, Chicago, Integrated Advertising, TTFL) to ensure unallocated crew can be utilised
  • Monitoring & Communication: Act as the primary contact for show production regarding the progress of the work, communicating daily with the show coordinators and line producers regarding changes to priorities, etc.
  • People leadership: Motivate and care for crew; maintain calm, defuse conflict; act as first point of contact for crew on contractual matters, career development, project allocation, and any training needs; keep morale high by organizing social and team building events
  • Development & Remuneration: Alongside Head of Department: conduct performance reviews, delivering effective feedback and constructive criticism; work alongside the training team to follow through on training and development needs and assist with learning events as appropriate; work with Head of Department and HR to handle disciplinary issues and dismissals; engage in pay negotiations and maintain pay parity within our teams
  • Departmental processes: Ensure good communication; manage department meetings and weekly target schedules; complete departmental reports; support cross-departmental work flow; plan seating; work with Head of Resourcing to improve processes and efficiency

Job requirements

Essential skills:

  • A proven ability to build a successful team; taking into account both skills and cultural fit to the company
  • Previous experience with scheduling crew/projects
  • Pastoral care skills to ensure artists feel supported and have trust
  • A thorough understanding of VFX and CG
  • Ability to establish good relationships with producers, supervisors, HR, recruitment and other departments
  • Negotiation skills and diplomacy
  • Problem solving skills, particularly when resolving resources and crewing issues
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure all documents and reports are maintained at the highest level
  • Bilingual (French & English) is an asset

Framestore is proud to employ extraordinary talent across all genders, races, nationalities, religions, ages, abilities and sexual preferences. We aim to encourage and support all of our current and future employees to achieve their potential. No job applicant will receive less favourable treatment on any basis when applying for a career with us.