Department Manager - Film & Episodic

  • Film
  • London, United Kingdom

Department Manager - Film & Episodic

Job description

The Department Manager is responsible for ensuring that all projects are fully and appropriately crewed with a combination of internal and external resources. They are also responsible for developing, managing and retaining the best artists for our film teams.

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; ensuring that VFX projects are fully and appropriately crewed and 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 to the Head of Resourcing.


  • 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 for the recruitment team and work with them to ensure the right candidates are hired; induct new crew into 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 (Montreal, New York, Chicago, Integrated Advertising) 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 the crew; maintain calm, and defuse conflict; act as the first point of contact for the 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.

  • Work with the HR team in London to ensure understanding of UK employment law and ensure that best practice is followed.

Departmental processes: Ensure good communication; manage department meetings and weekly target schedules; complete departmental reports; support cross-departmental workflow; plan to seat; work with the Head of Resourcing to improve processes and efficiency.

Job requirements

  • A thorough understanding of the VFX and CG Pipeline
  • Previous experience with scheduling crew/projects
  • Problem solving skills, particularly when resolving resources and crewing issues
  • Negotiation skills and diplomacy
  • A proven ability to establish good relationships with supervisors and an understanding of how to build a successful team around a core; taking into account both skills and cultural fit to the company
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure all documents and reports are maintained at the highest level
  • Strong communication skills
  • Pastoral care skills to ensure artists feel supported and have trust in you
  • Self motivated to take on a broad range of tasks in partnership with HR and recruitment

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.