Department Manager

  • Film - Mumbai
  • Mumbai, India

Department Manager

Job description

Framestore is a fast paced, dynamic and fun post-production company producing world-class visual effects for films. We are currently looking for a Department Manager for our Mumbai office. Our new team member needs to be a problem solver, facilitator, positive with team management skills.

Reporting into the Head of Resource Management, and working closely with production, supervision and department heads, the Department Manager will work as part of the resourcing team to ensure that VFX projects are crewed with the best available internal crew. They are also responsible for developing, managing and retaining the best artists for our film teams.


Key Responsibilities:

    • Working with the Head of Department the Department Manager will liaise with Producers and Supervisors to resource VFX Projects with the best available crew.

    • Set up weekly meetings with show production and supervision to discuss the progress of the work on each show.

    • When necessary, negotiate with Producers and reallocate crew to achieve the best, cross-project allocation of crew.

    • Take responsibility for crew member inductions to our production workflows and pipeline and ensure that all artists are work ready from day one.

    • The first point of contact for all crew members, particularly on career development, project allocation, leaves and any training needs.

    • Managing multi-site communication relevant to the department

    • Managing internal department meetings and weekly target schedules.

    • Work closely with other department managers to manage cross department communication and workflows.

    • Providing support to heads of departments as needed, organising department meetings and following up when required.

    • Acting as the primary contact for show production regarding the progress of the work, communicating daily with the show co-ordinators and line producers regarding changes to priorities, etc.

    • Alongside project supervisors or heads of department, conduct performance reviews, delivering effective feedback and constructive criticism.

    • Liaise with show producers to manage any vacation requests and make sure time off is approved by the show.

    • Working alongside the training team to follow through on training and development needs and assist with internal learning events as appropriate.

    • Work with the Head of Department and HR to handle disciplinary issues and dismissals.

    • Work closely with the head of department to ensure teams are well balanced in terms of expertise, experience and skills.

    • Be involved in the recruitment drive through social media and direct contacts.

    • Keep the artist team's morale high by organizing social and team building Events.


Job requirements

Essential Skills:

    • A thorough understanding of the VFX and CG Pipeline

    • 5+ years in VFX/CG companies, in Production/crewing/managing teams

    • Previous experience with scheduling crew/projects necessary

    • Skilled in Microsoft Excel and Shotgun


Desirable Skills:

    • Problem solving skills, particularly when resolving resources and crewing issues

    • Negotiation skills and diplomacy

    • A proven ability to establish good relationships with supervisors, HODs 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

    • Ability to prioritise work so as to ensure efficient utilisation

    • Ability to create and develop various departmental reports


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 favorable treatment on any basis when applying for a career with us.