Technical Director - Design

  • Advertising
  • Chicago, United States

Technical Director - Design

Job description

Framestore's Design Studio is a multi-talented team of directors, designers and artists creating beautiful images for all platforms. They are highly adaptable and can work across all stages of a project from conception and storyboarding to production, art direction, direction, motion graphics and visual effects.

The Technical Director, Design will work closely with the Design Pipeline TD, Head of CG, Head of Design, and Production in Chicago by providing technical direction on projects from pitching and pre production through to final delivery, with the goal of ensuring consistently high quality of visual work throughout the studio.

The Technical Director, Design will play a key role in the continued growth of the design department in Chicago, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between design and traditional CG or VFX work.

We are a small team in Chicago and everyone works on a broad variety of tasks, and the Technical Director, Design will be expected to leverage both their technical and artistic skills by working on the box in a variety of generalist capacities including; CG asset work, motion design, and tool development or general problem solving as projects require.

This is a full-time staff role with benefits, and although we are currently working remotely, this position will eventually require at least some onsite work in our Chicago studio.


  • Working on shots of a high level of complexity

  • Troubleshooting projects when they are challenged, working with the producers and supervisors to deliver projects on time and with high quality CG and motion graphics.

  • Apply best practices for efficient and effective development; look for opportunities to streamline and fully utilize current and new technology solutions

  • Work directly with the global Integrated Advertising Pipeline team to implement needs for design team

  • Ongoing research and awareness of advancements in technology and software, striving to be up to date with the best tools for the team

Job requirements

  • 5+ years experience in working as a Technical Director or CG / Design Generalist with a wide variety of styles and looks on the reel as well as a great eye and aesthetic
  • Advanced skills in Maya, Houdini, C4D, and After Effects

  • A working knowledge of a rendering software - EG Arnold, V-Ray, or Redshift

  • Familiarity with scripting e.g. python is a bonus

  • A working knowledge of Nuke

  • Experience working with concept artists, designers, and VFX teams, in both 2D and 3D

  • Strong communication skills are critical. Must be able to work within a team and communicate and articulate your ideas well

  • Excellent collaboration skills, always striving to be a team player

  • Ability to take direction and exercising attention to detail

  • Must be self-motivated with the ability to prioritize tasks based on production needs

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, and have a strong desire to work in a fast paced global company, always looking to produce the best work across all areas

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.