- Department Head, Production Management

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Department Head, Production Management


Department Head, Production Management

• Expert Level


Pixar: A Department Head (DH) at Pixar provides leadership for one or more departments in Production. The DH works collaboratively with the Department Supervisors (Producers/Associate Producers/Production Managers for Production Management) to decide overall casting of the individuals in the department.

Category Casting  HR/Recruiting/Staffing  Production Manager 
Location San Francisco Bay Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Nov 04, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

The DH is responsible for facilitating decision-making by the department leadership in managing career development, hiring, talent assessment and feedback processes within the department. 

The DH must support the changing needs of the productions, building consensus amidst the competing interests of the shows, with a view to the needs of the talent, while balancing the constraints of the Studio.  The DH must keep the Studio Leadership updated on the issues affecting the department.


Artist Casting
  • Analyzes overall needs and available resources; anticipates resource conflicts and makes staffing (and contingency) plans accordingly
  • Works collaboratively with Department Supervisors to ensure that talent is equitably distributed across projects (i.e., each project has a mix of seasoned and newer talent, specialized and general skill sets etc.)
  • Communicates transitions to employees and to shows in a proactive and timely manner
Collaboration & Communication
  • Develops effective relationships with Associate Producers and Producers to influence casting and staffing for the production management department
  • Maintains strong partnerships with other DHs, to leverage and build programs affecting production groups
  • Provides Directors of Production and the Executive Team with updates on talent development, needs, and morale, to ensure resource support
Career Development
  • Works with Department Supervisors and Pixar University to identify and plan training and education needs for production management population; ensures that there is a learning curriculum designed to broaden and deepen skills
  • Identifies skill gaps and pigeonholing; works to ensure employees are receiving stretch assignments and being exposed to new challenges
  • In conjunction with Producers, advocates for underexposed and/or underutilized individuals
Performance Feedback
  • Works collaboratively with the Department Supervisors and shows to ensure timely and actionable performance feedback for all employees
  • Partners with the People Team and show management to address and manage problem performance
  • Provides career development feedback directly to individuals; communicates where talent needs to strengthen skills or behaviors in order to progress in their career
Talent Assessment & Compensation
  • Partners with Department Supervisors to assess and evaluate talent; determines range of performance and peer groups
  • Makes compensation determinations for employees (market adjustments, merit increases and long-term incentive awards) based on talent assessment, potential and value of contribution
  • Provides transparency to employees regarding how talent is evaluated, measured and rewarded
  • Reviews staffing patterns and needs; determines staffing shortages and need for hires
  • In conjunction with Recruiting and Department Supervisors, identifies and hires new talent
  • In collaboration with the Department Supervisors, determines how to best ‘onboard’ new hires into their respective department, by designing and establishing a new hire training and support program.
  • Prefer 10 years professional work experience
  • Prefer 5 years in a managerial/supervisory role providing direct oversight/supervision of staff
  • Prefer 2-3 years in a Resource Management function; overseeing the staffing of creative projects
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (proven ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a variety of groups, e.g., artists, supervisors, executives, show leadership, technology leadership etc.)
  •  Effective collaborator; possesses excellent consensus-building skills 
  •  Influences through strong relationships; can manage a complex set of stakeholders
  •   Intuitive and analytical approach to problem solving, successfully anticipates long-term impact 
  • Successfully recognizes and troubleshoots potential risks/issues and offers proactive solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully organize people, projects and information 
  •  Detail oriented with exceptional organizational and analytical skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Advanced Excel Skills preferred

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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