Head of Layout

Shot Prep (Shoot, and Layout) London, United Kingdom


Position at DNEG

As the Head of our Layout Department, you will develop and support consistent workflows in your department, ensuring the right tools and methodologies are being used to deliver a variety of work to the highest standard in an effective manner. You will be accountable and responsible for helping define these workflows and approach in order to maximise efficiency of the show teams. You will help design and set standards for the Layout department in order for your team to create the highest standard of work in the most optimised manner. You will engage in the layout process with a positive & supportive attitude and can demonstrate an excellent eye for detail and ability to anticipate potential problems.

Working alongside the other Head of Departments at DNEG, you will be responsible for communicating on behalf of the Layout team, being the point of contact for collaboration for all shows and implementing strategies to improve operational efficiency on an on-going basis.

DNEG is a truly international company working with one pipeline and one vision to provide the very best visual effects and managing international communication across departments and shows is key to this role.  Working closely with your Head of Layout counterparts in our other studios, you’ll contribute to planning the division of work between locations to maximise resources and productivity. 

The line management of your Layout team including Layout Supervisors is a core part of this role. You will be accountable for conducting probationary reviews, annual appraisals including salary discussions, performance management and succession planning alongside hiring for your team when required. You’ll be responsible for developing your team and fulfilling their potential by providing mentorship and guidance. 

Must Have

  • Experience as a Layout Supervisor, with proven capability in managing and delivering complex Layout requirements
  • Extensive experience within VFX, a thorough understanding of the VFX pipeline
  • Extensive experience in the VFX industry
  • Significant supervision and/or management experience in the VFX industry
  • Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes initiative to propose ideas and suggestions
  • Experienced in project management, able to prioritise tasks & time efficiently and can give accurate time estimates on work.
  • Experienced in Coaching & mentoring artists in new techniques and efficiencies.
  • Excellent technical skills 
  • Talent to influence and build strong working relations within an organisation
  • Ability to understand the needs and demands of VFX Supervisors in a production driven environment

Nice to Have

  • Previous knowledge of the DNEG processing pipeline
  • Experience in Lidar scanning and processing. 
  • Maya and/or equivalent 3D software knowledge
  • Previous experience working in or with development teams
  • Software product ownership

About You

  • Highly motivated
  • Organised, proactive and a self-starter
  • Ability to work with competency, energy & enthusiasm with little supervision
  • Excellent listening & communication skills, able to take direction and receive criticism
  • A team player with clear communication, and a keenness for collaboration
  • A team leader, approachable and personable, with strong motivational qualities
  • Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques – including proprietary software
  • Problem Solver
  • Organised
  • Calm under pressure and committed to help productions meet deadlines
  • Effective People Coach
  • Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes initiative to propose ideas and suggestions

About Us
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading VFX and animation studios for the creation of award-winning feature film, television and multiplatform content. We employ nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai).