Senior Systems Engineer

Technology (IT, IS, Media Systems) London, United Kingdom


Position at Industrial Light & Magic


  • Will lead, mentor, and collaborate with the technology teams on engineering projects, systems development, tech support and resolution of high level technical issues.
  • Responsible for day to day systems support in the London studio, including IT and engineering needs, triage, development and remediation.
  • Will provide the ‘face of technology’ in the studio while leveraging the support infrastructure from other ILM studios.
  • Manage local tech vendor performance, purchase and support expectations.
  • Will manage support escalations on behalf of London artists where issues cannot be resolved locally.
  • Partner with global Lucasfilm technology groups and production leadership to plan strategic roadmaps, anticipating near and long term needs.
  • Supervise utilization of production systems including monitoring, resource management and performance of any storage, desktop and rendering resource.
  • Manage the evaluation and development of emerging solutions to keep Lucasfilm on the leading edge of production technology.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with vendors, integrators, and service contractors.
  • Constantly monitor and adjust strategy to take advantage of advancements in the industry.
  • Support and train relevant personnel.
  • Provide support for production system issues when appropriate.
  • Provide regular status reports to management and executive teams.
  • Provide input for the relevant budgets and financial planning.
  • May be assigned to special projects, as needed

System Design

  • Propose, cost, design, develop and implement production engineering systems.
  • Direct systems engineering efforts in high performance computing, distributed compute environments, platform development (primarily Linux OS) and systems optimization.
  • Maintain production engineering standards and practices, with relevant documentation.

Technical Leadership

  • Lead technical projects from initial concept through deployment on schedule and on budget.
  • Conceptualize the design specifications, establish production client requirements, work with technology teams and clients to plan project costs, timelines, tasks, and dedicate appropriate resources.


  • Significant experience of systems engineering in complex heterogeneous environments.
  • Computer Science degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Solid experience with Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems and related hardware.
  • Excellent knowledge of high performance computing practices, systems engineering principles, core infrastructure services, and production systems and pipelines.
  • Be able to demonstrate foresight, creativity and mature judgment in resolving complex engineering challenges in a production environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, capable of negotiating resolution of critical engineering issues involving various technical teams.
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Previous experience as a technologist in the Visual Effects industry preferred.

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