Head of Look Development R&D

Weta Digital is an industry-leading, award-winning visual effects and animation facility based in Wellington, New Zealand.

We are hiring for a Look Dev R&D Head of Department, to join our Look Development Management team.

A key focus of your role will be to develop goals and a vision for the way work is to be undertaken within the department, ensuring that the vision aligns with the overall Look Dev group as well as Weta Digital in general.

Our Look Dev R&D team of 10, build and support all tools used for look development, including texturing, material authoring, surfacing and appearance modelling. We also conduct research in appearance-related problems, material filtering, material measurement and texture creation for the purposes of improving quality and efficiency of the Look Development teams.

To be successful in this role you will -

  • Understand the responsibilities and expectations of the Look Dev R&D department, including pipeline, and its alignment to the wider group and organisational strategy
  • Have a deep understanding of the technology and techniques relevant to the department disciplines
  • Have a strong interest and excellent understanding of optics, materials, lighting, form
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of artistic skills
  • Enjoy a dynamic work environment and demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Be able to represent Weta Digital professionally in all external interactions
  • Understand and manage financial/budget information as required
  • Have well-developed team & project management skills
  • Nice to have: 10+ years or equivalent of practical VFX post-production experience

This is an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in a team at the centre of ground- breaking work. You will be part of a small and highly motivated team that is working to make a difference. If this sounds like you then apply today!

Location: Wellington - New Zealand