Contracts Manager

Wētā FX is the standard-bearer for creativity and innovation in visual effects and animation, attracting talent, partners, and clients that seek to push what is possible in pursuit of their artistic vision. Along the way, our ground-breaking work has earned six visual effects Academy Awards®, 12 Academy Sci-Tech Awards and six visual effects BAFTA Awards in addition to the 34 Visual Effects Society Awards awarded to us by our peers. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, we are best known for our work on The Lord of the Rings, Avatar and the Planet of the Apes franchise. We've recently finished work on a number of projects including Mr Corman, The Green Knight and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

As a Contracts Manager you will be responsible for facilitating the management of our crew contracts.

Working in a fast-paced environment, we need someone with great interpersonal skills and attention to detail who can work with our talented crew, managers, and the Talent and Culture team to negotiate our crew contracts. Contracts Managers have their own portfolio to look after and are part of the wider Talent and Culture team, reporting to the Talent & Culture Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide a bridge for communication between Wētā FX's management team, department management and individual contractors
  • To work within budget parameters as directed
  • To successfully negotiate contracts and manage the contracting process and all administrative aspects
  • To be the first point of contact for all crew contract queries
  • To proactively prioritise workloads appropriately in a fast paced and evolving environment
  • To remain adaptable working across various departments.

Needs to know and have

  • Negotiation and relationship management skills
  • Great communication skills and maturity (i.e. be good with people and sensitive during negotiations)
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • An aptitude for problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritise in a constantly evolving environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Awareness of the sensitive nature of the role and the importance of confidentiality
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 Suite and the ability to learn bespoke database systems quickly.

Wētā FX is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate our diversity and believe in creating an environment where all our crew feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated.

Applicants must be willing to relocate to Wellington for this role, able to start soon and are a NZ citizen or have an open work visa with no restrictions in place.

Location: Wellington - New Zealand

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