Pipeline Developer / Technical Director – Detroit, MI

Pipeline Developer / Technical Director


Detroit, MI


Job Description:


SALARY: $160,000-$180,000



Aquent is excited to partner with a leading brand and impact group who brings the best design, graphics, technology, production, and process optimization to the field! Our client is looking for a talented Pipeline Developer / Technical Director who will play a key role in building and maintaining the studio’s global CGI production pipeline. The development team is responsible for everything from building art and production tools, to backend software integration, to site and render automation.

Essential Responsibilities, Accountabilities & Results:

Work alongside the Pipeline team to develop according to team standards

Build database automation across multiple locations

Monitor integration and scripts on the global render resources

Work directly with the production team to troubleshoot and solve issues such as repairing corrupt configuration files, password security, etc.

Write and maintain clear documentation for tools/scripts including video tutorials

Provide technical UI for design and development

Must be familiar with system software and hardware.

Educational & Experience Minimum Requirements:

High School Diploma/GED or equivalent

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Game Development, or a similar program preferred

Proficient in Python 2.x/3.x, or a similar language

Familiarity with CGI production tools such as Maya, Unreal Engine, Houdini, Nuke a plus

Understanding CGI processes and production workflow

Experience with a digital asset management systems like Shotgun or Ftrack is a plus

Experience using Git, or another version control system

Competency Requirements:

Ability to work collaboratively with a team of developers on the same product

Creative problem-solving

Adept at learning new tools and software

Technologically savvy

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to complete work accurately in a time-sensitive environment

Detail- and deadline-oriented

Able to multitask and be flexible

Works independently under defined objectives, priorities, and deadlines

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The following physical requirements are commonly performed in this job. There are times, on occasion, when the employee may be asked or expected to perform duties with physical requirements that are different from those listed here. It is the employee’s duty to notify the management of any physical limitations or inability to perform a certain task.

Regularly required to sit; hand mobility, use of voice

Frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms.

Occasional lifting and/or movement of up to 20 pounds.

Vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Travel Requirements:

Travel is required on a minimal basis.

Supplementary Information:

This description is based upon management’s assessment of the requirements and functions of the job as of the date this description was prepared or revised. It is a general guideline for managers and colleagues. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Management reserves the right on a temporary or indefinite basis to modify as necessary to meet changing business conditions.

This client will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all legal requirements.


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