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Laika Recruiting Puppet Production Manager

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Puppet Production Manager

Category: Production Manager
Company: Laika
Location: Hillsboro (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

General Summary

As our Puppet Production Manager, you’ll ensure on-time delivery of all Puppet related tasks while providing managerial support to the Puppet team. You’ll create a long-term Puppet schedule in Shotgun, working closely with the Puppet Fabrication Supervisors, Producer and Production Management, making ongoing adjustments to meet larger scheduling and budgeting goals.

Essential Job Functions

Create and schedule specific Puppet related tasks, track and report productivity and evaluate potential obstacles to completion.
Ensure the Puppet team understands the goals and deadlines for all deliverables and is responsible, along with the Puppet Fabrication Supervisors, to meet these goals.
Work closely with the Producer and Production Accountant to ensure that the budget and schedules are accurate and up-to-date.
Partner with the Puppet Fabrication Supervisors to manage complexity by presenting leadership with options and allowing them to prioritize their wishes.
Partner with Production team and Puppet Fabrication Supervisors to create proven scenarios and schedules that accomplish creative and budgetary goals.
Provide Assoc. Puppet Manager, coordinators, creative leads and individual artists with weekly target deliverables.
Monitor the schedule of work to ensure the Puppet Dept. is on track to meet production priorities & deadlines. Communicate changes as needed.
Manage and mentor the production staff (direct reports).
Convey studio initiatives to the crew.
Work with the H.R. department on employee relations issues.
Partner with Recruiting department for all hiring needs as Hiring Manager.
Identify potential problem areas within the production work-flow and alert Production and Puppet Fabrication Supervisors to help new processes move forward.
Complete and deliver the performance feedback reviews for department.


Bachelor’s degree in film, art, communications or related field.
5+ years experience in a production management role in feature films, stop-motion experience a plus.
Ability to plan, schedule and monitor progress across multiple, interdependent departments.
An understanding of materials and processes used in Puppet fabrication.
Adaptable to the needs of Puppet Dept. and the studio as a whole.
Experience with asset management database software, preferably Shotgun
Proven project management experience with MS Project and Excel, or similar package (such as FastTrack).
Base-level knowledge of Photoshop a plus.
2+ years experience working with stop motion animation highly desired.
Able to work both collaboratively and independently.
Exhibit strong attention to detail, communication skills, great attitude, and work ethic.
Must be adaptable and capable of re-prioritizing according to evolving project goals.
Capable of motivating and leading teams with enthusiasm.
Calm and personable under pressure and when working toward tight deadlines within a production driven environment.
Clear planning, problem solving and analytic skills. Organized and methodical in approach to work.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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