Added by on 2015-01-17

Nerd Corps Seeking a Senior Software Developer

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About Us

Nerd Corps Entertainment, established in 2002, is a DHX Media company, boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome. With six shows in production, there is always a genre or character to keep you interested and challenged. But we’re more than just an animation studio. Our 400 creatives build stories, worlds, and experiences for kids that cut across platforms from television to online, games, toys, mobile—wherever kids are spending time. We handle all stages of our process in-house, from the IP creation and development to post-production, finance, sales and distribution, licensing and consumer products, and interactive development, making us a rarity in the industry. Our studio near Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive is a vibrant mixture of rookies and veterans, where those fresh out of college can continue learning from mid-career and senior artists, and where every level of experience can make the most of their talent on some of the best kids shows and games in the world.
Leo, Gemini, Emmy…been there, won that.
Come work for an award-winning studio and make cartoons, not war.

Department: Software
Location: Vancouver

About the Position

As the senior software developer, you are an integral member of Nerd Corps’ small, fast-paced software development team who provide the best and most effective solutions to manage and enhance our 3D animation production pipeline. Reporting to the director of software development, you will be involved in architecting, developing and optimizing our company’s render farm server/client systems. You will also be responsible for developing tools for job submission, reporting and monitoring the farm. You are an excellent problem solver who strives to meet our production needs in an efficient and effective manner. You are a great mentor to the team as well as an excellent leader on architectural design for technical solutions. This position requires you to be proactive, possess a broad knowledge of modern client/server and web technologies, and have a passion for creating scalable and innovative applications for the television/3D animation industry.


Develop the render farm server/client applications to produce content for the company in an efficient and cost-effective manner
Develop tools for artists and production staff to monitor the farm, gather metrics and generate reports
Assist the software/IT team and artists to oversee issues with the render farm
Oversee a team of developers to develop and maintain in-house client/server web-based project management systems and various production pipeline tools
Liaise with production staff to help define workflows and implement new tools and processes to improve efficiency
Analyze, improve and optimize our current systems
Lead the team in defining the technical aspects for designing new and existing production tools
Serve as a knowledge resource on the tools and techniques used by the team
Suggest and implement methodologies that would ensure the quality of the systems produced
Mentor the team on technical issues and communicate complex problems in a simple form to team members and production staff
Lead discussions in software-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas, and identify obstacles to the director of software development
Keep current on software development techniques and technology
Recommend any team training needs to the director of software development
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team


B.Sc. in computing science or equivalent experience
6-10 years of commercial experience, preferably in the animation/visual effects or related industry
Solid foundation with software development methodologies, client/server paradigm and object-oriented paradigms
Extensive knowledge in developing with C++ and Python
Expert knowledge of developing client/server applications on both Windows and Linux
Sound SQL skills and knowledge of relational database design—experience with MySQL is preferred
Strong knowledge of sockets and mutli-threading techniques
Experience with Tractor, Qube or other render farm systems
Experience writing RESTful APIs
Experience with MVC development framework such as Django
Strong working knowledge of web-based technologies including Python, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX/JSON and HTML/CSS
Able to execute on a project with limited supervision
Able to flag for issues and provide summarized report to the stakeholders
Able to collect requirements accurately and lead a team on technical aspects of the projects
Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas in a professional and positive manner
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Encourage feedback and new initiatives
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change
Quick learner with excellent troubleshooting skills
Understanding of Agile development process such as Scrum
Able to write clean and maintainable code
Experience working with revision control systems and defined coding standards
Not essential but would be great assets
Experience with Renderman, Vray or Arnold
Experience with message queuing systems and distributed computing environments
Experience in writing shaders
Experience with user experience design or usability testing
Understanding of web application security practices
Background in 3D computer graphics
Knowledge of 3D applications such as Autodesk Softimage, Maya, Nuke
Knowledge of or experience developing public large scale web applications

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THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the Nerd Corps team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.
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