Director of IT

SpinVFX is an award winning visual effects studio with offices in Toronto and Atlanta.  We are looking for a Director of IT to lead our systems team based in Toronto.

Job Description

Serving as the senior technology leader reporting to the CTO, you will be leading SpinVFX’s technology strategy, execution, and operational initiatives and managing key vendor relationships. Additionally the Director of IT will be focused on supervising all Systems and IT functions whilst collaborating with Operations to assist in any expansions, security and ongoing maintenance of SPIN’s assets and the studio at large.   The Director of IT will be responsible for establishing and maintaining processes and effective project management.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee all technology operations
  • Work with Spin team and CTO to define the enterprise architecture for current and future requirements
  • Review, improve and maintain IT security in accordance with strict industry standards (TPN)
  • Act as studio contact for security audits and security-related communications with clients
  • Establish and maintain IT policies and practices to support the implementation of strategies set by management
  • Work with team to identify efficient and cost effective hardware, software and services
  • Facilitate approvals and purchasing of hardware, software and support renewals
  • Inspect the use of technological equipment and software to ensure functionality and efficiency
  • Identify the need for upgrades, configurations or new systems
  • Participate in studio space planning and logistics with Director of Operations and Senior Management
  • Assist in building relationships with vendors and creating cost-efficient contracts
  • Interview, hire and train new systems department members
  • Manage ticket system to ensure proper delegation and timely resolution of issues
  • Be the main point of contact for systems team, including after hours and on weekends
  • Provide training, guidance and feedback to systems team
  • Delegate and oversee IT projects and initiatives
  • Coordinate with Production to schedule systems support after hours and on weekends when required
  • Act as the main point of contact for building management for scheduled semi-annual and emergency building shutdowns and other maintenance
  • Oversee Cloud infrastructure (Azure, AWS)
  • Ensure the highly collaborative systems team is motivated and supported
  • Help troubleshoot complex or urgent issues that require escalation

Requirements

  • Proven experience as Director/Head of IT or similar role
  • 5+ years hands-on experience working in an IT team in a senior role plus 2+ years in a management role

●     BSc in Information Technology, Computer Science or Computer Engineering

  • Experience in analysis, implementation and evaluation of IT systems and their specifications
  • Sound understanding of computer systems (hardware/software), networks etc.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication abilities with both Management, Staff and Vendors
  • Experience hiring, managing, and retaining a team of talented technology professionals
  • IT management experience in media and entertainment industry a plus

Relevant Technology Experience

  • Dell EMC Isilon
  • Extreme Networks
  • Veritas NetBackup
  • Pixar Tractor or other render manager
  • Puppet/Foreman
  • Containerization
  • Cloud services
  • VMware

If you want to find out more please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@spinvfx.com. Be sure to include “Director of IT” in the subject line.