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Director of Design and Engineering

Animax Designs, Inc.
Nashville, TN
  • Expired: February 17, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Summary:

The Director of Design and Engineering is responsible for the leadership and development of Animax Design’s design and engineering department, which includes controls and automation, mechanical engineering, software engineering, show programming, and integration design.

The ideal candidate for this role has experience effectively leading a creative engineering team. A critical responsibility of this role is leading and unifying the team around the common goal of creating the most cutting-edge entertainment robotics and animatronic figures. Strong leadership skills are crucial.

In addition to people leadership, this role is responsible for the overall operations and performance of the department. This includes ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget, creating and following processes, and helping the department work cross-functionally with other areas of the organization.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Build the Team
    • Assess and determine staffing needs
      • Add, reduce, and reorganize staff as necessary in accordance with company procedure
    • Clearly define and set expectations with staff
    • Ensure managers are properly equipped for their jobs with training and process
    • Ensure continuity of the team though proper training, cross-training, and succession planning
  • Manage Operations
    • Provide administrative leadership in managing people, infrastructure, and facilities
      • Maintain a productive and safe work environment both within and outside of the physical department
    • Manage operation budgets and reporting
    • Manage and track supplies and inventory
    • Plan and facilitate effective meetings
    • Implement changes and new systems within the department to facilitate growth
    • Engage staff in defining and using best-practice tools and methodology
    • Maintain compliance with Animax policies, contractual obligations, and all applicable laws
    • Partner with HR to set policy and direction for the department
    • Partner with fellow Directors to ensure commonality across departments
  • Set Goals and Deliver Results
    • Set priorities and manage the workload of management staff
      • Strive to find balance with workload allocations for both staff, and self
      • Effectively allocate resources
    • Set cost and labor estimates during bid and planning phases
      • Track progress to ensure completion within targets and deadlines
    • Create strategy, goals, and plans for the team as appropriate
      • Set individual and team performance goals
      • Identify action steps and timelines to achieve objectives
  • Provide Supervision
    • Supervise staff activities and progress
      • Oversee workflow and take action to ensure performance
      • Learn to anticipate common issues and proactively work to prevent them
    • Set and enforce appropriate standards for quality and integrity
    • Act as a moderator or liaison and know when to seek assistance in resolving conflict
  • Share Information
    • Share needed information with staff in a clear and timely manner
      • Understand when information can and cannot be shared due to confidentiality
    • Provide a regular forum for sharing information within the department
    • Provide recognition and praise to motivate
    • Collaborate and share information with other members and groups across the organization
  • Acquire Technical Knowledge and Expertise
    • Demonstrate knowledge within the department’s functional area necessary to make decisions, supervise work and answer questions
    • Help facilitate technical conflict resolutions amongst staff
    • Effectively utilize relevant tools, applications, and systems
    • Embrace continuous learning and self-development, involving aspects pertaining to the department itself and the greater organization
  • Previous experience managing an engineering group
  • 15+ years of relevant work experience
  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary project groups through the entire product lifecycle
  • Ability to manage people in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite
Preferred Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree preferred
  • Experience working with an international organization is a huge plus!
  • Experience in the Themed Entertainment industry a plus, but not required
  • Proficiency in MS Project
About Animax Designs

In November of 1989, Animax Designs began with a simple mission: to create extraordinary three-dimensional characters with artistic integrity and cutting-edge technology. Our clients expect nothing but the best as they rely on us to expertly infuse life, beauty, and movement into their characters. Thirty years later that mission and our commitment to our clients remain our highest priority.

Serving some of the largest operators in the world, Animax Designs transforms ideas into dynamic and engaging character experiences that delight and entertain audiences in the themed entertainment, life attractions, location-based entertainment, commercial, film, and television industries. We bring unparalleled design, leading-edge technology, and superior craftsmanship to every aspect of our work, including intelligent animatronic and interactive characters, animated costumes, and puppets, delivering the highest quality product on time and on budget.

Working at Animax Designs

Creating extraordinary 3D characters takes a unique and diverse team all working together through creativity, commitment, and collaboration. Our team works together to uphold our reputation of providing unparalleled design, leading-edge technology, and superior craftsmanship for our clients. Join the team that brings the world’s favorite characters to life.

We offer a competitive benefits & perks package to all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with employer match, paid time off, and much more!

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 to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Animax Designs, Inc.


Nashville, TN
37207 USA



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