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Sr. Systems Engineer

Spire Animation Studios, Inc.
San Mateo, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Our Studio

At Spire Studios we empower world-class and diverse creative and technical talent from all mediums to entertain global audiences through animated feature films with heartfelt storytelling, captivating worlds, and inspiring characters.

Key to our vision is developing a real-time enabled pipeline that brings intimacy back to the animation process while pushing the creative envelope. Our team has worked on many of the earliest and most successful 3D animated films, and have experienced firsthand the exponential increase in visual complexity and crew sizes as narrative appetite and audience expectations have grown. GPU accelerated rendering and game engines unlock new workflows that can upend long held assumptions underpinning the assembly line approach of legacy studios.

The Job

The Senior Systems Engineer will help support and deploy Spire’s next-generation, cloud-based content production pipeline for high-end animation. We are developing a work-from-anywhere approach that will depend on a rock solid systems foundation that integrates the latest cloud technology with our high-power on-premise hardware. The Senior Systems Engineer will work with our technical and creative leads to help engineer a multi-regional platform for remote and in-person collaboration. Come and help lay the groundwork for what will become the future of the animation industry.


  • Work in a cross-functional team to architect and engineer the most optimal cloud-based and on-prem solutions for the studio.

  • Engineer and manage Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions for the studio.

  • Engineer and manage globally-distributed VDI solutions.

  • Engineer and manage cloud and on-prem replicated storage solutions.

  • Engineer and manage Windows software lifecycle management IaC (Infrastructure as Code) pipeline.

  • Architect and manage cloud and on-prem solutions supporting the studio asset-management pipeline.

  • Plan and operate the network, VPN, MFA, IPAM, DNS and Cert management solutions for the studio.

  • Proactively monitor and troubleshoot systems engineering issues.

  • Operate Spire's cloud platform and provide service owner support and participate in incident escalations.

  • Administrator laptops, workstations, and cloud-based instances throughout the company.

  • Stay current with industry trends, making recommendations as needed to help the organization innovate and excel.


  • Systems Engineering experience in a Windows and Mac environment including Active Directory (or AAD).

  • Experience deploying and managing resources in AWS using tools such as Cloud Formation, Packer or Terraform.

  • Experience running SMB or NFS (file services ) at scale.

  • Demonstrable scripting experience with a variety of scripting languages for automating tasks, generating reports, and creating tools (e.g. Bash, Python, PowerShell).

  • Experience with network design, MFA, IPAM, DNS, VPN gateways, routing protocols and cyber security.

  • Experience managing a VDI solution (like Teradici, Leostream or Parsec).

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent experience.

  • Skilled at working in tandem with a team of engineers, or alone as required.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to stay focused on completing tasks and meeting goals within a busy workspace.


  • Experience operating Perforce.

  • Experience with Unreal Engine.

  • Experience operating high capacity GPU farms.

  • Linux and Kubernetes engineering experience.

  • Familiarity with CI/CD systems.

  • Media and Entertainment experience.

  • Passion for real-time rendering and animation.

  • Experience working with a globally distributed team.


  • Competitive salary.

  • “Go home” (finish work) at a decent time to hang out with your family and friends.

Spire Animation Studios, Inc.


San Mateo, CA



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