Motion Graphics Operations Manager

Hollywood, California | Freelance | Job ID #61411 |
Posted Last Month

Our client, an entertainment based agency, is seeking a Motion Graphics Operations Manager to join the graphics team.


  • Liaise with all departments including AV, TV Streaming, Games, Digital, and Finishing to achieve creative goals in a profitable manner
  • Foster a creative and collaboratively fulfilling work environment for a department ranging from 15-25 active employees
  • Collaborate with Head of Graphics to assess and assign resources on current and upcoming campaigns
  • Guide and allocate the day-to-day resource needs in an ever-shifting high-volume creative environment
  • Communicate criteria of success and provide leadership/ mentorship for Graphics Admin teams providing clear guidance, feedback and supervision to encourage professional development
  • Forge new opportunities to improve upon efficiencies and processes as it pertains to the operations within the graphics department, and communications with other branches of the company
  • Oversee internal production profitability margins and overhead as related to individual project health, as well as all-in department health
  • Mentor, guide and support Graphics Producers in budgeting, and tracking project health on a project-by-project basis
  • Collaborate with finance department to complete actualizations for individual projects, and determine future projections
  • Review and approve all estimates, statements of work, schedule, budgets and other critical project documentation as it relates to motion graphics
  • Approve all invoices and POR’s as they apply to motion graphics
  • Approve budget estimates created by Graphics Producers for individual projects ensuring alignment from Job Producers and Finance while balancing creative standards
  • Point of contact for day-to-day workflow and process needs for all motion graphics staff ensuring they are accountable and prepared to deliver on the requirements their position demands
  • Oversee lifecycle of each project ensuring proper resources and efficiencies where applicable
  • Oversee and assist with finishing pipeline troubleshooting and support as needed
  • Practice quality-control measuring and corrective action steps to enhance product and ensure highest-quality deliverables
  • Responsible for identifying best-in-class suppliers, negotiating fees, hiring and managing outside vendor relationships/partnerships
  • Recruit and retain a robust and diverse team of Art Directors, Designers, 3D and 2D animators, as well as any specialized talent needed with a growing freelance roster
  • Manage the freelance roster, bookings and communications to secure current and future resource allocation balancing upcoming resource needs with department profitability
  • Ensure vendor documentation and requirements are clearly communicated and managed throughout the project
  • Assess, research and lead IT initiatives as well as help with troubleshooting where applicable
  • Manage production on a project basis as needed
  • In partnership with Head of Graphics, complete and execute performance reviews
  • Stay up-to-date on all competitive activity and new trends in the market place


  • 7-10 years Motion GFX or Post Production Supervision experience
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of colleagues, collaborators and vendors with many different personalities
  • Knowledge and experience in various mediums, including live action, animation post- production, social, digital, and banners with ability to determine timelines and resources necessary to complete requests
  • Proven track record of team management and leadership
  • Clear understanding of profit margins and P&L
  • Experience managing key clientele with a proven track record
  • Management of complex projects while prioritizing and adapting to shifting deadlines and expectations
  • Pro-active and results driven, thrive on problem-solving
  • Able to exercise discretion and keep the strictest levels of confidentiality
  • Team player with a positive attitude who enjoys collaborating with others to achieve team goals
  • Professional, creative, energetic and resourceful

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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