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Animation Manager

Company: Apple
Location: Culver City
Posted on: May 29, 2023

Job Description:

Apple's Instructional Products group is looking for an experienced people manager with outstanding animation and project management skills to lead a team of motion designers in a fast-paced environment within Software Engineering. The Animation Manager is responsible for ensuring the high design quality of all our animated content, including UI animations and instructional videos in the Tips app on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, as well as help and user guides on device and the web.

This is an opportunity to lead and grow a small, talented team of motion designers focused on creating engaging animated content that connects with and guides our users to get the most out of Apple's hardware, software, and services.

Key Qualifications
Outstanding people skills, experience managing teams, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong project management experience: attention to detail, planning, project communication, issue resolution, change management, and risk management
Experience balancing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting aggressive timelines with a proven track record of delivering high-quality results
Exceptional creativity in concept development, storyboarding, and problem solving

Guide and support the animation team by providing clear direction to enhance the team's performance and build a culture of collaboration
Hire, mentor, and onboard motion design team members
Define the motion, transitions, and interactions of welcome experiences, short how-to videos, and user interface animations
Collaborate with designers, animators, instructional designers, and developers to create and build out interaction designs
Prototype user interactions that will help guide our users in the future
Be part of the broader Instructional Products Management team, including Content, Design, Engineering, Editorial, and Project Management to help lead business planning and department-wide initiatives

Have great leadership skills and a collaborative mindset
Can comprehend, communicate, and manage complex design tradeoffs
Have the flexibility and resourcefulness to manage changing business requirements, projects, and resources, adapting accordingly and positively
Understand and deal well with rapid development cycles
Are self-motivated and proactive, with demonstrated creative and critical-thinking capabilities

Education & Experience
BA degree in Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, or other related discipline

Additional Requirements

  • Must provide link to portfolio that demonstrates strong concepts and execution across mobile and desktop apps, web, or film/broadcast that highlights experience leading teams
  • Mastery of After Effects and other software for creating user interface animations and rapid user experience comps and prototypes
  • 8-10 years experience in motion graphics, broadcast, or animation
  • Deep understanding of Human Interface Guidelines for Apple platforms

Keywords: Apple, Los Angeles , Animation Manager, Executive , Culver City, California

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