Software Developer - Lead, Core Engineering

  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Moving Picture Company (MPC) has been a global leader in visual effects (VFX) for over 25 years and counting, with established facilities across the globe.  We are renowned for adding visual wonder and creative expertise to the film, advertising and entertainment industries, with some of our most famous projects including the blockbuster movies Blade Runner 2049, The Jungle Book, and The Martian, and advertising campaigns for Channel 4, Sony and IKEA.

MPC is part of Technicolor’s premiere portfolio of VFX brands and services, working alongside The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros to provide offerings tailored to the specific creative and storytelling needs of each project.  Within this collective, MPC has built a reputation for industrial-scale production of images, and the software development to enable this.

About The Team and Our Work

Our status as a world-class VFX facility has been achieved through the development of industry-leading software which empowers our artists to create stunning imagery.  We have curated a considerable portfolio of off-the-shelf and in-house software to meet these unique requirements, and continue to evolve and improve our technology as new needs emerge.  The Core Engineering team operates within a larger R&D devision to provide the business critical infrastructure that enables multiple projects with thousands of shots to be simultaneously completed across the globe efficiently and to the highest quality.

A blend of globally distributed software, systems and operations experts, we are responsible for building and maintaining key infrastructure and services in collaboration with site-local engineering teams and other specialized development teams.  With users in all areas of the company, our solution (the Core Platform) is based on a distributed micro-services environment providing capabilities in areas such as compute, storage, and digital asset management.  Development and operational support spans the stack from operating system through to desktop/web application front-ends.

In recognition of the flexibility, scalability and maturity of the Core Platform that has been created by the team for MPC, we have been tasked with establishing the Core Platform elsewhere, making it available to other business units that are part of Technicolor’s portfolio.

Job Description

About The Role

As an Infrastructure Engineer in the Core Engineering team, your role is to further the development of the Core Platform to meet the needs of our users and the wider business. 

You will draw on your skills and experience to both extract and modernise the Core Platform for use by other Technicolor companies, and to maintain ongoing use by MPC.  You will focus on developing the primary infrastructure for the platform, specifically the micro-services platform and associated monitoring.

The Core Platform has a broad scope and diverse user group.  While there is some expectation of the role to work across multiple aspects of the platform (building features, fixing bugs, general enhancements), some developers do specialise and focus on specific subject areas.  This may happen immediately, or after some time having gained familiarity with many areas of the platform.

 

Your Responsibilities

In this role, your responsibilities will include;

  • Work with your colleagues to fix bugs, improve performance, and extend capabilities from start to finish.
  • Define and develop services that form part of the 'batteries included' offering of the micro-services platform.
  • Advocate for professional standards of development.
  • Review events that impact availability and performance to guide future improvements.
  • Troubleshoot problems across different levels of the stack, and in production environments.
  • Take responsibility for code quality, always leaving projects in better state than before you started work.
  • Contribute to maintaining an authoritative source of documentation.
  • Coordinate with leadership to define and prioritise projects
  • Support the introduction of new technologies where and when appropriate.
  • Evangelise use of the Core Platform within MPC and other Technicolor business units.
  • Take initiative to improve the developer experience in small or large ways.
  • Mentor and pair with others in the team to encourage the professional and technical growth of others.
  • Take part in the hiring process by screening applicants, participating in interviews or posing interview questions as required.
  • Own your personal development plan and identify training opportunities for others in the team.
  • Provide some level of operational support for the platform as required.
  • Work with the product owner and stakeholders to establish requirements and report progress.

 

Qualifications

Your Responsibilities

In this role, your responsibilities will include;

  • Work with your colleagues to fix bugs, improve performance, and extend capabilities from start to finish.
  • Define and develop services that form part of the 'batteries included' offering of the micro-services platform.
  • Advocate for professional standards of development.
  • Review events that impact availability and performance to guide future improvements.
  • Troubleshoot problems across different levels of the stack, and in production environments.
  • Take responsibility for code quality, always leaving projects in better state than before you started work.
  • Contribute to maintaining an authoritative source of documentation.
  • Coordinate with leadership to define and prioritise projects
  • Support the introduction of new technologies where and when appropriate.
  • Evangelise use of the Core Platform within MPC and other Technicolor business units.
  • Take initiative to improve the developer experience in small or large ways.
  • Mentor and pair with others in the team to encourage the professional and technical growth of others.
  • Take part in the hiring process by screening applicants, participating in interviews or posing interview questions as required.
  • Own your personal development plan and identify training opportunities for others in the team.
  • Provide some level of operational support for the platform as required.
  • Work with the product owner and stakeholders to establish requirements and report progress.

About You

To succeed in the role, the following experience and competencies are required;

  • Production-level experience using Python for service backends or development infrastructure.
  • An understanding of concurrency as it applied to CPython, and writing code that scales gracefully.
  • Knowledge of the various components used to develop micro-service frameworks (such as uWSGI, NGINX, RabbitMQ and Flask).
  • Experience administering and gaining insight from monitoring tools (such as Grafana and Graylog).
  • A working understanding of HTTP and JSON.
  • Familiarity with source control, in particular Git, and associated best practices.
  • Comfortable working in a primarily Linux based development and runtime environment.
  • A solid knowledge of testing principles, in particular TDD and/or BDD.
  • Proven problem-solving skills around technical, product and business requests.
  • Be able to consider a technical solution from different perspectives, including algorithms, complexity, correctness, maintainability.
  • Collaborative and team oriented approach to product development, working with teams across locations, timezones and cultures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be self-motivated and demonstrate strong organisational skills.

Previous experience in the VFX industry is not required to be successful in this role.

Nice to Have

The following are not essential to be successful in the role, however prior experience or the desire to grow in these areas will be of benefit;

  • SQL and general database knowledge for query writing and optimisation.
  • Engage in engineering practices that avoid incidents and share knowledge of best practices for monitoring, alerting, etc
  • Understanding of CI/CD best practices and advocate for their use and improvement.
  • Familiarity with web frameworks and/or full stack development.
  • Cross-platform development on Windows and OS X.
  • Knowledge of Python packages and frameworks such as Flask, PyQt, PyMySQL, etc.
  • An interest in the architectural perspective - contributing to architectural decisions and other technical documentation.
  • Experience of Agile and lean methodologies, and an interest in process improvement in these areas.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment where requirements change.
  • Able to present technical concepts to a broad audience with varying level of technical understanding.
  • Experience working with large, legacy code bases; from maintenance and refactoring through to end-of-life support.
  • An awareness of security and keeping content secure.
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