Head of Pipeline

Reporting to the CEO/ECD

SB is an award-winning Creative Production Studio with an international reach that produces beautiful imagery and cross platform solutions for brands and advertising agencies.

We were the original pioneers of digital retouching in 1991, and one of the very first post-production studios to fully harness the potential of CGI and develop in-house capability. Today, we continue to innovate and stretch creative and technical boundaries, with fully integrated production that encompasses everything from CGI, Animation and Stills, to Shoot Production, Motion Capture and VFX with the added layer of neuroscience-backed emotional measurement & optimisation.

You will be developing and supporting SB’s production pipeline; keeping it efficient and up-to-date in response to new production challenges, and playing a key role in allowing our artists to be as creative and productive as possible, and deliver sensational imagery.


As head of the pipeline department, you will be accountable for designing and implementing our future production toolset whilst supporting the existing tools and workflows.


You will be liaising directly with other HOD including Head of CG, Senior artists, CDs, producers and the IT department to identify and address integral improvements to our workflow.


Key Responsibilities

  • Accountability for defining and developing the overall strategy of the pipeline department to suit the business needs, with monthly progress reports to senior management.
  • Lead task assignment, training and mentoring of the pipeline team during project delivery.
  • Review outputs from development team and direct progress to achieve desired results.
  • Work closely (and build/ foster positive relationships internally) with Senior department leads/ heads to identify and deliver best practise pipeline solutions and ensure a smooth transition of work from one team to the next.
  • Develop the pipeline team skill sets, look at how we work and improve process in collaboration with other Heads of Department
  • Help identify and recruit new members of the pipeline team when required.
  • Actively promote and police the development of new technical solutions and use of tools to optimise standardise and improve our productivity and quality, best practice and process.
  • Be alert to emerging and new technologies. Feed valuable insight back to the business about R&D potential strategies that could benefit SB.
  • Work positively towards team motivation and cohesion. Manage your team/ line reports effectively to retain a talented, motivated, productive and effective team. This will require you to deliver feedback to your team via regular performance appraisals, manage underperformance and feed into/ deliver annual pay reviews that are in line with your departmental budget.
  • Effectively represent your department at relevant regular meets and forums where a view from pipeline is required – weekly seniors meet, weekly production meets.
  • Be hands on when required to drive best approach and setting up workflows and lead by example in terms of execution and expected productivity of your team.

Required Skills

  • R&D Leadership skills
  • Python experience is essential
  • C++, Maya Mel Scripting
  • Experience with systems work/linux
  • Adept within an agile environment
  • A very good learner to quickly settle in with visual effects
  • Maya Mel / Maya API experience
  • Deadline
  • Dev- ops and web development
  • Team management experience


Meet our People

Marie Boutteçon

You are absolutely AMAZING. We have no words! Imagery is splendid and the details - I mean - when the bubble is exploding and transforms into metal; and the movement of the pretty snake. We are full of joy and happiness today. Thank you for your fabulous work, I would love to hug you all right now! We are very lucky we met and now we can say to all the world, you are the best creative studio ever!

Marie Boutteçon
Lee Irvine

“As I mentioned it was very well received, with various comments being made on its realism, lighting and quality. “Very lifestyle”, “Painterly feeling” and “great attention to “colour temperature” are some of the (paraphrased) complements that were mentioned.

Lee Irvine
Brand Visualisation Manager
Nathan Stokes

I wanted to personally thank you all for your hard work bringing our concept to life. The client is very happy and so are we. The detail and time you have put into it shows. I’m excited to use it in our materials!

Nathan Stokes
Senior Art Director
Francine D’Amico

Lizzie, Andrew and everyone who worked on this were fantastic, as usual. I absolutely love working with your team and I hope we can do it again very soon. The client and my team are thrilled with the image. It is beautiful.

Francine D’Amico
Senior Producer
Vector (2)

Can't wait to work with you all again! I know it was a HUGE ask! And you came through like rockstars! So a HUGE thank you is in order! The clients at the pitch were impressed with all the visuals! Cheers, your new art fan!

Samantha Rodriguez
Inventiv Health