Systems Engineer

  • London, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Moving Picture Company (MPC) is a global creative studio with a single goal: to create experiences that move people. With decades of storytelling experience, we are perpetually pushing the limits of what is technologically and artistically possible to tell visually stunning stories. MPC continues to lead in an ever-evolving industry, building authentic and long-lasting connections with audiences across all channels.

Job Description

MPC works with and continually invests in new technologies, and a key part of the organization is the Engineering team which develops and maintains the infrastructure on which all the visual effects are created.

There is currently a vacancy for the position of Systems Engineer.  This role offers the successful candidate unlimited potential to advance technical skills, offers experience with state-of-the-art technology and opportunity to learn from talented digital media specialists.

The Systems Engineer works in collaboration with VFX Supervisors, Compositing Supervisors, 3D Animators and Production staff to advise management and clients.


  • Ensure systems run reliably and perform as required
  • Work with the Technology team on design, development and implementation of software tools and programs to achieve the desired functionality of the production stages
  • Work with the Technology team to develop tools and systems to increase efficiency of the technology infrastructure
  • Identify upcoming requirements, recommend and implement solutions
  • Provide technical support for VFX Artists using mainly Linux workstations
  • Take ownership of and assist the team with various evaluation, installation, development and decommissioning projects.
  • Keep abreast of latest developments in data based workflows, knowledge of audio and video systems, Autodesk, Foundry products as well as working practices of high-end commercial post-production.
  • Artist support: oversee deployment of workstations, calibration of monitors, general IT issues (email, Internet access…)
  • Manage preventative maintenance schedules.
  • Act as an expert resource on equipment issues.
  • Work with Producers, Artists and Operations to understand individual projects and advise on strategies to streamline services and achieve client objectives within budget and technical limitations


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering. Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years' UNIX/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows system administration experience
  • A knowledge of programming with C/C++ or scripting languages such as Python, bash, tcsh, and Perl
  • An understanding of technologies such as MySQL, NFS, Apache, Subversion and RPM
  • Engineering level knowledge of standard CG and compositing applications (Maya, Houdini, Flame, Nuke …)
  • Experience with render farms and queuing systems

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