Senior Pipeline Engineer

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El Ranchito is a VFX company with in Madrid, Spain. Over the years we have worked on several films, tv series and commercials, including Game of Thrones, Lost in Space and A Monsters Call.

We are looking for a Senior Pipeline Engineer for our R&D department in Madrid. The ideal candidate has previously worked in a VFX or Animation environment, having strong analytic and programming skills.


  • Work with the supervisors from different departments and the production TD to identify the requirements and design pipeline solutions to implement our workflow
  • Work with the Head of R&D to identify priorities and schedule the development work
  • Document workflow, pipeline and conventions both technically (internal R&D documentation) and practically (for artists use)
  • Work with production, supervisors and production TD to define the roll-out strategy of new features across different shows
  • Mentor junior and mid developers about pipeline engineering
  • Manage development projects in collaboration with other developers


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering (or equivalent) or proven experience in a similar position
  • At least 5 years of experience in the Visual Effects or Animation industry
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Maya, Nuke and Houdini
  • Proven experience in developing complex projects with Python
  • Experience in designing and developing tools for artists
  • Experience with Deadline
  • Experience with VRay and Alembic
  • Experience with developing automation scripts for Shotgun
  • Experience with PySide, OpenMaya, Nuke Python API and Houdini Python API
  • Experience with source control systems (GIT, SVN, etc.)
  • Ability to supervise the work of other developers
  • Experience with agile development (scrum)
  • You would be a star if you also had experience with:
    • VEX
    • MEL
    • MYSQL
    • Master in Engineering
    • C++

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