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Department Assistant

MPC Film
0 to 2 Years
Posted on 25 Feb 19
Job DescriptionLast Date 31 Mar 19

MPC is a leading player in VFX and responsible for creating some of the phenomenal affects for legendary titles such as Blade Runner 2049, The Jungle Book, and the X Men series.  

  • We have studios all over the globe with teams of creative experts and cutting edge digital knowhow. 
  • The Department Assistant (DA) is responsible for supporting the Department Manager (DM) in their function as the people manager within the assigned department. 
  • The DA helps to ensure department operations are continuous, efficient and documented while contributing to the timely and efficient completion of shows.
  • The DA will also contribute to the long-term success of the department, they will support the DM in effectively managing their teams.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • People management
  • Support the DM’s running of department meetings by assisting with departmental, local studio and global (where relevant) information
  • Assist with review of timesheets, reporting artist’s presence at the studio (logging of hours, time off, vacations and sickness)
  • Assist with reporting process for department overtime and TOIL requests
  • Send daily sick/late emails
  • Provide ad-hoc assistant to the Department Manager
  • Team Set Up and Management
  • Sourcing of production items and materials in support of the artist’s work stations
  • Check and request OT meals for the department
  • Hiring Management
  • Assist with setting up candidate interviews where appropriate 


  • Day to day resource management for the department, working with the DM to make sure the team has everything it needs to work effectively
  • Assistance with sync queue management

Engagement and Proposition:

  • Champion a positive and creative culture of high performance, supporting the brand as a global industry leader in visual effects
  • Assist with reward and recognition activities
  • Work with the DM to adopt, embed and roll out company initiatives within the department
  • Assist with the management of new starters ensuring a positive experience into the studio and department

Key Skills:

  • Strong project management skills and a sensitivity towards deadline related deliveries
  • Organisational skills – personal efficiency, time management skills and the ability to prioritise competing demands are key
  • Communication skills – ability to work within a team, cooperating with diverse personalities and viewpoints; the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others is vital
  • Role modelling – demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of an organisation
  • Trust –  a trusted confidante on department issues
  • Detail orientated, highly motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment with challenging deadlines

Job Type

Interview Type

Face to Face Interview, Telephonic Interview

Company Description

MPC have been one of the global leaders in VFX for over 25 years and counting, with industry-leading facilities in London, Vancouver, Montréal, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Shanghai and Bangalore

Renowned for adding visual wonder and creative expertise to the advertising, film and entertainment industries, some of our most famous projects include blockbuster movies such as The Jungle Book, Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, Ghost in the Shell, the Harry Potter franchise, Prometheus and Life of Pi. MPC's advertising campaigns include work for brands such as Samsung, Coca Cola, Sony, John Lewis and Channel 4.

Our broad range of skill-sets provide a multitude of creative solutions, including concept design, pre-viz, shoot supervision, 2D compositing, 3D/CG effects, animation, motion design, software development, digital & experiential production, colour grading for advertising and any combination of these services. 

 MPC is the sum of the parts: creative partners and a range of creative solutions harnessed through a dedication to collaboration. It all comes together in our enthusiastic and talented people, working every day to be a part of creating some of the best and most inspirational work in the industry.