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Certification Lead


Company Profile

For over thirty years, SideFX has been providing artists with procedural 3D animation and visual effects tools designed to produce the highest-quality cinematic results. We are passionate about what our customers do because our roots are in production, both as artists and as pioneering technical innovators.


SideFX has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science multiple times - including with an Oscar® - for the development of our Houdini software, and its breakthrough procedural-based technology.


Houdini is used by the world’s top film, TV, and game studios to create blockbuster movies such as Black Panther and Moana, captivating TV shows like  Spider-Man, The Lion King and Godzilla vs. Kong, TV shows like The Crown, Game of Thrones and S.W.A.T., and video games like Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Age of Empires. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Imageworks, Weta Digital, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, and many more.



What We Value Most:


  • Decency: We treat everyone with honesty, kindness and empathy. We give generously of our time and knowledge
  • Relationships: We build collaborative bonds—with our co-workers and clients—based on trust and respect. Our diverse team gives us broader perspectives
  • Dedication: We take pride and ownership in our work, always trying to do our best. We are devoted to the well-being and success of each other and our clients
  • Excellence: We continually improve ourselves, our work and our company, striving towards excellence in all that we do



Our employees receive:


  • Hybrid Work option - A great office in Downtown Toronto (right across from Union Station) with the flexibility for most roles to work from home. You can help us test out our Hybrid Pilot Project
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation and floater days to relax and re-energize (starting at 4 weeks)
  • Year-End Company Shutdown and Long Weekend Early departures to add to the excitement
  • Health insurance coverage (including a Health Service Spending Account for Canadian employees), for you and your dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP); because sometimes we need a bit of extra support
  • Retirement Plan with company matched contributions
  • Comprehensive Long Service Award program, providing both a monetary reward and additional days off
  • A highly competitive bonus structure
  • A generous sick time entitlement to care for yourself and your loved ones



Why join SideFX?


  • Because you want to be part of a unique experience and winning team that has won an Oscar and an Emmy (Cool, right?)
  • Because you want to be part of an industry-leading company that is constantly mindfully growing
  • Because you want to work with some of the most talented people in the industry on a ground-breaking product
  • Because you want to work with people from all around the world
  • Because you want to be part of an exciting and fun industry
  • Because you want to join and add to a positive, supportive and respected company culture
  • Because you want your job to be GREAT!


Position Overview

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our talented Education and Training team in this new role, reporting to the Education and Training Manager.

This position will oversee the credentialing operations of SideFX Software. The individual in this position will be responsible for creating, overseeing, and tracking all Houdini credentialing and re-credentialing procedures. This role will lead the effort with regard to developing and expanding strategies for certification. The successful candidate will develop and implement procedures and tooling to drive accelerated learning development across multiple verticals including Film, Television, Games, and Visualization.


What you will be working on

  • Execute the development, implementation and documentation of processes, platforms, and tools for certifying institutions and individuals on SideFX products.
  • Collaborate with multiple teams to create, implement, and monitor credentialing standards and procedures.
  • Develop a global go-to-market strategy for certification services. 
  • Make certification-related presentations internally and externally at conferences, technical events, and client meetings (including periodic travel). 
  • Develop a database of certified organizations and individuals and manage ongoing updates as required.
  • Contribute to the selection, development, and provision of training content.
  • Work with Training Leads to continuously build familiarity with SideFX products.
  • Support a community of credentialed clients, as well as new candidates for credentialing.
  • Champion the benefits of certification to customers working in different contexts (Commercial, Academic).
  • Analyze and report on credentialing program results.
  • Lead project schedules, and roadmaps through collaboration with product managers, exam distribution vendors, procurement, and localization team.
  • Manage launch of newly updated exams including completion of ancillary certification content.
  • Assist internal channels with certification related inquiries from customers and test takers on all certification products and platforms.
  • Source, evaluate, and implement a credentialing platform that meets the needs of the department.


What you need to be successful

  • BS / MS degree (Computer Science, Instructional Design, or equivalent technical degree).
  • Working knowledge, or prior experience with general credentialing platforms and practices
  • Experience and ability to define processes.
  • Strong ability to communicate (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrates analytical skills to make administrative and procedural decisions and use independent judgment.
  • Demonstrate ability to work cooperatively with employees, peers, senior leadership, and external customers. 
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work and projects to ensure focus on high impact/value added activities and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in project management.


Not required but great to have

  • Experience in Visual Effects, Game Dev., or Computer Graphics Industry.
  • Experience with designing a credentialing program for creative software packages.
  • Experience communicating or training a technical audience.
  • Understanding of the psychometric and statistical processes involved in exam development.
  • Experience using a LMS (Learning Management System) platform.
  • Experience using a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform such as Salesforce, Copper, etc.


Our transit-friendly head office location, directly adjacent to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto, is open-concept with a relaxed style that includes casual dress, and wraparound views from the 14th floor. Locations other than Toronto will be considered within our company’s possibilities.



SideFX is committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities, upon request.