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5 reasons to move to Ottawa and work at Mercury Filmworks!

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Mercury Filmworks is hiring a Senior Systems Administrator to lead their IT team. The role would involve developing, maintaining, refining and supporting the technology infrastructure of the company.

The studio is an international leader in 2D animation and works on major projects with Disney (“The Lion Guard”, “Tangled The Series”) and Netflix (“Hilda”), alongside their own work (“Atomic Puppet”) — all produced in Toon Boom Harmony. Here are some quick details on the job:

Type: Full-Time Employee

Salary: $77,000 or as appropriate to the experience of the candidate. Medical/dental benefits and RRSP plan available.

Positions available: 1

Start Date: Negotiable

Job Reference Number: SSA-0417

All applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (candidates must be willing to relocate to Ottawa, Canada).

See why you should work at Mercury Filmworks here!

 Located in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, Mercury has been instrumental in establishing the creative industry in a place most consider a staunch government town. The city, just shy of a million people and the fifth largest in the country, is undergoing something between a renaissance and a renovation. With Canada’s 150th funnelling funds —and attention— towards Bytown, Mayor Jim Watson said, “We’re going through one of the most significant transformations in our history.”

While ‘the 613’ may lack the brand power of Toronto’s 6ix, Ottawa is growing its swagger through infrastructure, investment and inner city growth; the capital has never been more attractive to young people and families. Don’t believe us? Consider these 5 reasons why you should move to Ottawa and work at Mercury Filmworks.rideau-centre-renovation.jpegSource: Cadillac Fairview.

  1. Ottawa is anything but boring.

When it comes to having a good time, Ottawa has a PR problem. “Maclean’s” columnist Allan Fotheringham famously described it as “the town that fun forgot". Ouch. Fortunately, Ottawa is changing. A condo boom has seen the population of the city’s core explode, attracting young people as well as a thriving restaurant scene along Elgin Street, and in Centretown and the Byward Market. In 2016, the Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest mall and de facto transit and retail nucleus, opened after a $360-million expansion. No longer do stylish Ottawans have to drive to Montreal or Toronto for shops like Simons, H&M and Nordstrom.byward-market-ottawa-tourism.jpgSource: Ottawa Tourism.

  1. It’s the best place to live in Canada.

According to “MoneySense”, Ottawa is where you should be living if you want a high quality of life and high income. The average household brings in $91,510 annually and the local economy is stable thanks to the public service and tech sector. Throw in the fact that it’s pedestrian-friendly, has a growing restaurant and retail scene, and is getting a new transit system next year, and you can see why “MoneySense” named Ottawa the best place to live in Supply and Demand.

  1. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

Ottawa has some decidedly hip neighbourhoods. Think: funky restaurants and bars, live music, boutique shopping, bike trails and parks. And you don’t have to live downtown; the city’s Wellington West area was profiled in the “The Globe and Mail” as an ‘it’ neighbourhood. Among the amenities and attractions are hip restaurants like Supply & Demand, which was named the fourth best in Canada by “enRoute Magazine” in 2013, as well as arts venues and theatres, and trendy shops like NRML Select and Frank & Oak.ottawa-LRT.jpgSource: EllisDon.

  1. All aboard in 2018.

As we mentioned earlier, Ottawa will soon be home to a new transit line: a 13-kilometre light rail system that stretches from Tunney’s Pasture in the city’s west end to Blair in the east, with a tunnel under downtown in between. The first phase is expected to open in 2018, with a proposed second stage extending even further west and east, as well as south, to be completed by 2023.

  1. Happy 150th birthday, Canada!

In 2017, Ottawa will play host to hundreds of events in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. (Mercury Filmworks actually contributed a short film towards this on National Canadian Film Day.) While a 12-month party is hardly a reason to uproot and move to a city, both the federal and municipal government have been investing millions into sprucing Ottawa up for the occasion — and this will benefits generations to come. The National Arts Centre, for instance, has undergone a complete renovation.

For more details on the Senior Systems Administrator position at Mercury Filmworks, click here.