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Production Manager

Birmingham (flexible)

An exciting opportunity for a skilled and motivated Production Manager to manage the delivery of a slate of broadcast and digital projects commissioned from leading arts and cultural organisations across the UK. Working with our commissioning and production team, you will be responsible for the contracting, support and delivery of high-profile cultural projects for BBC broadcast and online publication. This role is ideal for an ambitious self-starter. The role requires some attendance at our offices in Birmingham but there is flexibility on location and hours (estimated 4-5 days per week), depending on the experience and circumstances of the applicant. Context of Role: The Space is a unique commissioning and development organisation, which supports greater digital and broadcast access to arts and culture in the UK. We help arts and cultural organisations create a range of content from live event performance captures for BBC TV to short form marketing material, low-cost streaming to online curations and interactive projects. Founded by the BBC and Arts Council England in 2013 as a Community Interest Company, our objectives are: to increase the audience reach and impact of publicly funded arts and culture through digital and broadcast technologies, to build digital skills and confidence across the arts sector and to support the development and creation of innovative new content using digital technology. We look to increase reach and engagement with artistic and cultural content that would be inaccessible for many people because of cost, disability, geography or other access reasons. We support UK arts and cultural organisations to reach new audiences who may not consume cultural content through traditional routes, including younger people and those from diverse backgrounds. Our approach is to support the creation, publication, distribution and syndication of the content we commission to the widest possible range of platforms and partnerships appropriate to the given work. This includes working with partners such as BBC TV and across social platforms including for example YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Our core delivery team is supported by a network of freelance associates, which allows us to provide a range of advice and expertise across the UK nations and regions. Our programme includes: • Broadcast 'capture' commissioning: approximately 8 commissions per year comprising captures of live art performances or similar arts and cultural content, primarily for broadcast on BBC TV • Low-cost R&D commissions: approximately 20 commissions per year that serve as action research projects, reflect the diversity of contemporary England and give participants hands-on, practical experience of producing cultural content that engages audiences online or via other digital interactive experiences • Training and skills development: designed to increase the arts and cultural sector's skills and confidence to deliver broadcast and digital projects, through workshops, online resources and one-to-one mentoring We also partner with other organisations to seek funding for activities that are complementary to these areas and will be developing additional services for the arts and cultural sector to access on a paid-for basis. Role Summary: Location: Regular attendance at our offices at Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley St, Birmingham, B5 5SE. Otherwise there is flexibility about location. The role may require some travel within the UK. Salary: £40,000- £50,000 depending on experience Contract type: Permanent Hours: 37.5 Hours per week, negotiable Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer Commissioning Executive Line reports: Production & Events Assistant Overall purpose: We are looking to recruit a multi-skilled and dedicated Production Manager to join us and provide support and organisational skills to deliver a slate of projects from commissioned organisations to The Space and also to third parties including the BBC. The role will involve working across our commissioning strands including Capture and Low-cost R&D. The successful candidate will manage our production pipeline and help implement best practise and processes from scoping through to delivery, publication and post production. They will work closely with the senior commissioning team and will be responsible for line managing a Production & Events Assistant who will support them in their role. Key Responsibilities: • Working with the senior team, to support commissioned organisations, confirm their budgets, schedules, and in principle rights clearances. Sharing joint responsibility for logic checking all creative ideas for feasibility in regard to budgets and production resources and identifying and helping mitigate any risks. • Drafting commissioning, associate and other contractual agreements for approval and managing the chain of signatories. • Liaising with commissioned organisations and The Space team to keep an oversight of the management of shoots, edits and other content creation processes and ensure this is updated in a shared timetable. • Liaising with commissioned organisations and The Space team to ensure project documentation is complete and deliverables are on time, on budget and aligned with contracted milestones and our project database is up to date. • Liaising with the finance team to help ensure invoices are tracked and payments processed accordingly. • Liaising with relevant parties to devise a mutually convenient viewing schedule for Executive Producers and commissioned organisations to feedback during the edit process. This may involve external partners such as the BBC. • Line managing the Production and Events Assistant • Overseeing the completion of post-production paper work including evaluation forms and diversity reporting, ensuring content is stored and logged in an organised and accessible manner. It will, in some instances, involve using BBC systems including Silvermouse. • Liaising with the Head of Audience Distribution and Development and the Communications Manager to follow up on audience development/distribution plans and deliverables with commissioned organisations. • Such other tasks as may from time-to-time reasonably be required by the Company. Person Specification: Essential: • Demonstrable experience of production management across a range of projects including programmes for television broadcast and delivering short form content • Strong organisational and administrative experience with a background in budgeting, contracting and managing processes • You'll be confident and a good communicator and be able to liaise between commissioned organisations, external partners and senior staff internally Desirable: • Knowledge and experience of delivering content to the BBC and familiarity with their deliverables and paperwork processes including Silvermouse • Experience of delivering both long and short form content to social channels like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram • An awareness of digital self-publication opportunities across the culture and arts sector Knowledge & Skills Essential: • Capacity to budget and manage productions of a variety of sizes across several projects simultaneously and stay calm under pressure • Good contacts amongst crews and production staff across the UK • Ability to work autonomously and have excellent time management and organisations skills and have a good attention to detail Desirable: • An understanding of rights clearances across broadcast and/or digital platforms • Knowledge of production managing multicamera live streams • Knowledge of production pipelines. An understanding of the differing turnaround times and budgets for large scale and smaller scale digital project How to Apply If you are experienced and interested in this role, please note we are flexible about working hours and base. The deadline for applications is noon Thursday 28 February 2019

Date Approved


Deadline For Applications


Job Title

Production Manager


Birmingham (flexible)


£40,000- £50,000





Minimum Experience

Not Specified

Preferred Genre Experience

Documentary, Education, Entertainment, Outside Broadcast, Drama: Short Film, Live Multi-cam OB, Arts, Events, Drama: Television Serial, Drama: Feature Film, Dramatised Documentary, New Media, Factual, Factual Entertainment

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