Production Executive (Continuing Drama Series)
With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Scripted Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as River City, EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm and Doctors and Daytime Series & Serials such as Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway
The successful candidate will report to the Director of Production UK CDS & Birmingham Drama and will provide strategic production management from post commission to post-delivery.
What is expected of you?
The ideal candidate must be prepared to work across the range of network drama continuing series & Birmingham output based in London and the Nations & Regions.
You will act as the key advisor to the Editorial Heads and Executive Producers on policy, enabling them to balance editorial aims and delivery requirements with financial and resource constraints across a portfolio of output along with identifying and developing the appropriate strategies in response to key business, financial and production issues which impact upon the long term creative viability of the drama business.
The requirement to contribute to the formation and implementation of Drama policies and procedures and identify where changes may be required to enable Drama to produce programmes which exceed the expectations of the audience and give us the leading-edge on our competitors.
The successful candidate will be required to lead the way in raising industry standards and pioneer new working practices along with leading and developing the capability of a team of Production Management staff. The ability to assess the financial viability of programme ideas within the portfolio and to identify and eliminate unacceptable financial risks, whilst increasing business efficiency and cost effectiveness by identifying and delivering savings, reductions in costs and ensure value for money in the acquisition and use of facilities and services. In particular, this should include production planning, procurement and new technology.
You will be required to support our Line Producers and Producers in regards to any major issues that would require a more senior resolution. To also assist in managing and controlling their costs across the programme portfolios, always ensuring the Line Producers adhere to agreed budgets, timescales and delivery dates whilst managing the timely provision of accurate portfolio expenditure forecasts and progress reports. You are also required to establish and set costs and forecast priorities to enable costs and scheduled risks can be identified and managed effectively.
Are you the right candidate?
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate your experiences in the following:-
- Extensive in depth knowledge and proven experience of Drama production management to the level of Line Producer & demonstrable knowledge and interest in post-production.
- Excellent organisation, planning and analytical skills
- Proven communication skills to ensure effective working relationships particularly at a senior level. The ability to present information reliably and succinctly
- Proven managerial experience working effectively as part of a senior management team
- Proven ability to work successfully at a strategic level and the ability to provide leadership for staff within the production management family
- Demonstrable experience of successful change management and evidence of introducing new ways of thinking and working practices into the workplace
- An informed interest in and knowledge of the market place, including co-production and joint venture agreements. Demonstrates ability to apply this knowledge to the BBCs advantage
- Effectiveness in challenging financial assumptions underpinned by thorough knowledge and understanding of contractual arrangements
- Demonstrable evidence of the ability to handle conflict in the work place and resolve problems as they arise. Evidence of fostering collaborative behaviour in a way which encourages best practice across all areas of programme making
- Sound business knowledge, including knowledge of BBC financial and administrative procedures
- A thorough appreciation and understanding of the editorial intentions and managerial aims of and within Drama and the ability to evaluate the production and business implications of these
- Ability to make and stand by tough decisions in the long term interests of the department in a way which encourages commitment from individuals/department
Contract type: Continuing Contract
**Please note that attached is a generic job description for a Production Executive. Please ensure therefore to read through the additional criteria at the bottom of the job description along with the requirements in this advert in detail**
**Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week **
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