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Head of Production - TV, ITN Productions

  • ITN
  • 29/06/2021
Full time Producer / Production

Job Description

Overview

This is a senior role at the very heart of the highly successful TV Production department of ITN Productions. As well as providing leadership across Production Management staff, the Head of Production works with the MD of TV and the management team to provide logistical, commercial and strategic direction. The role has specific responsibility for financial management of productions, Health & Safety and the quality and efficiency of production management processes.

Responsibilities

  • Implement production strategy and lead the Production Management team
  • Work closely with MD of Television on divisional strategy, financial planning and oversee our pipeline of programmes and development ideas
  • Have significant input into decisions regarding the financial and operational performance of all productions

  • Work closely with finance team on financial performance of the productions and division and in conjunction with them to review, enhance and operate efficient, effective and economic production finance

  • Collaborate with all parts of ITN in the company’s best interests
  • Develop good external relationships to ensure the highest level of client relations and satisfaction
  • Negotiate and oversee budgets ensuring quality, standards and maximising project value
  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial and post production colleagues for driving efficient and effective deployment of approved technologies, and effective use of in-house post facilities
  • Help lead the Diversity and Inclusion strategy and make sure all direct reports understand and implement it
  • Work with Heads of Department/Development to ensure commissioning requirements are fully understood in order to develop viable proposals with realistic timescales and opportunities for commercial exploitation
  •  Responsible for planning and managing relevant capacity in line with strategic objectives
  •  Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for ensuring an understanding of, and compliance with ITN Group and ITN Productions’ policies, guidelines, legislative and regulatory requirements (with particular emphasis on Health & Safety, Risk Management and Editorial Policy),  in order to minimise the organisation’s risk. Advise on safety and risk issues and liaise with ITN Group safety team to establish and communicate ITN Productions’ safety action plans
  • Accountable for ensuring production teams have clear understanding of timescale, rights and clearances required on each project in order to enable ITN Productions and its partners to produce, broadcast and otherwise exploit its content
  • Responsible for leading or supporting negotiations for on-air talent and key contributors where necessary
  • Ensure adequate training, development and performance management arrangements are in place for the production management team in line with ITN Group and ITN Productions’ guidelines and policies
  • Foster close working relationships with Editorial, Commercial and Business Affairs senior staff
  • Oversee the management of ITN Productions’ freelance network, ensuring Production Managers are contracting freelancers correctly and managing their network appropriately
  • Accountable for working with Procurement to implement the strategy for the procurement of production resources, developing supplier frameworks and lists, and ensuring compliance with them
  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for ensuring an understanding of, and compliance with ITN Group and ITN Productions’ policies, guidelines, legislative and regulatory requirements (with particular emphasis on Health & Safety, Risk Managementand Editorial Policy),  in order to minimise the organisation’s risk. Advise on safety and risk issues and liaise with ITN Group safety team to establish and communicate ITN Productions’ safety action plans

 

These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.

Qualifications

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Driven, ambitious person with commitment to collaboration, diversity and inclusion
  • Good relations with current and existing clients of ITNP
  • Extensive experience of leading end-to-end multi-platform production management
  • Excellent technical knowledge and understanding of production processes and workflows
  • Proven experience of long-term planning and management around complex schedules and budgets
  • Experience of managing co-productions and/or complex rights and funding models
  • Extensive finance and budgeting expertise, and in negotiation across all production aspects of a deal
  • Contract negotiation, paperwork preparation and management across freelance personnel
  • Extensive experience of managing and monitoring Health & Safety, supported by recognised formal Health & Safety training (including Risk Assessment) and an in-depth understanding of regulatory legal and compliance policies and issues
  • Experience of leading and managing large and diverse teams across a broad range of output and locations
  • A leader with natural commercial instinct and a decisive and strategic mind
  • Assertive and influential whilst having an empathy for the needs of the business / others
  • Ability to work to set targets and manage and inspire a results driven team
  • Substantial and up-to-date knowledge of broadcasters and the wider industry

 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.