BBC Media Action Job description
Title: Production Manager
Department: BBC Media Action
Grade: Grade 7
Reports To: Series Producer
Based: Yangon, Myanmar with frequent travel around the country
Duration: One-year full time with possibility for renewal
BBC Media Action uses various forms of media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change around the world. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to produce creative programmes which inform and engage audiences around key development issues and to strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity.
BBC Media Action is delivering an exciting and challenging new programme with support from the Joint Peace Fund. The project will create a national online and television platform that increases public understanding of support for a sustainable, inclusive peace for Myanmar. Sensitive to Myanmar’s ongoing peace process and decades of civil conflict, this content will inform and engage audiences across Myanmar, amplifying the voices of those affected by conflict and building understanding of how the country’s long-running conflicts impact on political stability and development nationwide.
Reporting to the Series Producer, the Production Manager will work closely alongside Senior Producer, TV Director/Visual Editor to ensure that the documentaries and discussion programmes are produced to BBC required standards and within budget allocations. The Production Manager will oversee all business, financial and compliance aspects of the show. The role will require the Production Manager to drive innovation, change and ensure continuous improvements are implemented throughout the production process.
Working collaboratively with the Series Producer, Senior Producer and TV Director/Visual Editors, the Production Manager will have responsibility for planning all stages of the production cycle of the programmes including pre-production, recording and post-production activities. S/he will raise the quality of all programme outputs and will develop a supportive working relationship with the production and broadcast partners. The Production Manager will have responsibility for making sure that all programmes recorded across the country are produced within BBC Health and Safety guidelines and that the production team adheres to best practice in these areas. The Production Manager will play an important role in helping shape the production processes and format of programmes.
▪ To take overall responsibility for the production systems and resources used in the making of programmes and maximize their use effectively. ▪ Oversee the overall logistical planning and execution of production and scheduling of programme recording in close liaison with Series Producer, Senior Producer and TV Director ensuring effectiveness and value for money.
▪ Develop production plans for the show and produce all required paperwork including contacts lists, production schedules, call sheets and risk assessments. ▪ Manage production budgets effectively and undertake financial monitoring and reporting. ▪ Ensure compliance of the productions with BBC Media Action best practice for finance and administration. ▪ Accountable for ensuring compliance with Procurement policies and guidelines for the procurement of production resources. ▪ Ensure contracts are in place with partners and suppliers and manage those relationships as appropriate. ▪ Jointly accountable with editorial colleagues for delivering demonstrable value for money through effective and efficient management of people and resources. ▪ Ensure systems are in place to manage production resources effectively and efficiently including all production equipment and edit facilities. ▪ Observe BBC Production Guidelines and ensure they are fully understood by other team members and production partners. ▪ Help maintain and ensure that BBC Health and Safety guidelines are observed throughout the production; that staff are trained and briefed to manage risks, and if necessary seeks advice at the earliest possible stage. ▪ Responsible for understanding and championing the rationale for new ways of working and/or for adopting new production related technology ▪ Raising and maintaining quality of all output of the programme. ▪ Perform other related duties as assigned by the Country Director and Series Producer. ▪ Production manage other BBC Media Action projects in Myanmar as required.
Essential skills and experience
▪ Extensive experience in logistics planning and execution especially in the field of television and radio production. ▪ Ability to manage vendors, contractors and production staff in studio and on location. ▪ Proven experience in managing production budgets effectively and to targets. ▪ Strong commitment to BBC Production and Health and Safety Guidelines. ▪ A proven track record of working with diverse teams. ▪ Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. ▪ Clear understanding of the aims and values of BBC Media Action and an awareness of the development goals of our programming. ▪ Good computer skills and experience in using excel for budgeting and planning tasks. • A good understanding of the broadcasting industry in Myanmar and the technologies used in programme making.
Competencies Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
Influencing and Persuading: Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change. Managing Relationships: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Team working. Communication: The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
Imagination/Creative Thinking: Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions. Planning and Organising: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Flexibility: Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.