Assistant Production Manager

Reference Number
RSC1066
Location
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Department
Technical

PURPOSE

To assist with the effective Production Management of assigned projects within the various time and financial constraints of a major producing organisation.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Collaborate with the Technical Director and others participate in the preparation of design briefs.
• Ensure that creative teams are fully aware of the various constraints of the design brief and that agreed ‘milestones’ are effectively communicated.
• Collaborate with Producers, Technical Director and others to ensure that final designs delivered are within budgetary, technical and logistical limits and where relevant within the constraints of changeover, staffing, storage and transfer/tour limitations.
• Liaise with Box Office as necessary on the impact of design on capacity.
• Arrange design briefings and model showings as appropriate within RSC departments.
• Manage the process of achieving production requirements within budget.
• To be the main channel of communication between creative teams, rehearsal, stage and company management and others engaged in production related activities.
• Collaborate with the various RSC HOD’s and outside suppliers to initiate the procurement of all production related requirements and to monitor the manufacture and acquisition to ensure delivery times are met.
• Liaise with Technical Department and relevant HOD’s to ensure that required staffing levels are met and specific skills identified at an early stage for the efficient get-In, fit-up, rehearsal and running of assigned project.
• Collaborate with RSC managers and creative teams to ensure that workable and achievable technical schedules are produced and communicated to all appropriate areas.
• Ensure that all production related matters arising from fit-up and technical rehearsals are dealt with efficiently.
• Be familiar with the various contractual arrangements applicable to venues in which an assigned project is being presented and ensure that technical schedules are constructed to ensure that staff are used in the most efficient and economic manner.
• Ensure that relevant drawings and technical specifications for venues and productions are achieved and circulated as necessary.

• Be aware of current Health and Safety legislation, including CDM regulations and other legal requirements affecting the areas of responsibility and to ensure that all production requirements are compliant with such and carried out in keeping with RSC policies and procedures.
• Monitor the ongoing health of the technical presentation of specific productions.
• Ensure that all procedures are adhered to in the acquisition of necessary licensing approvals for assigned projects.
• Arrange and co-ordinate attendance at regular production meetings.
• Monitor expenditure on manufacture and other related areas and report any deviation from budget at the earliest opportunity.
• Respond and co-operate with the needs of Company and Stage Management, Creative Teams and Technical Management to enable a positive and supportive solution to relevant problems.
• Be responsible for managing the transfer, where appropriate, of assigned projects.
• Undertake the production management of touring projects as assigned including but not limited to freight, production of plans, fit-up, venue liaison, schedules, attendance when necessary at fit-ups and all logistical issues relevant to this post.
• Work at all times in a co-operative and collaborative manner with RSC personnel and others.
• Take responsibility for the organisation, monitoring and updating of the Production Bible files.

ATTRIBUTES

• Significant experience working in a theatre production environment
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Pro-active and flexible approach to work
• Ability to work under own initiative and under pressure
• Ability to source information and keep up with new technologies
• Ability to draw CAD/Microstation
• Ability to manage budgets
• Supervisory skills
• Good IT skills
• Ability to work with, and influence, a wide range of personnel across the breadth of the organisation, understanding the needs and requirements of all key stakeholders.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The position is full-time and the successful applicant will be required to work such hours as are necessary to ensure that they deliver the targets required of them, and thus the post will require some evening and weekend working, but generally office hours are between 9am and 6pm with hours governed by the Company Policy on Working Time.
 
This position is offered on a 15-month fixed-term contract, starting in January 2018.
 
The closing date for applications is midnight on 2nd January 2018.
 
To apply, please add your CV and type a supporting statement. 
 
Please note that the RSC is unable to reimburse interview expenses. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all individuals. The Royal Shakespeare Company (no. 212481) is a publicly funded registered charity.