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Production Manager

Date: 04-Aug-2022

Location: London, GB, NW1 8TT

Company: ViacomCBS

Unleash your potential in a place you belong!

At Paramount Networks International (part of Paramount Global), we have an iconic portfolio of brands, like Paramount Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel 5, Comedy Central and many more, reaching more than 3.8 billion subscribers in 180+ countries and territories, via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties,  in 40 languages. 

Come and join a culture where content, people and ideas merge. An exciting and open place where your talents can truly thrive and where our employees make it unique. You could be the next addition to our incredible team!


Is this the role for you?


As a Production Manager, UK you will work across content for the UK Streaming Growth team. You will have key working relationships with UK marketing and creative teams, VCNI central streaming teams and Pluto US. The PM is responsible for managing an effective workflow and delivering all stages of projects within your portfolio from brief to completion. Content output ranges from promos to some brand development through to high profile multiplatform marketing campaigns for show launches.

What will you be doing?


  • Alongside other UK Production Managers, monitor and report overall budget for Creative team to include HQ, discretionary, branding, project and campaigns.
  • Prepare cost estimates for new projects and campaigns
  • Provide relevant productivity and financial data to Seniors as required.
  • Responsible for freelance cost control
  • Ensure spend aligns with wider business objectives
  • Adhere to company guidelines regarding production spend, expenses and T&E.

Daily production:

  • Maintain an overview of all projects and ensure resource is available, scheduled and properly negotiated for at the appropriate time, both in terms of people and facilities.
  • Anticipate the needs of upcoming projects and resource appropriately to prevent delays at the start of a project
  • Liaise with all ops teams to ensure smooth delivery of on-air content including channel ops and TX link as applicable
  • Liaison point for compliance workflow as needed
  • Ensure timeframes for creation and delivery are realistic and communicated across wider business
  • Ensure all deliveries are on time and on budget, while adhering to the creative ideals
  • Supervise work of production team as necessary, delegating tasks as appropriate
  • Bring discipline and rigour to working practices
  • Assist with forward planning as required
  • Source and recruit freelance teams who are well-suited to projects, where necessary, setting them up on Viacom systems and ensure they have the right equipment and drive/platform access as required.
  • Oversee post-production bookings
  • Oversee Clearcast delivery, on-air delivery and off-air delivery as required

Legal & business affairs:

  • Liaison point for BALA and legal queries relating to on air
  • Lead all aspects of contracts for all suppliers
  • Negotiate contract terms and fees for collaborating production companies, creative agencies and freelancers
  • Liaise with the legal, HR and finance departments for all contracts, NDA’s, vendor selection, capex, payments, and implement new company policies effectively into the daily work routine e.g. freelancer employment guidelines, expenses and T&E, v/o contract negotiations, be aware of changes to accounts payable processes.

Line management:

  • Line manage production staff as needed, including responsibility for their PDR review process
  • Effectively resource and support Production team across all projects
  • Support with recruiting new talent

What are we looking for?

  • Extensive experience with short form and branding production: ideally within an on-air / digital / commercials or streaming environment
  • Experience of multi platform post-production and graphics facilities essential.
  • Ability to budget and forecast accurately for a variety of project types, including graphics, clip-based and small shoots.
  • Ability to draw up risk assessments and in-depth knowledge of Health and Safety.
  • Experience of managing a small production team – effectively motivating and developing staff to achieve high outputs
  • Extensive experience of budget creation, execution and management
  • Experience of solving complex problems
  • Commercially focused, with the ability to act as a business partner with Creative and other internal departments
  • Assertive and able to achieve desired results
  • Highly organised and planned approach to work
  • Excellent communications and relationship management skills
  • Highly numerate
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent administration skills


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.


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