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Technical Director

DATE: JULY 2018
JOB TITLE: TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
REPORTS TO: SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

 

JOB SUMMARY

The newly created role of Technical Director is a senior member of the production team at The Really Useful Group (“RUG”).  Assuming overall responsibility for the countless different production management and technical aspects of RUG’s activities, the role will be hugely varied in terms of scale, location and depth of involvement.  With the production department’s main activities spread across in house productions, co-productions, partner productions and licensed shows, our Technical Director will be in control of all technical requirements on any given production, but also provide support, advice and approval for external partners or licensors requiring it.

Building and maintaining on-going relationships with well-known production companies and suppliers is key to the role, as is representing RUG’s best interests in situations of multiple stakeholders on a production.  The ability to translate and consolidate technical information for dissemination internally, often to Board level is also key, and with an often on-going international rotation of titles, and therefore assets, the role also requires someone with forensic attention to detail and the ability to think ahead logically and across a range of information to speedily problem solve or raise flags as our titles make their way around the world.

MAIN DUTIES

  • Oversee all elements of technical responsibility for RUG’s productions.
  • Provide support, guidance and approval to technical and production stakeholders on partner productions.
  • Maintain an overview of all RUG production assets, ensuring proper logging and storage including an overview of the journey of assets from leaving storage to their return.
  • Provide technical translation and advice internally to the shareholder and senior management.
  • Liaise with production partners on best practice, financial savings and strategic routing of RUG titles and assets.
  • Visit and assess productions regularly to maintain an overview of both production and technical standards.
  • Working with the SVP of Production and VP’s of Production, assisting in planning and strategic routing of titles and associated assets.
  • Play a meaningful role in the selection of production managers for given productions and staffing of senior members of the team.
  • Assume overall responsibility for production process scheduling and technical planning.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key personnel and service providers, in particular hire companies to ensure ongoing goodwill and best financial outcome of deal negotiation.
  • Communicate and protect RUG’s position during debate and decision-making processes pertaining to technical and production outcomes.
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety requirements are met across RUG productions and processes.
  • Ensure due diligence adhered to across all areas of technical management and budget control.
  • Play a meaningful role in the creation and maintenance of production budgets, including those generated by co-producers or third parties.
  • From time to time, deputise for the SVP as a representative for RUG and its interests.
  • Have a willingness and ability to spend several months of the year abroad with shows.
  • Demonstrable touring experience, especially in Asian markets.

PERSON SPECIFICATION (Essential Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience)

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in major theatre environments including time within a Production Manager or Technical Director position.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the work of theatre production, technical and stage areas.
  • Able to work alone and as part of a highly collaborative team.
  • Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of scenery construction, materials, paint and finishing processes.
  • A strong understanding of the health and safety aspects of scenery construction and stage practices.
  • A conscientious approach with meticulous accuracy and eye for detail.
  • Highly organised and adaptable, able to manage shifting priorities and cope with last-minute changes.
  • A self-sufficient, flexible “can do”, patient and calm attitude – especially under pressure.
  • High standard of written English.
  • Confident and accustomed with handling high volumes of information.
  • Able to maintain complete confidentiality and work with the utmost discretion and integrity.
  • An ability to build rapport quickly and communicate across all levels of management.

Applicants should email CVs and covering letters to hr@reallyuseful.com. Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd July 2018.


VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

DATE JULY 2018
JOB TITLE: VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION
REPORTS TO: SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

Job Summary

The Vice President of Production role is a senior and key member of the RUG production department.  At the heart of the company’s activities, the department oversees all in-house productions, co-productions, partner productions and licenses. The production team work closely with all departments within the organisation to achieve the best creative and financial outcomes for our titles, whatever their scale and in whatever territory they are performed.

The VP of Production will often act as lead producer on projects, assuming overall control and responsibility for the production process and being a direct line of contact between the production, creative teams, RUG’s shareholder and the Board.  The role also requires the ability to supervise and scrutinise all elements of the process including legal, financial, all communication and sales channels and opportunities for future life and business development.  The scale of work can vary between the generation of an entirely new show in the West End to being the custodian of a title, working with or guiding an external licence holder on a different continent in smaller scale theatres.

Experienced to Senior General Manager or Producer level we are looking for someone at ease with taking control, unflappable in the face of ongoing change and able to navigate the endlessly challenging, but endlessly rewarding, process of theatre producing.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

Producing

  • Act as lead producer on any given RUG production in collaboration with the SVP of Production, overseeing various administrative aspects, including hiring and overseeing cast and crew and writing and editing content.
  • Assess the feasibility of all aspects of a proposed production. Ensuring live productions meet targets and deliverables in the areas of budgets, scheduling and projecting the intended brand image.
  • Have an understanding of union regulations across multiple territories around the world and ensure they are met.
  • Assume overall control of all production and technical scheduling.
  • Play a meaningful role in legal and financial planning, budgeting and follow through on all productions and licenses.
  • In collaboration with colleagues; monitor,  manage and contribute to marketing, PR and communication strategy.
  • Ensure box office reporting and performance is in place, monitored and maximised.
  • Provide detailed and ongoing updates to Shareholder and Board members regarding development and progress of production status.

Licensing

  • Oversee license dates for proposed productions.
  • Develop and assess feasibility of license proposals in conjunction with licensees and the internal legal and finance teams. License proposals include show schedules and show budgets.
  • Assess license proposals in the context of the musical theatre and greater economic and political landscapes.
  • Make recommendations on license conditions as necessary.
  • Ensure delivery of licensee’s contractual obligations.
  • Ensure delivery of licensor’s (The Really Useful Group) contractual obligations.
  • Manage production approvals with relevant in-house teams including but not limited to casting, marketing materials and merchandise.
  • Monitor ticket reports and assess actual sales against forecasts.
  • Undertake other duties as required to ensure the success of licenses.

Person specification

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience within the theatre industry working on major productions. Able to demonstrate knowledge and experience overseeing the production process from start to finish.
  • Experience of working in a management role and liasing closely with members of senior management.
  • Experienced in deal negotiation.
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a highly collaborative team.
  • Highly organised and adaptable with a “can do” attitude, able to manage shifting priorities and cope with last-minute changes.
  • Confident and accustomed with handling high volumes of information.
  • Forensic attention to detail.
  • Highly organised with ability to forward plan.
  • Excellent communication skills and high standard of written English.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Able to maintain complete confidentiality and work with the utmost discretion and integrity.
  • Solid computer skills – proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Keen interest in musical theatre and the arts.

Applicants should email CVs and covering letters to hr@reallyuseful.com. Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd July 2018.

It is a requirement of this role to be legally entitled to work in the UK. This job description reflects the current situation. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future.
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