|JOB TITLE:||Vice President of Production|
|REPORTS TO:||Senior Vice President of Production|
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, and crucially, partner and licenced productions from our catalogue. 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:
- 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 licences.
- 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.
- Oversee licence dates for proposed productions.
- Develop and assess feasibility of licence proposals in conjunction with licensees and the internal legal and finance teams. Licence proposals include show schedules and show budgets.
- Assess licence proposals in the context of the musical theatre and greater economic and political landscapes.
- Make recommendations on licence 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 licences.
- 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 liaising 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.
Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd August 2019.