Short Form and Advertising
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

We are welcoming an exciting new opportunity within the Short Form/Commercials team as Head of Short Form Production.

The Short Form Head of Production will be responsible for the management of all Short Form productions across the studio, and management of the team of Producers.

As well as oversight and responsibility for revenue and costs on individual projects, the Short Form Head of Production will work with the New Business EP to put together bids for prospective work, and is also  responsible for overseeing and developing the Productions team. The role will report directly to the Head Of Short Form.

Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, all job opportunities we offer will remain remote for the foreseeable future. 

Day to Day:

  • Line Managing Producers and Production Coordinators.
  • Assessing production needs, allocating relevant Producers and production teams to each project.
  • Being a key point of contact for issues arising in productions, escalating issues and recommendations to the Head of Short Form and Exec Team team as needed.
  • Responsibility for monitoring production tools and workflows.
  • Maintain an overview of all production schedules, ensuring projects are completed to the highest standard achievable, on time and within budget.
  • Meet regularly with Production Managers to monitor project budgets individual and combined) and ensure  that they are working within given targets.
  • Oversee liaison with clients in areas of responsibility and budgetary importance as needed.
  • Collaborate with the New Business EP to bid on prospective projects.
  • Engage in production team mentoring, support and training as needed.
  • Responsible for working with the Head of Short Form and Director to set approved budgets at the start of projects.
  • Monitoring project costs in line with production progress and overall budgetary targets.
  • Meet regularly with Production Managers to monitor project budgets and ensure that they are working within given targets – including running weekly production meetings.
  • Work with Production Managers and People and Talent team to assess resourcing needs for all projects.
  • Work with the People and Talent team and individual project teams in the review and selection of prospective production candidates.
  • Work with the People and Talent team on succession planning and identifying future skills/training requirements.
  • First point of contact and support for the Head of Short Form, and key point of contact between Short Form and Long Form staff.

About You

Must Have:

  • Extensive experience (at least 5 years') in a Senior Production role
  • Thorough understanding of the animation and VFX pipeline and post-production process
  • Excellent communication skills, able to communicate effectively with client, producers, artists and senior management, both written and verbal
  • Exemplary organisational skills, with experience of using scheduling, project and resource management tools, and of managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Calm under pressure, resourceful and a creative problem solver, used to working to strict deadlines and on own initiative
  • Experience hiring staff and freelance artists, and hiring, managing and mentoring production staff
  • Extremely good organisation skills when juggling multiple projects and priorities belonging to different stakeholders
  • Very clear, efficient, and effective communication skills
  • Proactive and positive approach to resolving issues under pressure
  • Excellent English writing skills for creating and reviewing easy to understand documentation

Bonus Points:

  • To act as an ambassador for Blue Zoo and promote a professional, creative and vibrant environment to the studio and the teams.

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 

What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.

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