Competitive, depending on experience
Fixed Term

About The Role

The primary duty of the Production Manager is to support the successful running of the production, by maintaining a broad overview of all production departments.


You will oversee management of all aspects of computer animation production in collaboration with and under the line management of Head of Productions. Problem solving, task delegation and a keen eye for logistics are the key skills for this role.

We have several Production Manager opportunities on the horizon, so if you are interested and available, we are keen to speak with you!

Day to Day:

  • Resource management across all production departments. Includes internal resources, schedule updates and absence/holiday tracking.
  • Coordination of drafting job descriptions in collaboration with heads of departments and the people and talent team
  • Create and maintain overview/department schedules and delivery oversight for all production departments, including the setting of production priorities and defining milestones.
  • Serve as the main point of coordination and contact between the team and the production's senior/management staff.
  • Be across the production as a whole as well as individual departments.
  • Motivate departmental heads/supervisors to ensure quality and stay on schedule.
  • Generate internal progress reports for the production team and management as well as reporting externally to clients.
  • Back up the Head of Production / Director in terms of client management and communications.
  • Lead production and dependencies meetings.
  • Communicate clearly and regularly between the production team and the client.
  • Help to plan and troubleshoot the pipeline for production.
  • Manage and update Ftrack with assets and reviews to and from the client.
  • Plan with the available resources to optimise the efficiency of each department, in line with the schedule and budget and raise any concerns with the Head of Production.
  • Ensure the team are working towards the various goals and deadlines needed.
  • Manage assets and final delivery to our client.
Each of these responsibilities will be further defined by the Head of Production and the needs of the specific production.

About You

Must Have:

  • Understands the importance of taking responsibility for ensuring problems are solved.
  • Puts the outcome for the studio as a whole first.
  • Can both anticipate a problem and either prevent it or limit the damage.
  • Can see past the noise.
  • Delegates responsibility effectively.
  • Having the ability to interact with Directors, CG Supervisors, Lead and Technical Artists, to determine creative and technical requirements of productions is integral to this role.
  • A solid work ethic and positive attitude in the face of challenging situations is vital.
  • Attention to detail is essential.
  • Having the ability to keep a calm head under pressure is key.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with the client in a timely manner.
  • 3D Production Management experience.


Bonus Points:

  • Previous experience as Production Manager on both long and short form production.

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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