The Production Manager is in charge of the "below the line" budget, which is the costs associated with actors, singers, directors and writers, they will be in charge of how the budget is spent to make sure that the production runs smoothly. Once the overall budget has been agreed they will help to recruit crew and suppliers and will negotiate rates of pay and conditions of employment. They will sign off purchase orders and ensure that all bills are paid and that the team is working well.
There are no set entry requirements for this role but you will need a lot of experience in TV or film and an in depth understanding of the production process. You may be able to get started through an apprenticeship or as a runner or an assistant in the production office. You could also complete a media production course that may lead onto a trainee or assistant role.
The following broadcasters offer training schemes where you could gain experience:
- Excellent management skills
- Good people skills
- The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Good IT and numeracy skills
- Willing to travel
- Good at problem solving
- Able to manage a budget effectively
£20,000 to £35,000