Production Manager (Live Events)

Technical services
Reporting to:
Head of Production


  • To manage all technical aspects of our live events
  • To line manage the team of In House Show Technicians, freelance Technicians and event specific contractors on Live Events
  • To ensure an excellent level of service is provided to all of our clients

Principle duties

  • To line manage the team of technical staff, directing the work of permanent technicians, daily/hourly paid staff and casual crew on a show by show basis. To ensure that adequate and appropriate technical support is provided in advance, during and following events
  • To work with the Managing Director and Head of Production and other Production Managers to advance production related information
  • To attend site visits and production meetings as required
  • To assist in the costing and production of client proposals based on their briefs
  • To act as client liaison when necessary and continue to maintain and build client relationships to a high standard
  • Assess the technical requirements of future events to ensure compatibility with the venues and to determine potential costs
  • To work with other departments to determine requirements for events and to maximise income from these events
  • To maintain high standards of production for all events
  • To coordinate Lighting, Sound, Video, Set and Staging, electrical infrastructure, communications and any other technical equipment necessary for events
  • To ensure budgetary targets are met through the proactive management of staffing levels on an event by event basis. Minimise costs, where possible, whilst maintaining high standards of production values, health and safety and client satisfaction
  • To lead, motivate, support and direct staff for whom you are responsible and ensure all staff are aware of and are working in accordance with current company policy and procedures and relevant Health and Safety legislation. Working in conjunction with our Health and Safety Manager, ensure that departmental and event related activities are risk assessed.
  • To work to a budget set by the client and ensure that all financial matters are managed in accordance with company policy and procedures and that departmental recharges are recorded accurately. Manage all areas of the budget reporting back to relevant manager in charge of event when necessary
  • Complete reconciliation for every event spend including petty cash, credit cards, fuel expenses, overtime and weekend pay
  • To attend weekly Sales and Ops Meetings and team meetings as required
  • To ensure that events are run in line with regulations pertaining to the Premises Licence. To liaise with licensing, safety and emergency services officials as required. To obtain special permissions where required (pyro’s, lasers, radio mic licenses etc)
  • To promote and comply with DRPG’s policy on equal opportunities both in delivery of services and treatment of others
  • Sourcing and Managing suppliers
  • Research of new technologies on the market to be incorporated into Live projects
  • As and when needed to rig, de-rig and operate equipment during events
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required

This list is not exhaustive, and you will be expected to work flexibly and undertake other such duties as the management may, from time to time, reasonably require
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  • The ideal candidate will have already gained a strong grounding within an agency environment where they worked on both and Experiential events

Skills / characteristics

  • Proven leadership and management skills, with experience of staff and crew management
  • Knowledge of the production process and resource/timescales needed to realise production requirements
  • Excellent all-round communication skills with good literary and numeracy
  • Experience of professional stage machinery/ electrics/sound/lighting communications and audio visual techniques.
  • Proven ability to co-ordinate production aspects of live events effectively
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and Licensing Regulations
  • Self-motivated and able to work under their own initiative, with an enthusiastic and flexible approach to their work
  • Proven ability to deliver a high level of customer service to both internal and external customers. The ability to inspire confidence in those they work with
  • Ability to read/ interpret and create CAD drawings
  • Budgeting and financial skills.
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Resourcefulness and ability to problem solve and trouble shoot
  • A mature and confident manager able to work calmly and effectively with a wide range of people, including artists, venue production staff and conference/event organisers. A flexible attitude and willingness to work as part of a team with an ability to handle several diverse projects at once and meet deadlines under pressure in a busy environment is essential. A proven track record in Design realisation with a high attention to detail.

Other requirements

  • Current driving licence
  • Able to travel throughout the UK and overseas
  • Experience of Vector Works or AutoCAD software
  • Experience of designing and drawing in both 2D and 3D for Live Events and Experiential

Data Security

At all times you must work within the guidelines set out in the DRPG’s Information Security Policy and your Employee Confidentiality Agreement. Failure to do so may be treated as gross misconduct.

Health & Safety

At all times you must work within the guidelines set out in DRPG’s Health & Safety Policy and Employee Manual.

Further notes

The role will be based primarily in our Worcestershire head office and will require regular travel to other office locations. You will be expected to work flexibly and undertake other related commercial duties both in the UK and overseas as the company may from time to time reasonably require.

The company

Established in 1980, we're one of Europe's most experienced and largest fully integrated, award winning communications agencies. From the strategic communication consultancy to our complete in-house production facilities for digital media, video, events & print, we deliver to companies of all sizes that span a wide range of markets.The DRP Group is an equal opportunities employer.

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