Production Manager

Production Chicago, Illinois


A Production Manager is a senior-level production business-focused professional who partners with Executive Producers to manage production activity one or more client accounts. This is someone who has tireless enthusiasm for the details, and for mentoring other Production department personnel. This individual works closely with others to interpret ideas and collaborate towards a common outcome of creating entertaining and engaging content and assets for agency clients.



  • Support the Agency's and Client’s production process putting to use best practices to ensure an efficient, reliable and accurate workflow
  • Perform the Production Business Manager role across a range of projects, and
  • Build a strong and positive working relationship with Producers, Creatives and Account teams to review work, resolve issues, and provide solutions
  • Build on mentoring skills to help Producers, Production Business Managers, and Production Business Associates gain the knowledge they need to be successful
  • Master the internal accounting process, procedures and relevant software. Partner with Agency Accounting and Finance teams to resolve any issues that evolve
  • Actively advise on all budgets and provide solutions to help stay within client approved budget while producing best creative work
  • Develop and fine tune skills in reviewing performer contracts, screen finished commercials to ensure all rights are obtained, develop final cast reports and renegotiate contracts when necessary
  • Support a process for tracking and managing license/usage agreements
  • Support additional production business needs as they arise



  • 3+ years of experience as a Senior Production Business Manager or similar role
  • Bachelor's Degree from accredited college
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a great, fast paced, and talented production and post production team
  • Strong working knowledge of the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the American Federation of Musicians Contract
  • Innovative thinking is essential to manage the quickly evolving production environment and new media opportunities
  • Experience with integrated, non-broadcast and offshore productions
  • Exceptional organizational skills


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