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Production Operations Manager

Date: Apr 17, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA, US

Company: Weather Group

Working at The Weather Channel television network

As The Weather Channel television network, we have heightened focus on innovation, first-class storm coverage and hyper-localized weather information available through our various TV platforms including: The Weather Channel, Local Now and Pattern. For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel television network has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate the experience of weather in all its forms.
We are one of the most widely distributed television networks and the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive real-time programming of any media outlet, with trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather.

Weather is inherently fascinating, and we share our passion through the stories we tell to our audiences through our programming. The more our viewers engage with us, the more our stories illuminate how weather impacts almost everything.

We’re always looking for new talent to keep us on top—like someone incredible to fill the job listed here.

 

Position Summary

This role will supervise the Production Operations staff, production scheduling and will oversee all work that occurs in the Weather Group Television control rooms and studios in both live and pre-production environments.  This position will have an in-depth technical understanding of production equipment and all processes and workflows used for control room and studio operations.  In addition, this position will coordinate with different internal departments to support all productions for Weather Group Television initiatives and goals.

   

As Weather Group Television is a 24 / 7 operation, this position will be expected to maintain a presence during critical on-air productions and, when necessary, work extended hours and/or multiple consecutive days to meet the need of the production or project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directly supervise the Production Operations staff and all work that occurs in production control rooms and studios, including scheduling of personnel and all production resources for 24/7 day-to-day delivery of Weather Group Television programming initiatives.
  • Make scheduling adjustments as needed per operational guidelines to meet requirements while staying within budget limits.   Manage staffing for full-time, part-time and overtime hours.
  • Maintain a complete operational understanding of all control room and studio job functions, processes, procedures and workflows; maintain and utilize in-depth technical knowledge of all production control room and studio systems. Use this knowledge to address and/or communicate issues and manage staff performance.
  • Manage initiatives that create efficiencies by aligning job responsibilities to meet company goals.
  • Set performance goals and standards that align with corporate expectations; conduct scheduled performance reviews holding staff accountable for their performance. Coordinate with HR liaison to address hiring, promotions and performance issues in a timely manner.
  • Develop and coordinate training opportunities for Production Operations staff and participate in department planning for the improvement of technical centers and growth for personnel.
  • Demonstrate a variety of writing skills from technical drafts and mass communication to succinct summary emails for upper management Coordinate all technical and personnel resources for production control room and studios, including management of specific equipment, supplies and expendables inventory.
  • Coordinate with Engineering department to ensure that all control room and studio equipment is functioning properly.
  • Act as a liaison between the Television Production/Operations teams and Engineering department, show producers and other Editorial teams.  
  • Ahead of inclement weather that could impact the Atlanta production facility, proactively contact WGT operational teams to activate pre-storm event back-up systems / procedures.
  • Manage projects as assigned by Director of Studio Operations.
  • Other duties as directed.

Education, Experience, Certification Requirements

  • Degree in video production, communications or related field preferred, or comparable work experience.
  • Ten years of hands on experience in live television production.
  • Ability to recommend and set strategic direction and goals for the Production Operations team as well as individual goals for team members
  • Excellent communication and team-building skills with the ability to relate with sensitivity to the unique needs and problems of a 24 x 7 operation with critical deadlines.
  • Excellent writing skills with ability to message to direct reports and upper management.
  • Multi-task oriented with proven ability to properly manage assigned resources.
  • Must have good team skills including listening, initiative, and follow through.
  • Must be able to see technical issues in light of operational requirements and act on them accordingly.
  • Strong computer skills required.
  • Must be well organized.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be a leader, willing and able to take initiative
  • Must have unquestionably high ethical standards and professionalism.
  • Must be customer-focused and a team player
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Must be eager to learn and expand personal skillset
  • Willing to work long extended hours when necessary.
  • Ability to interface between creative, technical and senior level professionals
  • May be required to lift lighting fixtures and/or replace light fixtures. Fixtures may weigh as much as 20 lbs
  • May be required to lift and move a ladder to replace light fixtures. Ladders may weigh as much as 20 lbs.
  • May be required to move and lift set pieces. Set Pieces may range between 20 and 100 lbs. Anything over 20 lbs would be carried by multiple crew members.

Disclaimers

Recruiting Firms
The Weather Channel does not accept agency/search firm referrals for this posting, or other postings, without prior written permission from The Weather Channel Human Resources. The Weather Channel is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

 

Hours
The Weather Channel operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Hours worked by The Weather Channel associates will vary according to job responsibility and scheduling demands of each department.
 
EEOC Statement
The Weather Channel is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, the presence of non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any legally protected status.

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary. Any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way. If you choose to complete this form, please follow the link below, complete the form and return to hrservicedelivery@weathergroup.com, which is a confidential e-mail in box.

http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503/Voluntary_Self-Identification_of_Disability_CC-305_SD_Edit1.24.14.pdf
 
Relocation Statement
Relocation costs are not provided for this job, by submitting a resume, candidates understand and acknowledge that The Weather Channel will not provide relocation assistance or support and that relocation will be entirely the responsibility of the candidate.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Human Resources does NOT provide application status updates via the telephone.  Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent via e-mail once the application has been successfully submitted.


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