Here at FutureLearn, our purpose is to transform access to education. We do that by partnering with over a quarter of the world’s top universities to support over 10 million learners across the globe to develop skills and achieve their personal and professional goals. We’re a leading social learning platform founded in December 2012 by The Open University and are now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. We use design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses and microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition to top universities, we also partner with leading organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE), as well as being involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.
ABOUT THE ROLEWe’re looking for a Production Coordinator to join FutureLearn Studio – a growing in-house delivery team within the Content and Partnerships division at FutureLearn with project management, content development, media production and learning design expertise.
FutureLearn Studio provides paid-for creative services and consultancy to FutureLearn’s customer organisations and university partners. Projects range in value from £5k-£2m in value. This could involve: the delivery of one-off workshops or short term consultancy; end-to-end production of a complete course, microcredential or degree program; or the management of FutureLearn’s involvement in multi-year government-funding education programmes.
We’re looking for an energetic Production Coordinator to support FutureLearn Studio, primarily during the pre-production phase of course development projects. As Production Coordinator, you will support Producers with day-to-day operations such as venue scouting and booking, equipment hire and asset management, risk assessments, sourcing and contracting content contributors, and preparing call sheets, transportation and shooting schedules. Under the supervision of the Head of Studio and Lead Media Producer, you will also support the recruitment, contracting, deployment and payment of third party suppliers.
Our ideal candidate will be a natural organiser with a solution-focused mindset. You will use your own initiative to spot gaps in FutureLearn’s capabilities and anticipate pressure on our capacity. You’ll be adept at planning ahead, pre-empting issues and eliminating blockers before they become a problem. To ensure our production unit scales up smoothly and sustainably, you’ll devise and refine FutureLearn Studio’s processes and workflows – including, but not exclusively, audio/video production – to maximise efficiency whilst maintaining quality. From time to time, you’ll also support Project Managers in the scoping of individual productions to help them understand requirements and secure the necessary personnel.
We’re looking for an organised individual who revels in keeping plates spinning and enabling others to do their very best work. In return, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a talented group of creative thinkers. This is an entry-level position where you will be given mentoring and regular opportunities to shadow and learn new skills on the job.
This role is based in Camden, London, UK. This is a permanent contract, and we are open to hearing from candidates seeking a job share or part-time employment (minimum 0.6 FTE).
- Research venues for audio/video recording and carry out location scouting.
- Prepare risk assessments for location filming as required.
- Maintain the diary of upcoming production shoots and off-site engagements for the production team.
- Prepare call sheets, scripts and travel arrangements in advance of production days.
- Assist producers on shoots by transporting equipment, setting up and breaking down sets.
- Manage the team’s inventory to ensure all production equipment is securely stored and kept in full working order.
- Coordinate the contracting of third party suppliers and content contributors in partnership with FutureLearn’s Legal and People teams, in accordance with procurement and equality and diversity policies.
- Collaborate with the Finance team at FutureLearn to ensure that invoices from third-party suppliers are accurate and paid promptly.
- Develop strong relationships with FutureLearn’s preferred suppliers, to ensure FutureLearn receives good value for money.
- Continually scans the horizon for new suppliers and freelancers to expand capabilities and extend capacity.
- Establish, experiment with, and refine scalable content production workflows, in particular for video.
- 1+ years of professional experience in filmmaking or digital media production as a Runner, Assistant Production Coordinator, Production Manager or similar.
- Some first hand experience of overseeing digital audio/video production from scripting to post-production.
- A highly collaborative attitude and a proven ability to adapt and find creative solutions to problems.
- The ability to remain calm under pressure.
- Experience of managing a budget by recording and controlling expenditure.
- Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
- First class organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects in parallel.
- Confidence to make effective prioritisation decisions.
- Proficiency with project management and tracking tools (Trello, Google Drive, Harvest, Smartsheet, Monday, MS Project, or similar).
- Some first hand experience of project management and familiarity with agile and linear methodologies.
- Experience of working in higher education and/or educational technology.
- Experience of developing courses for FutureLearn or other prominent MOOC platforms.
- Hands-on experience of filming and/or editing audio and video content for the web.
- £25,000 - £33,000 dependent on experience
- 28 days holiday (plus 8 days public holiday)
- Buy & sell up to 5 days holiday
- Charity day (volunteer for a charity of your choice)
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season Ticket loan
- Flexible working environment/hours
- Pension (4% employer / employee contribution)
- OU Staff Fee Course Waiver Programme
- Great coffee, teas, fruit and daily breakfast
Please apply with your CV and cover letter.
Please email if you require any reasonable adjustments or alterations to be made, to support you through the recruitment process.
The closing date for this role will be, Midnight 17th February 2020.
First stage telephone Interviews will be conducted between Monday 17th February and Friday 21st February. Final face to face interviews will then be booked in for Monday 24th February or Tuesday 25th February.
We value diversity at FutureLearn, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, neurodiversity, marital or disability status.
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