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People Project Director

Reporting to: Director of Global Produciton

Location: London

Contract: Fixed Term Contract 24 months FT

Type of work: Hybrid/Personalised working


The Project Director will be responsible for establishing the Fremantle (FM) People Plan, a strategy aimed at improving the pipeline of production talent and developing the skills of in-house teams across our global production business.


The Project Director will begin by assessing the current workforce needs of the global FM production business (editorial, production, technical and craft based roles) and identifying areas of skill shortage risk. The successful candidate will evolve strategies to manage effective and inclusive recruitment, retention of current production staff and training to support the People Plan.   


Once the FM People Plan is agreed, the role will develop to coordinate and execute the Plan in liaison with key stakeholders from the Fremantle group, including the Group Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure alignment with Fremantle’s Integrated Inclusion Plan.


The Project Director role is based in the Global Entertainment Production team, reporting to the Director of Global Production (GEP provides global production support for many of Fremantle’s key entertainment titles such as Got Talent, The Apprentice, Farmer Wants a Wife, Game of Talents, Too Hot To Handle). However, the scope of review will cover entertainment, factual and scripted production and therefore will also report into the FM People Focus Group, working with stakeholders across all of Fremantle’s global production companies.   


Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Develop the framework of the FM People Plan.
  • Working with each production territory in the FM group, identify key areas of workforce risk and development needs.
  • Review the current status of the FM production workforce and determine a 3-year plan to transform the pipeline of new talent and retention of current staff.
  • Establish a core global framework that supports the needs of each business at a local level with relevant regional distinctions.
  • Explore the need for global training standards, and FM’s position in applying these standards, to develop a skilled workforce. 
  • Identify local affiliations that will be able to support FM’s growth of a representative and diverse workforce.  Determine relationships with these partners and agencies.
  • Where appropriate, work with local teams to set up pilot training projects with identified local partners.
  • Accurately forecast the costs associated with the Plan.  Set out a 3-year budget and identify ways that the project can be funded.
  • Establish a clear and obtainable road map for the project, setting out a benchmark of agreed professional standards, skillsets and experience expected for each role.
  • Inspire, collaborate, and mobilise on delivering specific elements of the agreed People Plan.
  • Engage with stakeholders across the Fremantle companies, liaise with senior management where appropriate to successfully embed the plan into the FM businesses.
  • Work with internal comms and key sponsors to promote the global framework.
  • Establish effective communications and support for teams adapting to new working methods.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure they understand their part in the process.
  • Work alongside key external stakeholders as identified in the research phase.
  • Assist with Press and PR teams to ensure external communications accurately reflect our activities. Provide guidance and advice for press/external enquiries
  • Represent Fremantle externally when required through public speaking engagements etc in relation to the project.
  • Build collaborative relationships with industry peers, key suppliers, thought leaders and wider industry contacts to accelerate progress and establish best practice.


Knowledge, skills, training, and experience

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of production and programme making.
  • Good understanding of the production processes of all genres, and good understanding of the global broadcast and production industry landscape.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of corporate, production and reputational risk.
  • Adept at managing numerous, globally diverse senior stakeholders, who are often operating under tight timescales and managing many competing priorities.  Understand their concerns.
  • Be a convincing and persuasive communicator, able to express the benefits of the project.
  • Be able to establish effective and collaborative relations across the business and external agencies/stakeholders where required.
  • Be impact driven.


Required skills

  • Ability to foresee/identify challenges, solutions, and opportunities, and build the business case.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organisational skills are required along with strong team-working abilities and the capacity to remain calm, focused and accurate under pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good understand of finance and funding models.
  • Ability to confidently interact with colleagues at all levels. 
  • Competent in Microsoft office packages including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Discretion and confidentiality 


Job impact

Without exception, the production business is experiencing great challenges in recruiting and retaining staff with the right skills and knowledge across all genres and roles.  This is evident in all our global businesses.  The impact of the Project Director role is to reverse this trend, delivering a clear and rapid transformational plan to respond to this global challenge, and support production leads to develop a skilled, motivated and committed workforce to support our growing business.


Working Patterns

As this is a role that spans an international production market, there may be times when there are conflicting interests and external demands outside of a usual working day pattern.   It’s important you can demonstrate resilience and flexibility in your approach to work and an awareness of the production process; working to deadlines and timescales that may change due to production demands. 


Possible requirement for international travel.


Our purpose

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and it is vital that we reflect our audience, and the wider society of the countries we operate in. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, valuing inclusivity, and we actively seek candidates from all backgrounds who bring unique and different perspectives to our teams and shows.


Disabled applicants who meet the minimum skills, knowledge and experience criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.  Please indicate on your CV if this applies to you, by adding the phrase: "I qualify for a guaranteed interview".


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About Fremantle

Fremantle is one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of Entertainment, Drama & Film and Documentaries.  


Operating in 26 territories we are a proudly independent group of content creators. We produce and deliver high-quality multi-genre IP including some of the biggest entertainment formats, most watched international dramas, award winning films and hard-hitting documentaries, amplifying local stories on a global scale.  

From Too Hot To Handle to The Mosquito Coast, Game of Talents to The Hand of God, The Farmer Wants A Wife to Got Talent, Family Feud to My Brilliant Friend and The Investigation to Arctic Drift, our focus is simple – we create and deliver irresistible entertainment.  

We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment with more than 480 million fans across 1,600 social channels and over 40 billion views per year across all platforms.  

Fremantle is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.  

For more information, please visit, follow us @FremantleHQ or visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. 


Date:  16-Sep-2022

London, LND, GB, W1T 1AL

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