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Production Sustainability Manager (Global)

Fixed Term Contract FT Continuous

Base: Flexible




The Production Sustainability Manager (PSM) will lead Fremantle production teams in the successful implementation of sustainable programme making practices, aligned with the utilisation of the albert carbon calculator across the group, and create a culture of sustainability within the organisation.


The successful candidate will be required to work with programme makers in the Fremantle global group, focusing on reducing production carbon emissions and waste to agreed targets and reducing the environmental impact of production supply chains.  The PSM will be required to liaise with Bertelsmann’s corporate responsibility team along with external partners supporting the sustainability ethos across the production business, whilst ensuring progress is reported regularly and systematically.


The Production Sustainability Manager 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 the role will cover entertainment, factual and scripted production and therefore will also report into the FM Sustainability Focus Group, working with stakeholders across all of Fremantle’s global production companies.  



Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Ensure global alignment across the Fremantle group with best working practices and embed a consistent approach to sustainable productions throughout the business.
  • Set strategies for the production teams to reduce their impact, in line with the Fremantle Climate Commitment (below).
  • Manage the Albert calculator across the group, maintaining its use, tracking the data and establish the growth strategy. 
  • Be the owner of the Albert reporting dashboard across FM, ensuring we have full and clear records on the emissions reporting across the group.
  • Work with senior leaders on the creation and implementation of delivery roadmaps, action plans and progress reporting tools.
  • Make proposals to identifying key climate issues impacting production and leading the drafting of documents and presentations to stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Provide expertise in devising, reviewing, and assessing business cases for further development of the reporting tools and strategic delivery of targets. 
  • Make recommendations on carbon offsetting, propose appropriate partners in this field and work with 3rd party engagement.
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders and external partners across the global business to inspire, collaborate and mobilise on delivering specific elements the FM targets.
  • Work with internal comms and key sponsors to promote a culture of sustainability in our production workforce.
  • Establish effective communications and support for teams adapting to new working methods.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure they understand their part in the process.
  • Represent Fremantle on the RTL Sustainability Forum and connect with RTL Germany to understand their sustainable production actions and share best practice in both directions.
  • Undertake training to be a super user of the albert carbon calculator.
  • Undertake Albert’s training modules to be able to train local users.
  • Work alongside key external stakeholders on key environmental issues, in particular the Bertelsmann sustainability group.
  • Assist with Press and PR teams to ensure external communications accurately reflect our sustainability activities. Provide guidance and advice for press/external enquiries   
  • Represent Fremantle externally when required, including at the albert consortium, through public speaking engagements etc.
  • 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 sustainable production techniques and solutions.
  • Detailed understanding of the science behind Climate Change and associated global environmental and ecological issues.
  • 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, reputational and environmental risk.
  • Adept at managing numerous, globally diverse senior stakeholders, who are often operating under tight timescales and managing numerous competing priorities.  Understand their concerns.
  • Be a convincing and persuasive communicator, able to express the benefits of change.
  • Be able to establish effective and collaborative relations across the business and external agencies/stakeholders where required. 


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, presenting skills. 
  • 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

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 UK 9am – 5pm work 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.


Personal Development

Seek out opportunities to join relevant trade and membership bodies that would enhance the role, and/or Fremantle’s reputation in the sustainability field. 


Probationary Period

3 months


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 diverse backgrounds.


Fremantle Climate Commitment

We aim to be climate neutral by 2030 with the wider ambition of achieving Net Zero by 2050 (dependent on our symbiotic relationship with suppliers/business partners). We will continually review these objectives as we make steps towards our goals across both our corporate sites and across all Fremantle productions (Fremantle productions where Fremantle has control over the production). Data captured in 2018 has been used to set a baseline. As Fremantle works towards a climate neutral 2030 target it will track, measure, and ultimately reduce carbon emissions against this baseline, as a minimum, reducing this baseline by 50% and offset the remainder. 


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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