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Executive Production Director - Hearst Studio

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Job Description

We are looking for an Executive Production Director to join Studio Hearst, the creative commercial and marketing outfit at Hearst UK, you will play a pivotal role in leading a dynamic team responsible for multiplatform design, art direction, shoot production, and video direction. This senior position demands a strategic thinker and seasoned professional with the ability to manage diverse workflows, ensuring the efficient production and best-in-class execution of creative projects.


1. Quality

• Set and maintain high standards for creative output across all projects

• Oversee the execution of creative concepts in alignment with brand guidelines

• Provide leadership in delivery, ensuring consistency, innovation and excellence in every aspect of production

• Collaborate closely with stakeholders from sales, commercial operations, consumer and brand teams to deliver output that resonates with relevant audiences

2. Efficiency

• Develop and implement streamlined workflows to optimise production processes

• Effectively manage a multidisciplinary team, assigning tasks, managing traffic and ensuring collaboration for seamless project execution

• Prioritise good workflow and allocate resources to meet tight deadlines while maintaining creative excellence

• Implement project management tools, ticketing systems and production templates to enhance team efficiency

3. Profitability

• Help manage production budgets, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within financial constraints

• Identify cost-saving opportunities without compromising on quality

• Drive initiatives to maximise revenue and profitability for Studio

• Establish and monitor key performance indicators to track the financial success of projects

4. Stakeholder Management

• Effectively communicate with internal stakeholders to manage expectations and ensure alignment with project objectives

• Build and maintain strong relationships with brand teams, commercial teams and marketing teams

• Act as a liaison between the aforementioned teams, addressing concerns, offering solutions and providing strategic guidance

5. Leadership and People Development

• Lead by example, fostering a positive and collaborative working environment

• Mentor and develop team members, nurturing skills and promoting a competitive culture of excellence

• Conduct regular performance reviews and provide constructive feedback for professional growth


• Proven experience in a senior production or commercial content role within a media or publishing environment

• Strong understanding of print design, digital design, art direction, shoot production, and video direction

• Demonstrable ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, to an exceptional standard, ensuring on-brand, on-time and on-budget delivery

• Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams

• Good financial acumen and significant experience managing budgets to achieve profitability targets

• Proven problem-solving skills and the ability to make strategic decisions under pressure


At Hearst UK, you can choose from a huge range of perks and benefits that can help you learn well, work well and live well including:

• 25 days’ holiday (with the option to buy up to 5 additional holiday days) - pro rated for part-time or fixed-term employees

• Hybrid working – Three days per week in the office

• Discounted gym membership

• Healthcare cash plan

• Spend a charity day with your favourite good cause

• Life assurance and pension scheme

• Regular socials and more!

There’s more to your story than you imagine. And the next chapter begins right here.

Hearst UK is deeply committed to using our influential brands to reflect the world we want to live in – one that respects, protects, represents and uplifts the voices and opinions of all people. As a business, we recognise the significant benefits of creativity, collaboration and innovation that comes with diverse teams. Not only is diversifying the voices in our organization the right thing to do, but it also helps us to make powerful and exciting content that can be enjoyed by many more people. This is why we’re working to build a sense of true belonging within our business and foster a culture in which everyone feels heard.