WMSB Strategic Lead (Project Manager) Post

Posted on 15 December 2017


West Midlands Screen Bureau Strategic Lead (Project Manager)

Salary: Up to £60,000 incl. (see Budget/Payment)
Freelance: Full or Part time for a fixed period (to be negotiated)
Employment: Contracted through Birmingham City Council as the accountable body on behalf of West Midlands Combined Authority for the West Midlands Screen Bureau


The West Midlands Screen Bureau (WMSB) was formed in 2016 as a partnership between public and private media organisations in the screen sectors including film, television, video games, animation, VFX and emerging innovative content creation. These organisations are united by a commitment to seize the opportunity to develop a stronger, more successful and better integrated screen industry that builds on the unique strengths of the West Midlands (WM).

By drawing on a wide range of experience, the WMSB aims to bring together these screen sectors to maximise the potential of the West Midlands as a world class destination for the production and development of creative content. This unique partnership includes individual film makers, productions companies, Film Birmingham, Flatpack Film Festival, the Producers Forum, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and public sector partners including the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Birmingham City Council (BCC) and regional Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

WMSB is seeking to appoint an experienced individual as a Project Manager to strategically lead and manage a programme of work during 2018. Whilst the post will be recruited on a freelance basis, the contract will be funded and managed through Birmingham City Council (as the accountable body for the WMCA). The Project Manager will report to the Chair of the WMSB, while day to day line management will be undertaken by Birmingham City Council as lead applicant.

The vision set out for the West Midlands to be at the forefront of a diverse and sustainable converged screen economy in the UK.

The aim is for a mixed economy, in which high-quality production studios and a skilled, competitive and entrepreneurial local independent sector will earn a reputation in the UK and internationally for quality and service. By joining together expertise across the region, the industry will create diverse and innovative content for new and existing audiences.

The region’s long-term vision is based on six, inter-connected pillars:
• Capacity and Commercialisation
• Connectivity
• Convergence
• Content and creativity
• Culture and community
• Co-ordination and collaboration

The WMSB aims to focus on the ways in which the WMCA area provides new opportunities for development, for example by bringing together the screen sector and innovation, and particularly the potential for joining the film sector with the wider screen media and gaming centres of excellence to create growth in international trade.

The WMSB’s work programme needs to identify how activities will create a functional production base in the region, develop and retain talent, create new product and develop new audiences. It will build on the research we already have such as the WMCA research, the BOP report and Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

The Project Manager will need to be mindful of the work which BFI has previously funded to develop a Film Audience Network in the Midlands (through Flatpack) and the work which Birmingham City Council and NEC Group have commissioned to explore the feasibility of a new studio facility.

Closing date for applications: Midday 15th January 2018

To Apply

Please complete an application form and read the supporting documents listed below, including the full job description and person specification. They are all available to download (go to the at top of this page).

WMSB Strategic Plan Report.
WMSB Strategic Plan Annex A Diversity.
WMSB Strategic Plan Annex B Key Performances.
WMSB Strategic Plan Annex C Timeline.
WMSB Strategic Lead (Project Manager) Annex D.

Your total submission for the application should not exceed 10 sides of A4

If you have any questions, please call Sindy Campbell – 0121 464 9305

Please send or email your application to. Symon Easton. Head of Cultural Development. PLACE Directorate. Library of Birmingham. Centenary Square. Broad Street. Birmingham. B1 2ND.

Email: symon.easton@birmingham.gov.uk and sindy.campbell@birmingham.gov.uk

Interview process:

• Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on 19th January 2018 therefore please keep this date free in your diary.
• Successful candidates will be expected to give a ten minute presentation on their proposed approach to delivering the objectives followed by an interview.