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Manager, Production – PVH Studios
Manager, Production - PVH Studios
Post Date: 30 Jul 2020


The Team

Fitting within the wider Marketing and Communications group, PVH STUDIOS (PVHS) produces over150,000 image assets each year for both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, primarily for the brands’ global Ecommerce websites.  From its new state-of-the-art 23,500 sq. ft. facility in Amsterdam, PVHS strives to blend operational excellence with creative elevation to ensure best-in-class digital fashion consumer experiences, every day. With 9 fully-equipped Ecommerce bays running on the latest tech, 2 Editorial Studios with drive-in capacity, a Still Life Studio, Equipment Room, Sample Management area, cafe with full menu, kitchen, offices, meeting rooms and chill-out spaces (oh…and a jump-up sound system) – it is truly one-of-a-kind.

The Position

As a member of the studio leadership team, the Manager, Production autonomously leads the Production Department (currently 4 x FTEs and up to 60 x Freelancers at any one time) which plans, produces and manages ALL shoots executed by PVH Studios. Furthermore, it leads the Post-Production function and is responsible for Financial reporting to business leadership. Finally, the role owns the primary stakeholder relationships with Creative Marketing and Ecommerce functions for both TH and CK, often at a global level. Reporting into the Studio Director, the role balances commercial, strategic and creative considerations at every turn. It continually sense-checks the aesthetic quality-bar and asks, “What is enough for the consumer?” It elevates quality but is realistic on where boundaries exist.

Key Responsibilities:
Shoot Planning:

  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to be aware of ALL incoming volumes ands shoots each season
  • Connect with external stakeholders, internal leadership peers and functional leads to optimize seasonal shoot windows and ensure Studio teams are aware of all incoming workloads
  • With the Studio Planner, drive detailed long and short-term shoot scheduling to optimize Bay Utilization metric
  • Direct model-booking strategy to optimize cost efficiency and aesthetic suitability
  • Define, implement, maintain and continuously improve all Planning functions to fulfill wider business goals and objectives
  • Manage flow of 3rdParty and Special Projects Shoot requests

Shoot Production:

  • Manage production of seasonal Pre-Style, On-Model, Off-Model and 3rd Party shoots as well as other content that maybe allocated to PVH Studios at any given time
  • Alongside the Creative Manager, lead Producers to source Tier-A talent and suppliers to deliver against TH and CK Creative Guidelines.
  • Define and implement talent-booking and review processes for Producers
  • Develop processes and systems to assist 3rd parties (internal and external) using the space

Shoot & Image Delivery Management:

  • Alongside the Creative Manager, set daily Productivity Targets for On-Set teams through Producers
  • Alongside the Creative Manager, manage daily shoots to ensure productivity targets are hit without compromising aesthetic quality
  • Create ownership and management process of freelancer performance
  • Lead Post-Production function with ultimate accountability for timely image delivery

Financials & Metrics:

  • Advise and steer ‘best-practice’ high-volume studio Financial & Reporting mechanisms
  • Develop and implement processes to allow financial inputs that enable accurate reporting and compliance
  • Create shoot estimates for 3rdParty and Special Projects and ensure costs are correctly allocated or recharged
  • Autonomously analyze expenditure and recommend cost-efficiencies to business leadership, report to leadership on a monthly basis

People Management:

  • Manage a team of at least 4 x direct reports (Producer, Model Booker, Planner, Post-Production Lead). Train, develop, coach and nurture all direct reports
  • Set clear long and short-term objectives and priorities using SMART goals
  • Perform annual performance assessments of all direct reports as per PVH corporate processes
  • Manage poor-performance and coach improvement
  • Be the role-model position for PVH Studios’ ‘HOW WE ACT’ principles

The Ideal Candidate

  • At least 8 x years’ experience in a lead Production role within high-volume Ecommerce fashion photography workflows
  • Varied background in balancing creative with commercial, operational and strategic business acumen
  • Acute financial and fiscal awareness
  • Hunger to drive automation and standardize workflows whilst maintaining creative standards and elevation
  • Strong supplier and stakeholder management skills
  • Proven track-record of inspiring, managing and directing photography and/or video Production teams (comprising of Producers, Model-Bookers, Post-Producers, Assistants as well as freelance shoot crews and talent.)

Flexibility on scope of role is critical as PVH Studios continues to evolve alongside wider business change and consumer demands. As such, duties described here may change and are not exhaustive. 

What you can expect from us

  • A beautiful state-of-the-art Campus, complete with our very own People’s Place Gym and People’s Place Cafés 
  • A company culture that fosters development, offering training and learning opportunities through our very own PVH University 
  • An international environment which respects diversity, equality, and individuality 
  • A smart work program that empowers our associates to work at their preferred location within a flexible schedule 
  • A chance to unwind with weekly social activities 

Please include a cover letter with your application. We would love to know why this is THE role for you!



Amsterdam, Netherlands

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