Legal and Business Executive

07 Apr 2014
18 May 2014
Teresa McGrane
Job Type

The Company:

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for the Irish film industry investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. The agency supports and promotes Irish creative talent and the film industry.  It also supports and the use of Ireland as a location for international production. 

As Ireland’s lead agency for film development and production our core goals as follows:

  • To enable the development of distinct Irish cinematic voices through a wide and innovative support system;
  • To enable the making of film in Ireland working continuously to improve the filmmaking environment from fiscal measures through to on-the-ground support;
  • To enable the growth and exposure of Irish film talent through development and production initiatives, short film schemes and talent promotion through local and international film festivals, networks and partnerships;
  • To grow the audience for Irish film in Ireland and abroad through strengthening the domestic marketplace and promoting the export of Irish film internationally;
  • To promote an integrated government policy for the audio-visual/digital content sector, with film at its centre through an integrated approach to creativity, enterprise and new technologies;
  • To deliver value for money to our key stakeholders and all those who benefit from the IFB – audiences, Irish filmmakers and Irish talent, key partnerships and to Government and the Irish public justifying continued support;

The IFB’s role is directly involved in the creative process of supporting Irish films and other audio-visual projects from script to screen.   The agency provides investment for project development, production, distribution, industry training and short films. The IFB is looking to recruit the following senior position:

The Role: Legal and Business Executive

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is seeking to engage a person in the senior role of Legal and Business Executive reporting directly to the Deputy CEO.  The successful applicant shall be positive in attitude, highly organised, with keen attention to detail and have proven track in a legal and business role, preferably in the audio-visual industry.

This is a wide and varied role in a fast-moving organisation which will have responsibility for much of the agency’s contracting requirements. It involves   negotiation with producers and co-financiers across a range of projects from feature film, television, documentary and animation to a wide variety of other industry initiatives.

The candidate will need to be driven to deliver the best outcomes to the highest standards for the IFB, its clients and its stakeholders. The candidate must have strong legal and business skills alongside excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  The candidate must have a legal background with commercial instinct as well as a passion for film and media.

Position Description

Reporting to the Deputy CEO in the Business and Finance Unit, this post shoulders a substantial amount of the IFB’s contracting requirements across all expenditure initiatives. It involves negotiation with producers and co-financiers, liaison with lawyers and other equivalent state agencies.

Duties of the role include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  1. Negotiating (in concert with CEO, Deputy CEO and Project Managers) with producers and co-financiers and contracting the IFB’s funding commitments to selected feature films, TV drama, animation, documentaries, and any other IFB initiatives as directed by Deputy CEO;
  2. Providing legal and financial advice to the Production & Development and Marketing Units on all pending and historical projects under the supervision of the Deputy CEO;
  3. Administration arising from point 1 and 2 above;
  4. Ensuring client compliance with contractual obligations on relevant projects through the pre-production, production, post-production, delivery, distribution and recoupment stages in concert with the Production & Development Unit;
  5. Working with the other members of the Business and Finance Unit to ensure the proper maintenance of all Unit files and administration including report generation and database maintenance with regard to deal information;
  6. Maintaining files for all projects for which the Legal and Business Executive has responsibility;
  7. Contribute to formation and development of policy and guidelines for all of the IFB’s expenditure programs;
  8. Providing any other support as required by the Deputy CEO;
  9. Attending industry events and undertaking travel as required by the CEO or Deputy CEO.

The Candidate: Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in dealing with complex legal and business negotiations and documentation preferably in (but not limited to) the audio-visual industry;
  2. Proven experience of developing and maintaining sound business relationships with clients, industry bodies and key stakeholders;
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to convince and influence outcomes, while retaining good relations and representing the IFB’s in a variety of forums;
  4. Exhibition of above average statistical and numeracy skills, especially in the context of assessing screen production budgets and complex financing plans;
  5. Conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills, applied in a team context and management level, meaning that the ideal candidate should be a proactive and analytical thinker who can input to all areas of strategic development, both for the IFB and the wider industry;
  6. Demonstrated ability to juggle a large and varied workload, to take direction, but to be able to work unsupervised day to day on projects;
  7. Team player, highly motivated, proactive self-starter, with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence with a dedication to delivering on key priorities of the IFB.

This position will be offered as a 4 year contract with a 6 month probation period.

It will be offered at a Professional Grade with a starting salary of €58,765 with 25 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays). 

It will carry standard public sector defined benefit scheme.

This is a Dublin based position.

Application Process

Please submit 2 copies of a detailed CV, with no less than two references, and a letter specifically addressing the numbered selection criteria listed below by close of business on 18th April 2014 at 5.00 pm to:

Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, 14/16 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2

The envelope should be marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is an equal opportunities employer.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.