Production Manager, Shop


Great Northern Way Scene Shop (EKP Ltd.)


Until filled

Organization Description:

Elia Kirby Productions Ltd (EKP Ltd.), doing business as the Great Northern Way Scene Shop (GNW), is a production services and custom fabrication company that builds sets, installations, and displays. With a diverse client-base that includes large institutions (e.g. Vancouver Art Gallery) to small nonprofits (e.g. Pacific Theatre) to corporate companies (e.g. TED Talks, Moment Factory, MEC), GNW operates year-round to produce an array of scenic projects and installations. Located at the western edge of the False Creek Flats and within the Arts Factory building, the GNW Scene Shop is dedicated to supporting Greater Vancouver's cultural community while providing employment to local artisans and craftspeople.


Job Description:

In this role, the Production Manager, Shop is responsible for managing the overall production in the scene shop. GNW has an opportunity for someone who is effective and finds satisfaction in leading others within a collaborative environment. Working closely with the project management team and project leads, who handle the execution of individual projects, this position ensures the smooth operation of the scene shop according to an ongoing work plan.


  • Monitors daily work activity, shop space, and resource allocations

  • Directs manufacturing workflows, supervises building and painting of projects, prepares projects for installation off-site

  • Establishes and develops technical and administrative methods to meet work schedules and deadlines

  • Manages materials procurement for projects and shop stock in cooperation with Project Managers and the Finance department

  • Monitors production budgets and activity in order to accurately and efficiently bill clients\

  • Assists in developing quotes for clients as needed as well as developing internal budgets, according to the priorities, policies and activities

  • Implements project designs and work plans based on approved schedules and budgets in cooperation with the project management team and project leads

  • Assists in the allocation of staff time to projects and appraises staff skill competencies alongside other supervisory staff

  • Liaises with all necessary staff and contract workers regarding the efficient and precise administration of production activity

  • Maintains safe working conditions for shop personnel involved in all activities

  • Trains and supervises new and young workers in company operations, industry best practices, and health and safety protocol and procedures in collaboration with the Joint Occupational Safety and Health Committee

  • Recommends work measures to improve productivity

  • Supports company operations to continue building a sustainable business with close ties to the arts community

The Production Manager, Shop reports directly to the CEO and General Manager. Works in collaboration with Project Managers, Project Coordinators and project leads including Head Scenic Carpenters, Head Scenic Painter, and Head Scenic Fabricator. While project leads supervise individual staff members on the floor, the Production Manager, Shop supervises the overall efficiency and accuracy of work by shop personnel such as scenic carpenters, scenic painters, and grip/labourers.

GNW is currently located at 281 Industrial Ave, Vancouver BC. Off-site work also takes place at various locations throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

Working conditions include working: around paint/solvents/aerosols (e.g. spray paints); in non-weather conditions that may be wet, or humid, in extreme cold or heat; with or near compressed gas cylinders or tanks; working near toxic or caustic chemicals, hazardous chemicals, fluorescent lamps or batteries. Exposure to loud noise levels. Outdoor weather conditions include direct sunlight, wind and rain.


  • 8 years professional experience in the field of technical theatre and/or fine and performing art manufacturing management

  • 3-5 years in a supervisory role including the ability to excel in a collaborative environment

  • Well-organized with the ability to prioritize

  • Knowledge of production and employment standards and practices in industries of entertainment, events, and/or fabrication

  • Capable of executing best practices and procedures in the fields of entertainment, events, and/or fabrication

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills, including competence in delegation and decision-making

  • Capable of meeting deadlines in a fast-changing environment and employ creative problem-solving with a positive attitude

  • Knowledge of building materials and material procurement

  • Understanding of WorkSafeBC guidelines and safe working practices in the fabrication and entertainment fields

  • Professional experience as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Stage Manager, Carpenter, Painter, and/or Fabricator is an asset

How to Apply:

Apply with resume/CV at Please also include three professional references who may speak to your experience and skills. Please no phone calls or in-person applications.

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 6, 2019. As an equal opportunity employer, GNW encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Thank you in advance for your interest.


Salary range of $58,240 - $60,320 ($28 - $29/hr) commensurate with experience based on 40 hours per week, year-round. Hours are typically Monday through Friday, however some evening and weekend hours are required based on project needs.

Contact Name: Melanie Wickes
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 778-819-6805

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