Assoc Dir, Remote Production Operations

ESPN Bristol, CT

About the Job

Job Summary:

The Associate Director, Remote Production Operations will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day strategy and decision making behind ESPN's Mobile Unit Operations. The role requires leadership of department personnel and strategic management of mobile unit production facilities for live event and studio productions for all sport categories on ESPN's programming schedule.


  • Assumes the leadership role in complex tasks and processes that can have a material influence on the outcomes of assigned remote events.
  • Provides daily oversight of Mobile Unit Operations personnel in Bristol. Manage team and ensure all events and tasks are assigned effectively and equitably.
  • Oversees current contracts with mobile unit vendors and ensure annual obligations are met and terms are adjusted as necessary. Evaluate and negotiate future vendor contracts and business requirements in partnership with ESPN/Disney Legal and Procurement resources.
  • Works closely with ESPN Remote Operations and Production sport management teams to design and implement the mobile unit technical specifications for each show/event.
  • Manages the process of invoice payments and expense tracking as managed by the Mobile Unit Operations team related to Mobile Production trucks, Generators, Graphics Systems, and Shipping.
  • Leads the creation and distribution of the weekly ESPN Global Mobile Unit schedule to office staff, field staff, the vendor community and related ESPN departments.
  • Prepares and distributes utilization and expenditure reports as assigned by senior management.
  • Acquires and maintains a thorough understanding of technical equipment and solutions for modern and dynamic live production systems.
  • Balances day-to-day workload along with handling complex issues and challenges associated with a live television environment.
  • Receives and handles communications after hours and on weekends as necessary.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Has in depth awareness of developments in equipment technology and procedures.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of organization, procurement, financial and logistical skills relating to show creation.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of computer training and how it relates to the new technical equipment utilized on remote events.
  • Has an in-depth understanding of the procurement aspects of the technical equipment needed to carryout live broadcasts.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, including voice and email communication.
  • Must be accessible on evenings and on weekends to react to challenges related to the live television production environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Has a minimum of 10 years of related technical and/or operational planning and procurement experience.
  • Has and applies an advanced knowledge of the technical equipment requirements of ESPN's and ABC Sports remote operations functions

Required Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That's because we're always finding new ways to interact with fans - however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we're doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.
This position is with ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call ESPN.
ESPN Productions, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.