What does a Location Manager do?

Location managers oversee all locations that are involved in entertainment production. As critical players in film, television, and music video productions, they read scripts and analyze storyboards before consulting with the production's director and photography director. They research possible locations before visiting set target locations to investigate how well they match a director's creative vision. They take photos of each site and report back to the director to discuss which areas are suitable. They manage all logistical production issues, including parking, obtaining permission to access the site, and drafting contracts.

Location managers make other necessary preparations before beginning the production, including booking hotels, arranging for on-site trailers, and ensuring everything on the production complies with health and safety regulation. They manage the site throughout the production to resolve any problems or issues during the shoot. When the show wraps, location managers ensure everyone and everything leaves the site safely and efficiently and that the site is left unaffected. Location managers need a bachelor's degree in media studies, film studies, or photography.

What responsibilities are common for Location Manager jobs?
  • Work with sales representatives to develop and maintain key referral sources.
  • Work within approved budget.
  • Manage inventory to ensure levels are met and company assets are monitored and controlled.
  • Develop and implement cost saving measures.
  • Conserve organizational resources.
  • Contribute to profits and revenue.
  • Make sure location personnel receives and complete necessary training to perform assigned duties.
  • Monitor and act on the company's growth plan in order to achieve or exceed the location's budgeted goals.
  • Assist in collection of all accounts as assigned.
  • Demonstrate persistence and overcome obstacles.
  • Measure self against standard of excellence.
  • Properly display, maintain, and market all product lines.
  • Count inventory on a monthly basis and account for any longs and shorts.
  • Carry out directional responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and applicable laws.
  • Set and achieve challenging goals.
  • Develop a customer service team including, but not limited to customer service representatives, patient service technicians, respiratory clinicians and other staff whose goal is to enhance customer service.
  • Develop and maintain working knowledge of current products and services offered by the company and all applicable governmental regulations.
  • Interview and hire staff as needed as approved by senior management with emphasis on recruiting best-qualified candidates.
  • Run morning meetings systematically and reviews action items from meetings on a regular basis.
  • Balance team and individual responsibilities.
  • Exhibit objectivity and openness to others' views.
  • Give and welcome feedback.
  • Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.
What are the typical qualifications for Location Manager jobs?
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in mortuary science, animal sciences or business, or equivalent experience.
  • A leader and problem solver.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
  • Comfortable using critical and analytical thinking to solve problems.
  • Able to prioritize tasks as needed.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and fluency in spreadsheets.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Location Manager make?

$69,239 /yr
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“Good learning experience and intro to what certain jobs do”

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Jul 30, 2021

“Working for them was great they had great incentives.”

Service Corporation InternationalService Corporation International
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Dec 15, 2021

“They recognize that each individual is unique and I feel confident my opinion matters.”

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Jan 3, 2021

“It gives a good learning opportunity to many part time and freshers.”

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Jul 24, 2022

“Good Work culture and Employee oriented.”

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May 17, 2023

“Not much pay gain here”

Great Lakes Higher EducationGreat Lakes Higher Education
Jan 11, 2021

“nice people to work with”

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