Technical Services Director

  • Job Reference: 00008226-1
  • Date Posted: 10 July 2024
  • Recruiter: The Old Vic
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  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £65,000
  • Sector: Executive Positions, Creative Arts
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Job Description

The purpose of the Technical Services Director is to oversee The Old Vic (theatre, building and the new Old Vic Backstage Studio and building) technical, stage and event infrastructure, including line management of the core and casual technical teams (excluding those engaged specifically for productions). They will work closely with the Production Director who will oversee the schedule for those teams for production periods. The Technical Services Director will work with the Production Director and Technical Heads of Department (HoDs) to identify and propose maintenance and improvements required for the technical delivery of Old Vic activity. In addition to underpinning excellence in technical work, the role will work to improve sustainability, environmental impact and H&S compliance. The Technical Services Director will sit on The Old Vic’s Senior Management Group (SMG).

The Technical Services Director will work closely with the Producer, Production team, Technical team and Production Director, in addition to collaborative working with the Head of Building Operations and Facilities team.

Areas of responsibility

Technical Services

  • Managing the HODs to support the delivery of Old Vic productions
  • Overall responsibility for the management of stage and technical facilities and for technical equipment maintenance, upgrades and improvements, doing so with regard to safety, environmental, financial and insurance requirements
  • Working closely with the HODs to support the Production Director throughout the production process to ensure ambitions are realised within The Old Vic’s financial, logistical, sustainability and safety framework
  • Supporting the Production Director to ensure there is sufficient resource to plan and manage fit ups, change overs and get outs, ensuring smooth communication and coordination in preparation and planning for technical team and any casual staff working under the HODs

Responsible to: COO (maternity cover)

[Post maternity leave - COO & Deputy Executive Director]

Contract: Permanent

Location: The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB (there may be occasions where home working may be appropriate depending on the production schedule)

Hours: Full-Time (40 hours per week, Monday-Friday; evening and weekend working may be required)

Additional hours may be necessary in order to fulfil the requirements of the post

Direct reports: Head of Lighting, Head of Stage, Head of Wardrobe, Deputy Head of Sound and dotted line to Assistant Production Manager

Salary: In the region of £65,000 per annum

How to Apply

We understand that everyone is different and we want you to apply in whichever way you feel best shows your skills and experience. There are a range of ways that you can apply with us:

1. Sending a short video file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you (have a look at the person specification in the job description).

2. Sending a short audio file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you.

3. Completing our application form.

4. Uploading your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and working at the Old Vic.

As a Disability Confident employer, The Old Vic has made a commitment that all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for this job will be invited to interview. However in the event that we have a high volume of applications all of whom meet the criteria and identify as disabled, meaning it is not practicable to interview everyone, we may apply a weighting to the shortlisting criteria, or add an additional shortlisting stage before any interviews take place. In all cases we will take care to ensure that any criteria or weightings do not disadvantage disabled applicants.

All appointments are made subject to satisfactory references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

The Process

The recruitment process for this role will be two stages:

  • 1st stage in person conversation
  • 2nd stage in person conversation

The closing date for this role is 11.59pm on 5 August 2024. First stage conversations are likely to take place w/c 19 August 2024.

Equal Opportunities

We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled candidates.

We may take positive action, in cases where candidates are equally qualified, to increase the employment of under-represented groups at The Old Vic.

In the event that we ask you to attend the theatre for a conversation and you are struggling financially, we may be able to reimburse you for any reasonable travel costs.