Underbelly Boulevard - Technical Manager


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Job Title: Underbelly Boulevard Technical Manager
Department: Production
Reports To: Underbelly Head of Production & Boulevard General Manager
Responsible For: Technicians
Salary: Based on experience
Start Date: August
Application Closing Date: 8th July

 

JOB PURPOSE

The Technical Manager is responsible for leading the technical team and ensuring that the requisite technical resources and support are available for all activities in the venue including performances, events and private hires.  This includes responsibility for all health and safety throughout the auditorium and rehearsal spaces.

 

ROLE

Technical Management

  • Recruiting, inducting, training, managing and developing members of the technical team.
  • Creating weekly schedules showing shifts for members of the technical team, ensuring the requisite technical support is available for all activities at the theatre (including the presence of a Duty Technician) and that members of the technical team stay within safe working hours.
  • Checking and approving timesheets for members of the technical team.
  • Arranging and attending meetings with colleagues and clients to establish the technical requirements and support required for activities at the theatre, including determining auditorium configurations.
  • Working with clients’ third-party suppliers or contractors to ensure the smooth delivery of events
  • Being available to manage and operate events, private hires and other activities at the theatre, as required.
  • Establishing budgets and offering quotations for the provision of technical resources and support for activities at the theatre and, once confirmed, monitoring expenditure and ensuring budgets are not exceeded.
  • Managing the annual technical budget (including for core staff costs) and preparing applications for capital purchases, as required.
  • Negotiating the terms of hire for additional lighting, sound and AV equipment as required.
  • Managing all deliveries and collections relating to the physical elements of events and other activities at the theatre, with consideration for local residents and businesses and other users of the building.
  • Ensuring the safe storage and maintenance of all technical equipment and that all O&M procedures are followed; demanding the highest standards of theatre technical “house-keeping”.
  • Considering the potential for making the theatre greener and more sustainable through the actions of the technical team.
  • Contributing to the day-to-day running of the venue and serving its long-term interests.

 

Health & Safety Management

Overseeing Health & Safety for performances, events, private hires and other activities taking place in the auditorium and other areas of the venue:

 

  • Ensuring all physical production for theatre productions, events and private hires comply and continue to comply with current local fire standards, Health & Safety regulations and Construction Design and Management Regulations and best practice.
  • Liaising with the local statutory authority as required in relation to performance, event and private hire details and arranging on-site inspections as required.
  • Reviewing RAMS provided by incoming companies, and provide comments / seek clarification as required, to ensure the highest levels of safety are maintained at all times.
  • Completing, as necessary, RAMS for theatre productions, events, private hires and other activities, from a venue perspective, and ensuring the visiting companies, creative team members, stage management teams, production teams, clients, third-party suppliers/contractors and any other associated parties are briefed as necessary (including on the venue’s Health & Safety Policy) and walked around the venue before completing any work or entering any areas unsupervised.
  • Completing risk assessments for technical equipment and technical operations, as required.

 

Other Duties

  • Keeping up to date with developments in technical theatre.
  • Attending regular company meetings.
  • Contributing to the development of the organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of theatre lighting, sound, AV, technical stage management, technical systems and software, in particular EOS consoles and QLab.
  • Excellent knowledge of Health & Safety best practice and CDM.
  • Knowledge of LOLER and Rigging best practice and Risk Assessment methodology including performer flying.
  • Knowledge of working drawings pertinent to theatrical technical delivery and an ability to draw.
  • Working knowledge of BECTU agreements and HR good practice.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly personable manner and an ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues at all levels.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to prioritise tasks.
  • Ability to work pro-actively, anticipating challenges in advance.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills.

 

Staff Benefits

  • Free entry to shows at Underbelly venues (subject to availability)
  • 25% discount at Underbelly bars 
  • Staff social events

 

Equal Opportunities

Underbelly is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of Underbelly. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. 

It is the policy of Underbelly to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable.

We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.


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Underbelly

Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company. Its festivals and events division produces a number of events annually, including Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Underbelly Festival in London.

Underbelly also produce Christmas in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square in collaboration with Westminster City Council. 

In the West End, Underbelly is currently producing the Olivier award-winning version of Cabaret at The Kit Kat Klub.

Underbelly have recently launched their first permanent venue, Underbelly Boulevard, in the heart of Soho.