Factory International

Head of Technical

Apply by Friday 25 November

We recruiting four Head of Technical roles:

Head of Lighting & Video
Head of Sound
Head of Rigging
Head of Scenic & Gallery Installations

Our expert technical teams will deliver the physical elements of all shows, artworks and events, working closely with the Programming and Producing teams to realise innovative ideas and making sure they are created in a safe, sustainable and exciting way.
We are looking for expertise from all artforms; visual and performing arts, live music, theatre, exhibitions, corporate events and beyond. The Heads of Department will collectively lead a diverse range of core staff drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. Dealing with complex logistics, the team will make sure that all of our spaces, events and shows are delivered to an exceptional standard and accessible to everyone. We’re looking for people who are good communicators, enthusiastic, and who want to be part of something new and unique.

Responsibilities of Head of Technical

For all of the roles there will be some common responsibilities as below.

Responsible for the operation of all aspects of Factory International’s technical equipment with particular emphasis on your specialised area of work
Organise the smooth running of the get ins and fit up, show runs, and get outs, planning appropriate staffing levels and equipment for the department, and ensuring that this is carried out in accordance with current Health & Safety legislation and Environmental Good Practice
Liaise with visiting technical departments, ensuring their requirements are met, they are compliant with Factory policies and there is maximum exploitation of the commercial contract. Develop and promote production related income streams
Cover the position of Technical Duty Manager on a rota basis and manage other technical departments in the absence of the relevant manager. Provide advice to all other users of the venue with regard to the safe and proper use of technical and stage equipment with specific emphasis on your specialised area of work
In conjunction with other Department Heads plan and deliver an effective programme of maintenance (inc Planned Preventative Maintenance), housekeeping, stock control and testing for all appliances and performance related equipment in the building.
Oversee and operate the departmental overhead and show budgets in line with company regulations and procedures
In conjunction with the Technical Manager, Director of Production & Building Operations and HR Department, plan and carry out the recruitment, development and training of technical staff, ensuring the needs of the department are met

Essential Requirements for Head of Technical

For all of the roles there will be some common person specification requirements as below.

Proven experience of your specialist area in one or more art form (live music, theatre, performance art, etc), preferably in a producing environment
Experience of managing a large department with demonstrable leadership and supervisory skills
Ability to manage and communicate with staff effectively at all levels
Demonstrable experience of producing and managing budgets
Ability to work well under pressure and to prioritise competing workload demands
Experience of receiving large scale national and international touring productions
Proven experience of scheduling and planning staff requirements
Knowledge of technical drawing programs including Auto CAD or Vector Works
Knowledge of the principles relating to the safe use of electricity, and an ability to apply this knowledge in practical situations typically required in an entertainment environment
Experience of Health & Safety practice and procedures including Risk Assessments
Commitment to championing representation and inclusion at every level of the organisation with a proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds