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Night Automation & Flys Lead

Date Added
13 January 2022
Job Specification
Job Purpose 
The Night Automation and flys Lead  is responsible for all areas of stage machinery related to the flys and automated elements on overnight changeovers, fit-ups and get outs. 
The overnight work will occur for 4 -5 months of the year. The remainder of the year will be day calls. 
Key Tasks and Responsibilities 
To supervise flys and automation staff on night shifts (and day shifts at certain times of the year) leading the flown and automated elements of the changeovers and other night calls 
To lead, along with the other supervisors on the planning, operation and maintenance of flys and all stage related automated equipment. 
To maintain, inspect and troubleshoot automation equipment. 
To ensure that all machinery, equipment and accessories are correctly rigged and used according to best practice including the integration of safety systems. 
To act as Night Head of flys on tour. 
To assist with the LOLER and PUWER inspections of stage machinery and equipment. 
To ensure best practice regarding use of harnesses and working at height. 
To cooperate with other departments in relation to their needs regarding automation and other effects. 
To assist with the planning of stage effects for touring and hire Productions. 
To communicate effectively on stage and safely integrate our work on stage with other departments including Stage Management 
To have an in-depth understanding of the IQ based system and be able to successfully fault-find. 
To participate in the in-house training of the automation desk. 
To keep clear, accurate and accessible records of faults, maintenance and show plots. 
To ensure that all scenery is maintained to the highest standard. 
To maintain a clear flow of information between the stage, automation  and other relevant departments 
To organise the operation and rigging of special effects 
To assist  with fit-ups, get outs and all technical aspects of show production including loading and unloading lorries and other non-automation stage-related work. 
To lead on the best practice of Health and Safety and to work alongside others in a safe and efficient manner 
To develop a working knowledge of the Glyndebourne Repertoire 
To undertake, if required, all manner of set refurbishment, painting, cleaning etc, and to assist in the maintenance of productions throughout their run. 
To carry out all other duties where required 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
Substantial flying experience 
Knowledge of automation systems in Theatre 
Solid supervisory and team leadership skills and experience; demonstrable ability to work effectively alone or as part of a team 
Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with colleagues and staff at all levels 
Excellent knowledge and practical experience of safe working practice within a theatrical environment 
Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and regulations 
Knowledge of Stagecraft 
Knowledge of IQ and/or  ‘Navigator’ based automation systems 
Mechanical/stage engineering knowledge 
Electrical/electronic knowledge. 
Experience of inspection and use of rigging equipment 
Industry certifications in Working at Height, Rigging, Health and Safety and /or Electrical standards 
Experience writing Risk Assessments and Method Statements 
Ability to fulfil the demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule 
To work calmly under pressure 
Ability to organise and communicate 
To participate in all allocated training programmes and initiatives 
Working long hours 
Working night shifts 
To be physically fit 
To work as part of a large team 
To travel, when required, on Glyndebourne business 
Salary and benefits 
This is a permanent, full-time position, the contractual hours of work are 48 per week, (40 average during the night periods) for which we offer a highly competitive rate of pay. 
We offer 5.6 weeks’ holiday inclusive of bank holidays per annum. 
We can offer excellent working facilities in a beautiful country setting. For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station.
Application Details
Please then apply by e-mail to sending your CV and covering letter. 
The closing date for this role is 21st January 2022. 
Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in our workforce. 
To help us monitor the effectiveness of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our supporting policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our anonymized and confidential Equal Opportunities monitoring form . 
As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies. If relevant to you, please inform us of this in your covering letter. If you have any questions in relation to this please contact a member of the HR team at 
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Closing Date
21 January 2022
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