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Deputy Head of Lighting

Date Added
28 April 2022
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
£29,013.99 : pro rata if part time
Job Specification
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Role Summary 
The Rep is an ambitious and exciting theatre which is now growing and re-building following the impact of COVID 19. There is much to celebrate and be excited about at The Rep including our 50th anniversary, the Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival in 2022, and the Birmingham City re-generation. We are approaching the completion of the redevelopment of our front of house areas, and we are committed to reasserting our mission and values under a new executive team consisting of Rachael Thomas, Executive Director and Sean Foley, Artistic Director. 
Working alongside the Head of Lighting, this role will have responsibility for all LX requirements for the Rep productions and will assume a hands-on role in the day to day running of the department. You will ensure excellent customer service is consistently provided to staff, customers and visitors to The Rep and UVB events. This role will require you to deputise for the Head of Lighting and ensure the efficient technical management of all events and productions. 
There is also responsibility to ensure that digital technology and sustainability are at the heart of every project. 
Main duties and responsibilities 
The role main duties and responsibilities of the role are: 
• Working with the Head of Lighting, liaise with other technical staff and UVB Team regarding the requirements for conferences, hires and visiting companies. 
• Install, operate, programme and maintain lighting equipment for conferences, hires, Rep productions and visiting companies as required. 
• To maintain and run performances, ensuring the productions continued adherence to its creator’s original design. 
• Working with the Head of Lighting, liaise with the incoming creative teams on design and requirements for Rep productions. 
• To work to design and installation deadlines as per production and technical schedules as set by the Head of Lighting. 
• Maintain all technical equipment both on a day-to-day and formalised scheduled programme. 
• Create and install practical lighting elements for Rep productions. 
• Liaise with the Head of Lighting and the Creative Learning team to create opportunities for access and learning throughout the department. 
• To act as an ambassador for the Rep and maintain a professional appearance whenever at work but especially when working on conferences, hires and UVB events. 
• To liaise with other departments regarding audio-described and signed performances. 
• To carry out other technical duties or special projects as reasonably required by the Head of Lighting. 
• Liaise closely with other departments to ensure efficient and effective completion of tasks and working patterns. 
• To work alongside the Head of Lighting to generate ideas / projects for the better running and / or improvement of the Lighting department at The Rep. 
• To ensure excellent customer service is maintained at all times. 
• Ensure the departments functions are conducted within the parameters, budgetary or otherwise, as set out by the Head of Lighting. 
• Deputise for the Head of Lighting, to ensure representation at all Design, Progress, Production and Departmental meetings, as well as other meetings as required. 
• Keep pace with technical developments within the sector and beyond and undertake further training and development as required. 
• Ensure that a high standard of housekeeping prevails in all departmental areas. 
• Working with the Head of Lighting to actively embrace and seek to embed digital solutions to presenting work and to developing work flows across the department. 
• Ensure that sustainable methods of delivering on all output are considered, developed and implemented where possible. 
• Work with the Head of Lighting to help support and actively participate in the Birmingham Rep’s apprenticeship schemes. 
• Deputise for the Head of Lighting as and when required. 
• Any other duties as reasonably requested by the Head of Lighting to ensure the smooth running of the Lighting department, also duties assisting the building maintenance team with improvements / maintenance of the building. 
• This role may require occasionally working away from Birmingham. 
Communication and Administration 
• Ensure detailed records are maintained for all equipment. 
• To ensure show files and any relevant records are archived. 
• Comply with The Rep’s financial policies and procedures and work with the Head of Lighting to maintain budgets and resources accordingly. 
Health & Safety 
• Work closely with the Head of Lighting and other Rep team members and consultants to maintain a safe working environment. 
• Maintain and update records of risk assessment and maintenance, as well as maintain general record keeping. 
• Ensure method statements or safe systems of work are implemented and that appropriate training has been completed. 
• Be an on-duty First Aider. 
General Responsibilities 
• Adhere to and implement the guidelines, procedures and policies of the company as detailed in the staff policies (available from the staff intranet). 
• Play a role in the life of the company and work across departments to develop a positive and engaged organizational culture. 
• Be aware of, and comply with, rules and legislation pertaining to Health & Safety at work and abide by the procedures set out in the Health & Safety Policy. 
• Be aware of, and comply with, rules and legislation pertaining to data security and GDPR at work and abide by the procedures set out in the Data Protection Policy. 
• All staff are expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and adherence to, our safeguarding policy, including a duty to report any issues of concern. 
Key relationships 
This role reports to the Head of Lighting and deputises in managing the Lighting team including:   
• LX technicians 
• Casual LX staff 
The structure above may change from time to time based on business need but reflects the broad areas of responsibility and is indicative of the number of direct reports. 
• Technical Manager 
• Members of the Senior Management team 
• Heads of Department across the organisation 
• Staff groups, forums and trade unions as required 
• UVB Team 
• Providers, suppliers 
• Freelance Production Staff 
• Creative teams 
Person specification 
You must have 
If you do not demonstrate that you meet all these criteria you may not be shortlisted. 
• Minimum 3 years of experience in a producing theatre. 
• Extensive experience, knowledge and understanding of the theatrical technical industry and in particular technical products, equipment and systems. 
• Excellent communication and organisational skills, both written and verbal. 
• Knowledge of current Health & Safety guidance, practice and practical implementation. 
• Excellent knowledge and experience in lighting. 
• Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team. 
• Ability to work under pressure while managing time effectively, meeting deadlines while continuing to pay close attention to detail and accuracy. 
• Working at height certification. 
• Ability to and experience of working at height and in using a broad range of access equipment. 
• Ability to solder and create practical lighting elements. 
• Computer literate and practical experience of using Word, Excel (or equivalent) and AutoCAD or Vectorworks. 
• Experience of liaising with creative teams and ability to interpret design concepts into an achievable outcome. 
• Positive outlook and a flexible approach to working, including unsociable hours. 
It’d be great if you had 
If we need to choose between candidates who meet the essential criteria, we may take these factors into account. 
• Full clean driving license and experience in driving vans. 
• Formal electrical installation and inspection certification. 
• First aid certification. 
• IPAF. 
Terms & Conditions 
Period of work 
This is a permanent contract, subject to successful completion of a probationary period of three months. 
£29,013.99 : pro rata if part time 
A relocation package may be negotiated 
2028 hours per year (equivalent to 39 hours a week) 
You will be entitled to double time hours for Sundays & Bank Holidays and these will be added to your annualisation. If, at the end of the year, your annualisation is about 2028 hours your additional hours will be paid out at your hourly rate. You will still be able to claim for auxiliary payments (get outs and meal allowances) 
20 days per year plus public holidays, increasing to 25 days with service. 
The holiday year runs from 1st September to 31st August each year. 
Notice period 
The notice period will be 2 months. 
Location of work 
Your main place of work will be The Rep in Birmingham, but you may be required to work permanently or temporarily at other locations. 
You may be asked to work temporarily in other locations in the UK. Your role may involve some international travel. 
Relocation package available upon application 
Training and Development 
Training and development package available upon application 
Application Details
To apply, please visit our website:
Closing Date
01 April 2023
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