Technical Manager

The Eastgate Theatre is looking for a capable and experienced Technical Manager to join the small professional team of this busy multi-arts venue in Peebles.

The role will involve responsibility for all technical aspects of live events; hands-on management of lighting, sound, AV and other technical facilities; effective support for visiting companies and other clients to ensure delivery of high quality events; and responsibility for ensuring safe working practices at all times.  Candidates should have at least two years’ experience of technical work in a live events environment; good all round technical skills; and thorough knowledge of health and safety requirements and fire regulations.  This is a full-time post, averaging 40 hours per week including some weekend and late night working.

Applicants should send a CV with covering letter to generalmanager@eastgatearts.com.  A full Job Description and Person Specification can be found below.

For further information please contact generalmanager@eastgatearts.com

Application deadline: Friday 1 February

Interviews: to be scheduled between Monday 11 and Monday 18 February

Technical Manager Job Description

Role and Responsibilities

Main aims:

  • To maintain and develop the technical facilities of the Eastgate
  • To ensure the efficient management of the theatre’s facilities, and to provide a safe, tidy and welcoming working environment
  • To support the Eastgate’s general manager and marketing manager in developing a varied and high quality schedule of events throughout the year
  • To advise on relevant technical or building expenditure, and manage consequent costs within agreed budgets

Main technical responsibilities:

  • To liaise in advance with visiting companies in order to agree their requirements
  • To work with visiting companies for pre-rigs, get-ins, focusing and plotting, rehearsals and sound checks, and to run and get out shows – all in accordance with good working practice
  • To source special equipment not held in theatre stock as required by visiting companies, recording its use and notifying the General Manager of costs involved
  • To advise the General Manager if specialist skills are required for particular events, and suggest sources of expertise
  • To act as Production Manager for any events arranged by local organisations working with the Eastgate Theatre, managing any technical equipment, electrical props, pyrotechnics etc
  • To manage the theatre’s regular maintenance programme for stage and other mechanical, electrical or digital equipment, utilities and services
  • To manage any casual technical staff (whether paid or volunteer) and support their training and development where appropriate
  • To carry out risk assessments if required by the General Manager, and take steps to ensure that all statutory regulations in relation to the safe operation of the theatre’s ancillary areas are adhered to by all members of staff, volunteers, and visitors

General duties:

  • To meet and greet customers in a friendly and helpful fashion, and ensure a high standard of customer care at all times.
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge of all theatre events, activities and facilities
  • To ensure good knowledge of health and safety regulations, and undertake training when required
  • To take part in regular fire drills and evacuation practices
  • To look after keys, stock and property, and ensure that the security of the theatre and its customers is maintained at all times
  • To carry out any other appropriate duties as determined by the General Manager
  • To adhere to the Eastgate Theatre’s agreed policies with regard to:
    • Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
    • Equal opportunities
    • Health and safety
    • Environmental protection
    • Data protection
  • To attend regular weekly staff meetings whenever possible

Person Specification

The Technical Manager must have excellent knowledge and experience of technical services in a live events setting, a good range of practical skills, and the ability to work effectively and flexibly with a variety of professional companies and artists as well as with amateur groups and performers.  The post holder will be expected to work effectively either on their own or as part of a team, using initiative as well as responding to instructions.

Essential knowledge and experience:

  • At least two years’ experience of working in a technical environment
  • Extensive experience of technical services in a live events venue
  • Experience of operating theatre lighting, including rigging and focusing, and use of lighting effects
  • Experience of programming and operating lighting desks
  • Experience of setting up microphones, monitors and speakers, balancing live and recorded sound
  • Experience of programming and operating sound desks
  • Good level of ICT skills
  • Knowledge of AV set up and operation
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations within a live events environment
  • Knowledge of fire regulations within a live events environment
  • Good team working and leadership skills
  • A professional approach, and the ability to remain calm in all circumstances
  • Ability to prioritise effectively

 Desirable skills and abilities:

  • Experience of building management
  • Experience of problem solving within a live events environment
  • Experience of budget management
  • Good time management skills

Terms and conditions

The post reports to the General Manager of the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, and is offered as a full-time permanent contract.  The average working week will consist of up to 40 hours scheduled over five days, which may include early or late shifts as well as weekends (generally Saturdays).  Work will generally be based at the Eastgate Theatre, but may occasionally include support for activities in other locations.

The Eastgate Theatre aims to be an equal opportunities and family-friendly employer.