Department: Technical
Locations: Manchester International Festival/The Factory
Remote status: Hybrid Remote
Yearly salary: £42,000 - £45,000
Employment type: Full-time

The Technical Manager will ensure the physical production of all Factory Concerts, artworks, productions and shows are delivered and maintained to the highest standard. This includes MIF produced work in addition to co-produced, third party created visiting work and corporate events at all scales from small foyer productions though to whole building take overs.

The Technical Manager will lead the permanent and temporary technical teams (Sound, Lighting, Stage & Rigging), and show specific teams such as wardrobe, wigs, and stage management. The post holder will develop and embed a cohesive, efficient, cost-effective and robust technical operations structure whilst always keeping environmental sustainability, access and customers at the heart of what we do.


  • Oversee liaison with visiting companies and artists regarding production, technical and freight requirements and ensure the highest standards of delivery and presentation and all contractual agreements are meet. (These are predominately, but not exclusively music) 
  • Working with MIF’s commercial team and producers to ensure technical sales, contras and staffing recharges are managed effectively within delivery of third party events
  • Working with the Head of Production & Facilities, and Production Managers, deliver the produced and co-produced shows, artworks and events to the highest standard, and to budget and on time
  • Manage the work of permanent and temporary Production Department staff and to oversee the recruitment of contract Factory staff as appropriate
  • Ensure all technical and production equipment is well maintained and in good working order, including managing specialist vendors and leading on the procurement of show specific equipment, ensuring they are delivered on schedule and within budget
  • Ensure Factory shows, artworks and events are captured for archive and remounting including video, audio, prompt copies and show files and digital models
  • Ensure Factory technical specifications, drawings, plans and models are kept up to date and available for distribution
  • Ensure infrastructure, including format changes, are planned, installed and removed, safely and efficiently within the physical and financial resources available
  • Responsible for statutory compliance across all technical related systems, (including but not exclusively LOLER, periodic electrical testing, CDM2015) and keep records. Ensure all accidents and near misses are documented and reported to the Head of Venue Operations
  • Ensure the Technical Team’s proactive compliance with Factory/MIF’s H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work. Review and Sign Off all production related risk assessments and method statements, including any additional risks created due to concurrent activities

Person Specification

  • Substantive track record in technical management in either a receiving or producing environment
  • Proven experience of managing and motivating a team to achieve consistently high levels of performance
  • Up to date knowledge of technical production (e.g., lighting, sound, video, rigging, set construction, wardrobe etc), or relevant and proven knowledge from equivalent fields. (This can be from an art form, but with preference for a live music environment)
  • Experience of developing standard operating procedures
  • Proven experience of interpreting technical plans and diagrams, proficiency in CAD
  • Experience in rostering staff and managing annualised hours
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation, guidance and practical implementation
  • 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


  • Experience of developing and delivering staff training
  • Experience of production management
  • Experience of building a team and setting up systems from scratch
  • Experience of technical management in a new building/post a major redevelopment
  • Experience of working with a commercial events team
  • IOSH qualification NEBOSH preferred
  • IPAF 3a&3b telehandler and forks accreditation
  • Enthusiasm for training, mentoring and support of emerging talent

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Closing date: Monday 11 July, 12pm

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