Technical Manager, Manchester International Festival


The Technical Manager will ensure the physical production of all Factory 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.

This role will lead the permanent and temporary technical teams, developing 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.

Responsibilities include 

  • Creating and managing production and technical budgets for shows, artworks and events in Factory, alongside the Technical Director & Head of Venue Operations 
  • Managing the work of permanent and temporary Production Department staff and  overseeing the recruitment of contract Factory staff as appropriate 
  • Ensuring all technical and production equipment is well maintained and in good working order 
  • Working with MIF’s commercial team and producers to ensure technical sales, contracts and staffing recharges are managed effectively within delivery of third part events 
  • With the Digital Department, ensuring the capture and storage of Factory shows, events and artworks, including video, audio, prompt copies, show files and digital models 
  • Ensuring Factory technical specifications, drawings, plans and models are kept up to date and available for distribution 
  • Ensuring infrastructure, including format changes, are planned, installed and removed, safely and efficiently within the physical and financial resources available 

Essential requirements include 

  • Substantive track record in technical management in either a receiving or producing environment 
  • Up to date knowledge of technical theatre and production (e.g., lighting, sound, video, rigging, set construction, wardrobe etc), or relevant and proven knowledge from equivalent fields
  • 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 
  • IOSH qualified 

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