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Workshop Manager

£28,000 - £30,000 per year depending on experience.
This role is full time fixed term for 1 year with the potential to extend and we’re open to discussing a flexible working patterns dependant on experience and/or job share proposals. A full-time normal working week is 35 hours over 5 days Tuesday to Saturday (excluding 1 hour for lunch). This role requires a flexible approach to working hours in line with the theatre’s operations, and days which will include evenings and weekends.
Position Type
Full Time
Wimbledon, London
Closing Date
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Polka Theatre

Main Duties

What would you be doing?

You will play an important role supporting the Head of Production in delivering the best possible service to Polka productions and projects, with responsibility for the construction, mounting, and rigging of scenic elements. You will manage the workshop spaces and the team onsite at the theatre and offsite at our Batsworth Road workshop space. You will be practical and hands-on, ensuring the workshop and production teams work smoothly and effectively together. You will manage any casual and freelance workshop team members and contractors.

Skills and Experience

Skills and knowledge required

1 Strong engineering and carpentry skills with a good knowledge of structures and construction drafting

2 Ability to use Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, Vectorworks or similar CAD package on a regular basis

3 Proven ability to organise projects and people, giving the attention required, within a set timeframe or by a deadline

4 Proven ability to manage budgets

5 Proven ability to write and speak eloquently in order to negotiate with people both internally and externally and manage difficult conversations

6 Proven ability to manage a team as well as working independently (alone), dealing with a diverse range of people at all levels using diplomacy, discretion and patience

7 Proven knowledge of H&S legislation and procedures, including PUWER, COSHH, LOLER, Construction Design Management, and IOSH Level 3 in H&S

8 Full and clean driving license (experience of driving Luton van desirable)

Experience required

9 Demonstrable experience of working in production in a professional theatre or performing arts environment, with a qualification in stage carpentry or experience of set construction/building scenery including using a wide range of workshop-based tools and machinery

10 The following qualifications/certifications are beneficial but if you haven’t got them or they have lapsed Polka will arrange and pay for them: First aid, Fire marshal, Working at height, ManSafe overhead system