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Lead Lighting Technician

Posted on 29 November 2017

Application closing date: 11.59pm on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. It is also one of the region’s leading conference centres. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year (1700 seater and 600 seater venues)
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest Music Learning & Participation Programmes in the UK
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the north
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces.

In 2015/16 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events
  • 16,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 84 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

About the role

The Lead Lighting Technician is a member of the Technical Team and is responsible for ensuring the safe, creative and efficient presentation of all productions, hires and projects in all Sage Gateshead venues, designing, programming and operating lighting systems on Hires, Internal productions, Festivals and Special Projects.

The Lead Lighting Technician will provide a high level of skill in the day-to-day operations of lighting within a live music production, working within the Technical Team to provide a high level of multi-discipline support to all activities undertaken at Sage Gateshead and other venues.

Job Information

Job Title: Lead Lighting Technician
Department & Team: Technical Team – Operations Department
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: 44 per week
Salary: £24,827 to £28,110 pro rata per annum (SCP 22 to 26)

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Technical Production Manager
Responsible for: None
Budget accountability: None

Overall purpose of the job

Working with and under guidance from the relevant Production Manager – Design, plan, install, programme and operate lighting equipment creatively, correctly & safely to realise the productions lighting design to the highest standards.

To ensure that all creative teams, visiting companies and artists feel welcome, engaged and supported in the building and receive the highest level of technical support at all times.

Act as Production Electrician for visiting touring productions.

Take responsibility for onstage and backstage safety at all times.

Ensure that the technical equipment (specifically lighting) is maintained in both statutory inspections and high technical standards.

Seek ways of improving the Technical Operation of North Music Trust and its resources and staff.

Train others on the use of technical equipment and procedures.

Stage manage or operate sound and AV on productions.

Responsibility

  1. Design, plan, install, programme and operate technical equipment creatively, correctly & safely to realise the productions lighting design to the highest standards
  2. Ensure that the information provided by Production managers is realised to high creative and technical standards
  3. Plan and implement preventative and reactive maintenance and H&S inspections on technical equipment specialising in lighting
  4. Support the Technical Production Manager in the effective management of the Technical Department
  5. Organise and provide training on technical equipment and procedures relating to lighting
  6. Work as a team leader supervising other members of the technical team as required

Duties required from each Responsibility

Design, plan, install, programme and operate technical equipment creatively, correctly & safely to realise the productions lighting design to the highest standards:

  • Liaise with Production Management on the lighting requirements of visiting productions, artists and the overall design concept of lighting across venues for Sage Gateshead Festivals
  • Design lighting plans to compliment internal productions, Festivals and special projects for all Sage Gateshead activity
  • Liaising with artists and visiting production personnel programme and operate lighting equipment during shows, interpreting creatively and artistically as appropriate to the genre and style of music or event

Ensure that the information provided by Production managers is realised to high creative and technical standards:

  • Work under guidance and in conjunction with the Production Managers to achieve the appropriate level of technical provision on events and activities
  • Brief other technicians about the venues’ Production Sheet, tech specs and/or stage plans and issue tasks to them
  • Programme and operate technical equipment during shows, interpreting creatively and artistically as appropriate to the genre and style of music or event
  • Supervise work and assist in the technical set-up and de-rig
  • Make safe and practical technical decisions that are necessary on the day to ensure the show goes ahead
  • Thoroughly test the set-up prior to the equipment being used, including the safety of the installation, sign-off as ready and safe to use in the show
  • When working as stage manager, take responsibility for the safety of all backstage personnel and performers, including the coordination of evacuation with the duty manager if needed

Plan and implement the preventative and reactive maintenance and H&S inspections on all parts of the technical equipment but specifically on the lighting:

  • Maintain software on all lighting consoles within the venue
  • Maintain all installed dimmers and portable dimming and distribution systems
  • Maintain all generic and owned Moving lighting stock
  • Liaise with contractors on maintenance of leased equipment coordinate regular maintenance regime for these fixtures
  • Initiate and carry out the required daily, weekly and monthly inspections including careful scheduling of the tasks to utilise downtime, whilst ensuring stock levels are maintained on parts and lamps
  • Coordinate with other senior technical staff if additional or other personnel are required to complete the tasks
  • Advise other senior technical staff if equipment becomes unavailable
  • Remove from service unfit or dangerous equipment
  • Undertake housekeeping and general upkeep of technical areas

Support the Technical Production Manager in the effective management of the Technical Department:

  • Design and propose changes to the lighting installations across all venues including the creation of lighting plans using design software
  • Research new developments in technology that would enhance the technical operation of the venues
  • Explore new ways of working that would bring greater efficiency or quality to the technical operation
  • Coordinate team meetings and working groups to consider improvements and modifications to the use of lighting across the venues
  • Report findings to Technical Production Manager (TPM) and coordinate implementation of improvements

Organise and provide training on technical equipment and procedures:

  • Consult with the TPM on training needs for the team and others
  • Plan and carry out training for technical personnel, issuing method statements and documentation as necessary
  • Coordinate others to provide training, if required
  • Provide training for trainees or students on technical matters
  • Carry out evaluation and monitoring to check the validity and effectiveness of the training
  • Report on the effectiveness of training to the TPM

To work as a team leader supervising other members of the technical team:

  • Assign tasks to technical crew or other technicians
  • Ensure all tasks are carried out in accordance with method statements
  • Supervise activities to ensure quality and safety standards are maintained
  • Ensure completion of all tasks on the Production Advance Sheet
  • Advise appropriate Production or Stage Manager when tasks complete
  • Leave site in a safe condition

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job

Essential (required):

  • Good general education including 5 GCSE’s at level C or above, or equivalent including Maths and English
  • Experience of technical operations for live events and conferences gained either through at least five years practical experience in a live venue with at least 400 seats or external sites or, through formal training and a degree level qualification or equivalent in technical operations followed by three years practical experience in a live venue of at least 400 seats
  • Extensive knowledge of Live music production, especially as it relates to lighting operations
  • Extensive knowledge of all current lighting work practices and equipment
  • Expertise in programming and operation of moving light consoles, especially Avolites
  • Expertise in installed and portable dimming systems and power distribution
  • Ability to interpret information from schematics, ground plans, tech specs and schedules relating to lighting
  • Ability to create lighting plans and schematics
  • High level of competency in rigging and stage machinery
  • Extensive knowledge of appropriate health & safety rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Developed IT skills and ability to assimilate new technology and software
  • An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
  • Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team and under your own initiative
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
  • Ability to work within high, confined, dusty and loud areas

Desirable (optional):

  • Degree level qualification in Technical Theatre or Live Production Management
  • Electrical qualification
  • Rigging qualification
  • Experience of lighting design for touring productions
  • Experience of designing and implementing large scale site electrical distribution
  • Experience of Programming and operating
  • Video – installing and operating cameras, projectors, switchers, computers for conferences and live events, video editing and live streaming
  • Sound Engineering – using digital consoles at monitors or at front of house in large halls, for internationally renowned artists and clients
  • Stage Management – ability to safely and effectively run multi act events for internationally renowned artists and clients
  • Recording – multi track recording/mixing for national live broadcast or sale, using Pro Tools HD systems
  • Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice including working at height
  • Knowledge of the use of WYSIWYG design software
  • A liking and appreciation of music and the arts

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

The holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days pa pro rata (including statutory holidays).

The salary for this post is £24,827 to £28,110 per annum (SCP 22 to 26).

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, childcare vouchers and travel ticket scheme.

How to Apply

Please submit your full CV and monitoring form to humanresources@sagegateshead.com

If you have previously applied for this position via the Opportunities inbox please resubmit your CV and monitoring form to the email address above in order for your application to be processed.

Monitoring Form (PDF)
Monitoring Form (Word)

If you have any queries about your application please contact 0191 443 4624.

Download the job description

Completed applications should be returned no later than 11.59pm on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Please note if you have not been contacted by Friday 19th January 2018 your application has not been successful.