Technical Manager

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary See description

Updated 3 days ago

Reference 1382980

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Technical Manager based in Belfast

JOB DESCRIPTION – Technical Manager


The Lyric Theatre is Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre.

Each year we produce 9 or 10 full-scale productions, 2 of which run concurrently at Christmas. We also receive visiting work from touring companies. We stage some 400 performances each year and are the largest employer of theatre practitioners in Northern Ireland. Our modern theatre opened in 2011 and consists of the 390 seat main stage and the 124 seat flexible Naughton Studio.

In recent years the theatre won 10 Irish Theatre Awards, was voted NI’s most welcoming theatre, staged co-productions with the Abbey Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Dublin Theatre Festival and toured across Ireland, New York, London and Glasgow.

There are two group companies. The parent company (Lyric Theatre NI) is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Lyric Theatre NI is the owner and operator of the theatre and is the primary recipient of grant funding.

Lyric Players Theatre Productions Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lyric Theatre NI and is responsible for producing professional theatre productions and the operation of food and beverage operations within the theatre. The successful café and bar are an important component of the business.

The combined turnover of the two companies is in excess of £2.5 million. The two companies employ in excess of 70 employees.

For more information on the Lyric Theatre visit


The Technical Manager is a key member of the theatre team. They will be responsible for the safe and efficient technical operation of all Lyric Auditoria, rehearsal spaces, workshop spaces to support the successful staging of Lyric Theatre and Visiting company productions in both auditoria and on tour including the management and development of the technical team. You will be a highly organised individual with a strong work ethic, an enthusiastic a positive team leader and the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.

The team currently includes a Head of Production and three Theatre Technicians.


This title of this post is Technical Manager.


The post is based at the administration offices at 55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, BT9 5FB. The successful applicant may also be required to tour with shows and in such cases travel expenses will be covered.


Annual Salary in the region of £27,000 – £30,000 per annum, for an exceptional candidate.


The position is permanent and full-time. The notice period is 1 month.


The appointment will commence with a probation period of nine months which may be terminated at a month’s notice by either side during the period. During this time the organisation reserve the right to dismiss the employee for unsatisfactory performance without recourse to the disciplinary procedure.


22.5 days discretionary plus bank/public holidays (currently 11 days). There may be occasions when it is required to work on a public or bank holiday for which a day in lieu will be given.


The standard working week will be 43 hours over 6 days however due to the nature of this position a significant degree of flexibility is required from the post holder to meet the demands of the theatre’s production schedule.

It is recognised that there may be circumstances where the amount of hours outside of a normal working week becomes excessive. In those circumstances time off in lieu may be granted at the discretion of the Head of Production. Evening and weekend is an inherent part of this job. Time off in lieu will be granted for any work done on a statutory holiday.


Head of Production


The post holder will have line management responsibility for the Technical Department.



  • Planning technical staff requirements and making any necessary appointments to meet the needs of the theatre programme and production schedules;
  • To oversee all get-ins/get-outs, fit-up and strikes from the theatre whether by direct supervision or by the empowerment of a suitably qualified and competent team member and ensuring that all relevant health and safety regimes are implemented.
  • To ensure the health and safety of the technical aspects of events and productions within the theatre are properly managed and documented (including contributing to the preparation of a show risk assessment).
  • Planning and supervising all aspects of technical activities including but not restricted to:

           Counterweight Flying

           Lighting / Electrics



  • Rigging, focusing, plotting, and operation etc. of lighting, sound, and AV equipment. Maintenance of all lighting, sound, rigging, masking & access equipment to an acceptable health & safety standard
  • Setting up for audio described & signed performances
  • Ensuring that all tools & technical equipment are properly stored and maintained for easy access and use by appropriate staff.
  • Being responsible for the formulation & upkeep of all sound, lighting and stage equipment records and inventories.
  • Maintenance of house lights and other public lighting;
  • Liaising with visiting companies or producers to ensure that visits to the Lyric are supported in a professional manner, including the smooth get-in, running and get-out of shows and delivering a high standard of customer service;
  • Ensuring that all venue technical specification/information sheets are accurate and up to date and all technical information for productions and events is communicated to all departments;
  • Obtaining and reviewing the risk assessment for visiting productions and ensuring that affected Lyric personnel are properly briefed
  • Authorising expenditure within agreed systems and budgets;
  • Ensuring adequate supplies of technical consumables and management of in house consumables stock.
  • Ensuring the effective running of all technical facilities including the LX store, workshop, rehearsal room, stage etc.;
  • Working in conjunction with the Head of Production to co-ordinate any planned tours or transfers by the theatre;
  • Working in conjunction with the touring Company Stage Manager, overseeing the administration and welfare of the technical team whilst on tour;
  • To identify and resource external specialists as and when required;


  • Developing skills and training programmes for the technical staff;
  • Promoting a commitment from the technical team to high levels of technical excellence, flexibility and customer service;
  • Line managing and directing the technical team, ensuring all events and shows are adequately staffed, that all team members have adequate breaks and that where possible duties are shared and rotated in order to give all staff members the opportunity to develop new skills and techniques.
  • Contributing to the day to day running of the organisation and serving its long-term interests as a member of the Lyric’s management team;
  • Supporting colleagues within the theatre to deliver customer services of the highest standard; and
  • To cover for the Head of Production when required in all aspects of the role.

Building Management

  • To undertake building maintenance and remedial repairs where possible;
  • Securing suitably qualified sub-contractors to carry out works within the theatre;
  • To act as an initial point of contact for remedial works within the theatre
  • To manage the ongoing planned preventive maintenance of the theatre including statutory tests of building systems.
  • Controlling and programming the building management system to meet the day to day needs of the business.

Health & Safety

  • Leading on responsibility for all health and safety matters related to the technical departments, including risk assessments, inspection records, maintenance logs and to ensure the department works in accordance with Lyric Theatre’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • Keeping abreast of current health and safety legislation and approved codes of practice ensuring compatibility Lyric Theatre’s Health & Safety Policy;
  • Ensuring the maintenance and safety of all working areas and implementing best practice across the department;

Commercial Activities

  • Controlling and managing agreed budgets;
  • Complying with all relevant legislation including the promotion of a health and safety culture within the technical team;
  • Assisting in the delivery of conferences and other commercial lettings of the Theatre;
  • Assisting in the setting up of the Lyric’s hire activities and subsequently managing the day to day running in conjunction with the Head of Production and Company Stage Manager.


  • To observe the strictest confidentiality at all times;
  • To comply with the theatre’s policies and practices on health and safety, and equal opportunities; and
  • To undertake other duties as may reasonably be required.

This list is for guidance only and is not exhaustive. The post holder will also be required to carry out other reasonable duties as required by the Head of Production and Executive Producer.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in theatre electrics, technical stage management or technical teams including at least 2 years’ as a Technical Manager
  • Able to multi-task, work calmly under pressure and meet tight deadlines consistently;
  • Fitness and stamina to fulfil the requirements of the post including the ability to work at height;
  • Ability to read, understand & interpret set plans and drawings;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Detailed knowledge of current theatrical technical resources, production and technical practices within theatre including sound, lighting and flying;
  • Knowledge and practical experience of the implementation of current health and safety legislation;
  • Strong organisational and logistical skills including IT and administration;


  • Experience of touring both medium scale & small scale and internationally;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Irish and Irish theatre circuit;
  • Experience with ETC EOS Family software consoles
  • Experience with QLab
  • Experience with counterweight flying systems
  • Experience with VectorWorks / AutoCad
  • First aid and health & safety qualification;
  • Holds a valid driving license;


Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

1. Strong inter-personal skills, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

2. An enthusiastic and flexible approach to work

3. The ability to plan and manage their own workload

4. A natural problem solver with the ability to multi-task

5. The ability to prioritise and plan their time effectively


To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria and desirable criteria (if applicable), together with an Equality Monitoring form by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below 


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Wednesday 30th January 2019.


Only those applicants who appear, from the information provided, to be the most suitable in terms of the selection criteria may be called for interview. It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate clearly in their CV and Cover Letter how they satisfy the published selection criteria. It is essential that applicants provide evidence of how they meet the selection criteria, giving examples and specifying exact dates as appropriate.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

Canvassing will disqualify. Late applications will not be considered.


It is proposed that interviews for this post will be held during the week commencing Monday 4th February 2019.


1. If you are successful after shortlisting, depending on whether you will be working with children and/or vulnerable adults, you will be required to undergo an ACCESS NI check.

2. If you are required to undergo an Access NI check, a copy of their Code of Practice will be made available to you.

3. You will also be required to disclose any unspent criminal convictions as defined by The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups NI Order 2007 & The Rehabilitation of Offenders (NI) Order 1978.

The Lyric theatre has a policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders which can also be made available to you.

4. Disclosure of a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining the position within the Lyric theatre. You will, however, be asked to disclose if there is any reason why you cannot work in regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults.

The Lyric Theatre is an Equal Opportunities Employer