Head of Production Job Description and Person Specification

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Purpose of role:

  • To lead on all technical elements of all productions and manage freelance production staff and their duties
  • To be responsible for all physical aspects of all productions at The Dance Space, this could include national and international touring, national and international co-productions, in house and visiting productions in the Creation Space and other studio spaces, the outdoor Events Square and other locations across Brighton and the South East as required.
  • To be responsible for budget management of the production budget and theatre and equipment maintenance


Main Duties and Responsibilities 


Production Management

  • To be responsible for the planning and realisation of productions, including coordinating and scheduling all technical aspects of the productions;
  • To liaise with visiting artists and companies to The Dance Space, advising on and supporting their engagement;
  • To support resident artists to realise the production elements of their works in progress, ready for performance including lighting and sound, and support artists to develop technical riders for their productions
  • To liaise with and support freelance choreographers, Lighting and Sound Designers engaged for incoming and resident artists productions and to advise accordingly, in consultation with the Artistic Director, Senior Producer and Programme Producer;
  • To plan and produce production schedules, in consultation with the artistic team and to manage the efficient running of any production weeks from get in, fit-up through to the performance runs;
  • To agree, manage and strictly control production budgets and other specified areas of expenditure, abiding by the company’s financial systems;
  • To consult with the Artistic Director, Executive Director or Senior Producer as appropriate on any additional items of expenditure and on day to day matters, budget reconciliation and analysis;
  • To organise and lead regular production meetings to support the productions at The Dance Space;
  • To engage and manage freelance production personnel as required;
  • To manage freelance production staff by scheduling and overseeing their workload, ensuring protocols are complied with and relevant forms are completed, and that the production team provide an effective and efficient service to the organisation at all times;
  • To ensure that appropriate production and technical support is provided for internal and external events;
  • Ensuring all operational compliance with the Construction Design and Management regulations.


Health and Safety

  • To ensure that Risk Assessments are regularly carried out for every production and that all necessary alterations and mitigations are implemented;
  • To work within company policy and agreed industry terms: abiding by, supporting, implementing and developing South East Dance’s Health and Safety Policy, and, with the Building Manager, ensuring that all members of the company are trained in and comply with emergency and safety procedures;
  • To ensure that no design obstructs permanent fire exits or passageways, that the company maintains the studio spaces and accompanying areas in a presentable and safe state, that fire exits are kept clear, any repairs are acted upon and reported.


Building and Equipment Maintenance

  • To work with the Building Manager on developing the organisation’s equipment and maintenance infrastructure;
  • To suggest upgrades and new equipment with costings where appropriate;
  • To manage maintenance issues, ensuring the good repair of the spaces and backstage spaces and contribute to any upgrade works, as required;
  • To support the general maintenance of the building;
  • To ensure that all The Dance Space equipment is kept in good repair and to lead on any replacements;
  • To be responsible for hiring out equipment as appropriate in order to generate income.



  • To establish and maintain useful and appropriate communication protocols;
  • Actively develop and implement green policies and practices for the production department;
  • Adhere to, and actively contribute to all South East Dance policies, including Equalities (diversity, access and equal opportunities), Environmental and Health & Safety;
  • To maximise income and minimise expenditure wherever possible, without jeopardising the quality of the work or the reputation of South East Dance;
  • To act always in the best interest of South East Dance;
  • Any other duties as reasonably required.



Person Specification:


  • At least five years Production or Technical Management Experience
  • An affinity for the mission, vision and work of South East Dance and a passion to help achieve the organisation’s success
  • Experience in working with in a busy arts environment
  • Excellent numerical skills and proven skills of managing budgets
  • Experience of working with and managing freelance creative staff, production staff and stage managers
  • Knowledge of set construction and technical equipment
  • Knowledge of production related health and safety
  • Excellent time management and scheduling
  • Proven excellent organisational skills
  • Calm under pressure and able to multitask
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience of theatre and building maintenance
  • Proven excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills with people at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of environmentally sustainable working practices
  • Proven IT skills
  • A recent enhanced Child and Adult Workforce Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate or willingness to be DBS checked if appointed.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Anti-Racist and inclusive practice





  • Knowledge of Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults
  • First Aid qualification



Terms and Conditions

Salary:                         £32,000 to £35,000 p.a. pro rata depending on experience


Pension:                      Employer’s contribution of 3% after three months of employment


Period of contract:     Permanent


Hours:                         22 hours per week, which could be annualised which includes regular evening and weekend work.  (No overtime is payable but time                                          off in lieu may be taken)


Annual leave:             22 days per year plus statutory holidays.  After two years’ employment an additional day per year will be added until a maximum of 25                                      days is reached.


Probation period:       Six months


Notice period:            Six months


Benefits:                    A friendly and welcoming working environment

                                    Employee Assistance Programme

                                    Bicycle loan scheme

                                    Free and reduced-rate tickets to arts and cultural events when available





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