Vacancy: Production Manager

Location: Gloucester, with travel to Hereford and Worcester.

Hours: full time (normal working hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, some evening and weekend work required with time given in lieu). The build period for each festival begins in mid-July, and the postholder is unlikely to be able to take leave over the course of build, festival and break (c. 3 weeks total). Outside of this period, applications for job-share, flexible and part-time working would be considered for the right candidate.

Salary: £24-27k per annum

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 12 June.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 20 June – please indicate in your covering letter if you would need to arrange an alternative date.

Start date: we would ideally like the postholder to begin no later than September and attend at least one day of this year’s festival (26 July – 3 August, in Gloucester) as part of handover procedures.


The Three Choirs Festival is seeking a versatile Production Manager to deliver the logistical and technical operations of the event. Dealing primarily with the infrastructure in and around the magnificent cathedrals at the heart of the festival, you will also be involved in planning for events in a host of beautiful and striking venues. With a loyal and passionate audience, the festival atmosphere and the meeting points outside of concerts – for food, drink or simply some time-out in the sun – are as much a part of the festival’s character as the programme itself. This role would be ideally suited to someone who can think about a festival-goers experience in the round and understands how the little things go a long way to enhancing someone’s visit.

Supporting the Artistic Planning Manager and Chief Executive to deliver a programme devised each year in consultation with a local Artistic Director and a city committee, the Production Manager will work with a wide range of stakeholders while maintaining H&S best practice and high-quality production values. From liaising with contractors in the cathedrals to organising temporary structures and facilities in our festival village, carrying out risk assessment, and managing the administration of a large and dedicated team of volunteers, you will be a key part of our public-facing administration.

You will be part of a small central team which supports a 300-year-old festival with British choral music at its heart. You will be enthusiastic about what we do, and the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a background in the arts or events. You will be comfortable communicating with a range of people, from contractors with detailed and specific technical requirements, to venue custodians, volunteers and committee members. You’ll be a can-do collaborator, but you’ll also be good at taking the initiative and working autonomously.

The Production Manager will report to the Chief Executive but will also work closely with the Artistic Planning Manager to support the requirements of their role, and with the city committees who will help you to identify opportunities and contacts in the local community. You will assume oversight of operational policy and procedures and delegated day-to-day responsibility for H&S implementation. General office management and IT form a small part of the year-round role.

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How to Apply:

Please send a CV (including details of two referees) and covering letter, outlining why you would like to work with us and how you meet the person specification, no later than noon on Wednesday 12 June. Please note that the successful applicant will be required to complete a DBS check, or have their certificate verified via the DBS Update Service before assuming this role.

Please send applications or requests for further information by email FAO Alexis Paterson, Chief Executive.