Head of Sound

Application deadline Wednesday 27 November, 12noon.

About London Theatre Company

London Theatre Company is a new theatre producing company founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, with an emphasis on the production of new work. It is a commercial venture, backed by a small group of senior venture capital investors. Our intention is to create a culture, ethos and economic model that supports writers, directors, designers and actors to work at scale in a space that is complementary to those of the subsidised theatre and West End.

About the Bridge Theatre

The Bridge is London Theatre Company’s first new theatre, and the first wholly new commercial theatre of scale to be built in London for 80 years. It has a stunning riverside location on the south bank of the Thames, right by Tower Bridge and five minutes’ walk from the transport hub of London Bridge station. It is designed by Haworth Tompkins, winners of the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It has 900+ seats and can be configured in end-stage, thrust and promenade formats. The Bridge opened for the first time in October 2017, and since then has produced a variety of plays, including A German Life, a one-woman show with Maggie Smith, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an immersive re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic. My Name is Lucy Barton, performed by Laura Linney, will open on Broadway in January 2020.

About the Role

The Head of Sound will join the core technical team at the Bridge. The role will encompass managing all aspects of the Bridge Theatre’s sound and communication systems, sound staff for incoming productions, the building infrastructure, and taking a leading role as required in the day to day operational management of the technical department and theatre alongside the other HODs and the Head of Technical Operations.

The candidate will join a small team of full-time staff, working collaboratively with all members of the team in achieving the smooth delivery of productions and projects at the Bridge Theatre.

The Head of Sound is the only full-time member of staff for the Sound Department, all other staff are contracted as required. The sound systems used for shows are hired in project by project. This allows us to offer incoming designers and productions a blank slate to design what they feel best for their show. This approach has been key to the ongoing success of the department, and underpins LTC’s approach to show-making. A large part of the role is managing all these stakeholders and relationships, and building a strong team for each production to realise the designer’s aspirations.

The role requires a thorough knowledge of the entire theatrical production process, a strong practical knowledge of current and emerging sound technologies, managing long term relationships with hire stores, and the hiring and retention of key production freelance staff.

Responsible to: Head of Technical Operations and Director of Productions
Responsible for: Freelance Production Sound Engineers, Contracted Sound Number 1 and 2 Staff as required for productions and any other freelance sound staff for events or maintenance.
Salary: £40,000 – £42,000 per annum dependent on experience
Probationary Period: 4 Months
Notice Period: 3 weeks during probation, 2 months thereafter
Terms: Flexible working based around but not limited to a 44-hour average working week over 6 days to reflect production periods and performance schedules. TOIL system for any overtime accrued.
Holiday: 34 days (including bank holidays)

Production and Operational Responsibilities

  • Offer first class support to incoming Sound Designers across all aspects of the design, production engineering, tech, and preview processes to help realise their design aspirations within budget.
  • Offer support, advice, and creative solutions through the production process on behalf of LTC to the incoming productions, helping achieve the realisation of productions within the set parameters.
  • Work with the sound designer and hire stores to create equipment lists and relevant tender
  • To support and assist other departments and teams at the Bridge as required to ensure the smooth operational running of the venue.
  • To ensure the high-quality installation and operation of all sound and communication systems for productions.
  • To take on duty technical management role for performances, as required by The Bridge Theatre.
  • Manage the building’s communication systems. This includes the Back of House and Front of House radios, paging, and show relay systems. Be proactive in maintaining and fault finding these systems and suggesting upgrades as the needs of the building change and systems reach their end of life.
  • Take a lead in supporting and maintaining the building’s assisted listening systems with Front of House.
  • Assist with any on site IT issues alongside our IT consultants, offering front line support and input into any changes of the building’s IT infrastructure and systems.
  • Manage all budgets related to the Sound Department; including but not restricted to production budgets, staffing, events, and capital expenditure.
  • Be an active and engaged member of the technical team, and the Bridge Theatre.
  • To be actively engaged and take a leading role in maintaining a high level of Health and Safety in accordance with CDM regulations and any policies set by the Bridge Theatre.
  • As required, advise incoming events on how to integrate into each production’s sound systems and assist in the facilitation and managing of the staff required to realise an Event’s requirements.

Scheduling and Staffing

  • To manage and schedule all staff (freelance and contract) working for the Sound Department.
  • To ensure a high standard of work from staff to allow LTC to produce first class theatrical
    productions in relation to sound.
  • To keep an active role within the theatrical sound community to allow the department to be engaged with, and known to, emerging and well-established potential employees and other industry figures.
  • To undertake line management responsibilities for all Sound Department staff and technical swings.
  • To be available on rota to cover duties as required.

Essential Skills

  • Advanced, demonstrable, and current knowledge of all aspects of modern theatrical practices in relation to sound.
  • Good knowledge of the various roles within a professional sound department, and the structure of staffing through the entire production process.
  • Experience hiring and managing staff, and following recruitment policies.
  • Experience of hiring sound systems through a hire store. Both in terms of the understanding of current hire costs, and in agreeing suitable equipment lists which satisfy all the stakeholders.
  • Experience using AutoCAD or similar design software to produce production documentation.
  • Experience using software related to managing and designing the components of large-scale sound systems.
  • Experience of working in a producing house theatre, and the process of realising designs within the context of this model of theatre.
  • Prior demonstrable experience in either a similar role, as a Production Sound Engineer, Designer, or similar professional experience.
  • Leadership skills and the ability to manage large teams of staff in a busy theatre environment.
  • Highly organised, approachable and friendly, with a firm understanding and enthusiasm for the entire production process.
  • The ability to work well under pressure in a collaborative environment.
  • Computer literate, with the ability to learn and use the various types of software packages used to manage the financial and HR procedures within LTC.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices. Good working knowledge of Working at Height Regulations, LOLER, PUWER, CDM and general safe working practice in a theatrical environment.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively to improve venue operations and ensure efficiency across all departments.

Desirable Skills

  • Health and Safety Qualification and experience writing risk assessments
  •  IPAF License
  • Knowledge of/prior experience with Building Facilities.
  • Good/Advanced working knowledge of IT systems, both in relation to a building and within the context of a theatrical production.

We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity. We encourage applicants from different backgrounds and different experiences.

To apply please email recruitment@bridgetheatre.co.uk with your CV and cover letter in one document by Wednesday 27 November, 12noon.