DESIblitz Job: Senior Producer x2, Festival UK* 2022
Festival UK* 2022 has commissioned 10 highly ambitious and ground-breaking creative projects, which will take place next year throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Designed to bring people together and showcase UK creativity, the Festival programme will include public events, digital activity, and participation and learning opportunities aimed at reaching millions of people globally.
The 10 Festival commission teams feature exciting new collaborations between creatives drawn from across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and from throughout the UK. Following a unique, funded R&D programme, they are now turning their extraordinary ideas into reality.
Led by Chief Creative Officer, Martin Green CBE, Festival 2022 Ltd, was established in Birmingham to curate, manage and promote the Festival, working with strategic delivery bodies for each of the Four Nations to devise and deliver the programme.
As well as unforgettable experiences, the Festival places creativity at the centre of our lives and shared futures. It comes as sectors have been impacted by the global pandemic and is already creating new opportunities for freelancers, emerging talent and under-represented voices, with more to come as each commission is developed.
The Senior Producers (x2) will work on the development and delivery phase of Festival UK* 2022; overseeing the process of delivering new commissions across the UK as part of a nationwide Festival of creativity and innovation.
In this role you will produce, and project manage a highly collaborative programme of cross-sector, cross-nation, multi-stakeholder commissioning activity. Through this process you will work with creative minds from across STEAM sectors to deliver an open, original, and optimistic Festival for 2022. As a highly organised and motivated individual you will take responsibility for the senior operational management of a programme of assigned project activity.
The successful candidates will work collaboratively with creative organisations and practitioners; as well as with a team of producers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The post-holders will be skilled at building relationships, with speed and credibility, with people at all levels.
These roles would suit someone with demonstrable major events project management skills, including strong financial and budgeting experience, and a thorough understanding of commissioning and production scope/timeline management across major outdoor events at scale.
This role holder will also be responsible for overseeing a varied portfolio of Accessibility targets across the ten commissioned projects in four Nations, and a demonstrable understanding of requirements and processes at scale is desired.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Support the operational delivery of the Creative Programme for Festival UK* 2022; supporting the Programme team to bring together organisations and individuals from across Festival sectors (arts, culture, design, science, engineering, maths, heritage and technology) in the form of ten major commissions.
Working closely with the Head of Commissioning to manage the ongoing development of large-scale public installations.
Alongside a team of Senior Producers, providing day-to-day analysis and feedback to the Programme Director and Head of Commissioning to keep the project on track and in line with stakeholder and Festival goals.
Manage a team of Festival Producers to undertake assigned project activity, supporting the financial, logistical and operational management of the commissioning process.
Work as part of the wider creative programming team to deliver a complex multi strand programme of commissions across multiple interdisciplinary artforms, on and offline.
Work across the four nations of the UK on the development and delivery of activity.
Review project plans develop, monitoring and report against milestones and project timelines.
Manage and champion representation, accessibility and inclusion across the Producing Process including setting frameworks for accountability and monitoring.
Working as part of the wider team, shape the overall vision and direction of Festival UK* 2022 as a nationwide celebration of creativity and innovation that will reach millions.
Festival UK* 2022 is driven by three core values: we are Open, Optimistic and Original. The ability to interpret and articulate these values will be important to the role.
Knowledge and Experience
Relevant demonstrable professional success in producing public events at scale.
Knowledge of high-profile creative commissioning processes.
Understanding of multi-partner and stakeholder collaboration and delivery.
Demonstrable team management experience.
Working knowledge of multiple parts of production, delivery and locations management across multiple sites and platforms.
Experience of managing multiple senior stakeholder relationships.
Experience working on a government funded project at scale.
Skills and Abilities
Exceptional planning and project management skills. Highly organised, self-motivated, and self-administering.
Previous experience in a similar project management role and/or experience within live events, cultural sector or creative industries.
Ability to build relationships, with speed and credibility, with people at all levels (internal or external).
Able to juggle competing priorities, deadlines, and manage complexity.
Resilient with an effective approach to resolving challenges and identifying solutions.
Able to build networks, alliances, and relationships in a short period of time.
Comfort with Project Management Software packages.
Professional presentation and report writing ability.
This position will be employed by Festival 2022 Ltd.
We will consider a secondment from an existing organisation or public body for this role.
For more details, download the Job Description.
Festival UK* 2022 is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of the UK. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and welcome applications from individuals with skills and lived experience to help us ensure the Festival is representative of the communities it will engage and celebrate.
The principles “FREDIE” (Fairness – Respect – Equality – Diversity – Inclusion and Engagement) support our aim of delivering an inclusive Festival
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