Scenic Workshop Manager


The Scenic Workshops Manager role will work closely with internal and external clients to deliver a range of projects. The role is heavily customer facing, proactively seeking opportunities for business development. You will see projects through from initial quotation to final delivery. You will lead teams on site delivering projects to a high standard and manage the day-to day operations of the Scenic Workshop facility. This will include being responsible for all aspects of Health and Safety at the facility, during construction and the on-site phases of work.

More Details

The ideal candidate will have a background in scenic construction for live events or similar construction/fabrication experience.  You must be able to interpret briefs to turn them into accurate quotations, considering material and labour requirements, and advise clients on sustainable approaches.  You should be able to produce detailed construction drawings to communicate your vision to the workshop team and stakeholders. You will be enthusiastic and comfortable producing quotes, presenting to clients, handling budgets and logistics, and growing business opportunities.


Alongside our manufacturing business we intend to develop and run training opportunities to help address the local and national skills shortages in the making and fabrication of scenic items.


Due to the nature of the industry working hours will be flexible and will include evening and weekend work.


Key Responsibilities


Developing business opportunities

  • Work with the Head of Production and Executive Director to develop and implement a business plan to expand commercial opportunities for the Scenic Workshops business
  • Promote Northern Stage’s Scenic Workshop as a resource available to the local and regional events sector, building and maintaining relationships with new clients
  • Ensure that projects are costed accurately and delivered cost effectively to maximise income potential


Managing scenic builds

  • Project manage internal and external builds from end to end, ensuring design & build processes are serviced safely, sustainably, and effectively through timely planning, budgeting, and by providing responses to questions & enquiries
  • Manage the scheduling of build slots to maximise use of the facility and balance in house external projects
  • Ensure that scenic delivery on all productions and events is realised with sustainability and safety at the heart of planning, to the highest possible standards and within agreed budgets
  • Work closely with the creative team, production managers, and other departments to realise the scenic ambition of productions and events, providing creative solutions to designs



  • Manage processes for the implementation of the Theatre Green Book in all aspects of the making process
  • Develop and implement processes for recycling or reusing scenic components, breaking down old scenery into usable parts to reduce waste and improve sustainability
  • Ensure the inventory of reusable items is kept updated and communicated effectively to designers and production managers


Staff and resource management

  • Manage the Scenic Workshop facility, ensuring that all tools, materials, and equipment are fit for purpose, well maintained, and kept in a safe condition
  • Manage workshop casual and freelance construction staff and scenic installation staff, providing training and induction as required
  • Assist the Head of Production to develop & deliver scenic training, and supervise trainees or work placement staff
  • Source, order, and manage stock of scenic production materials, and maintain relationships with suppliers


Health & Safety

  • Act in accordance with Northern Stage’s Health and Safety Policies at all times and be a role model for good practice in both your own work and the work of others, ensuring the highest standards are maintained
  • Ensure that safe working practices are always followed and ensure that any person using machinery and equipment has been properly trained and proper records of training are maintained
  • Ensure that risk assessments are carried out for workshops and builds, and that effective control measures are in place to manage risk


Finance and administration

  • Ensure correct procurement procedures are followed, with a priority for purchasing sustainable materials and using the most environmentally conscious delivery methods
  • Assist the Head of Production and Production Managers in the management of scenic construction budgets, working within agreed financial policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all facilities and equipment are maintained in good working order and that asset registers are kept up to date


Person Spec




  • Project managing and delivering fabrication or construction projects from budgeting to completion
  • Management of machinery maintenance and general repair of workshop equipment
  • Managing woodworking and/or welding operations
  • Managing staff and crew



  • Read, interpret and create complex CAD drawings, ideally with experience using AutoCAD, Sketchup or Vectorworks drawing packages
  • Accurately create and deliver to budgets on construction projects
  • Meet deadlines and multitask with minimal supervision
  • Thrive on action and remain calm under pressure
  • Creative approach in responding to designs
  • Resourceful and able to use initiative to problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Strong all-round communicator, with good literacy, numeracy & IT skills
  • Excellent team player




  • Leading or managing a scenic construction workshop or similar fabrication facility
  • Knowledge and experience of contemporary theatre practice and working effectively within the theatre production process
  • Knowledge and experience of scenic construction materials and techniques, including timber, metal, and plastics construction processes
  • Experience of flying, rigging and dismantling scenery, drapes, tracking and other scenic elements
  • Evidenced track record as a professional lead scenic/theatre carpenter
  • Knowledge and experience of scenic art and prop making materials and techniques
  • Experience of managing and delivering training
  • A full driving license



Northern Stage

Location Type

Specific location

Salary Type


Salary (Exact)

£35,000 per annum

Closing Date


Contract Type

Permanent, Full Time

Job Type

Backstage & Technical

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