Operations 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 generally begins in mid-July, and the postholder is unlikely to be able to take leave during this period.

Salary: £24-27k per annum

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 8 November 2017; interviews will take place within a fortnight of the closing date.

The Three Choirs Festival is seeking a versatile Operations Manager to oversee 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 has a strong sense of community 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 plans of the Artistic Director and the Festival Committees, the Operations Manager will be responsible for safe and efficient planning of all technical aspects of the festival, from liaising with contractors in the cathedrals to organising temporary structures and facilities, carrying out risk assessment, and managing the administration of a large and dedicated team of volunteers.

You will be part of a small central team which supports a 300-year-old organisation 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 non-operational staff. You’ll be a can-do collaborator, but you’ll also be good at taking the initiative and working autonomously.

The Operations Manager will report to the Chief Executive, but will also liaise closely with local city committees and particularly the voluntary ‘Operation Liaison’ who will work with you to identify opportunities and contacts in the local community. You will assume oversight of operational policy and procedures, and regularly review those relating to Health and Safety, Volunteer Management and Safeguarding.

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Traineeships and Work Experience

We're a busy office where a passion for classical music and the ability to articulate it are the hallmarks of our team. If you think you'd enjoy spending time with us and learning about what goes on behind the scenes of a busy festival, we'd be happy to hear from you.

While we don't have a pre-defined role on offer each year, we welcome enquiries about work experience or short term placements, and in the past have offered placements on a part time basis to those looking to build their arts experience alongside an existing job, or provided an internship for those looking to fulfil the requirements of a university course, as well as other ad hoc, shorter term roles. 

These are voluntary, with local travel expenses and a lunch allowance available. If you're looking for information about getting involved during the festival itself, then please visit the VOLUNTEER page for more information.

To apply or find out more, please email