PD004 - Assistant Project Manager

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Posted: 12/05/2022 12:02
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £24,000 per annum, FTE
Location: TR2, Neptune Park, Cattedown
Level: Managerial
Deadline: 13/06/2022 23:59
Hours: Annualised hours, equivalent to 24 hours per week
Benefits: 28 days holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays), Company Pension Scheme and great ticket offers.

Assistant Project Manager

Theatre Royal Plymouth is a registered charity, inspiring a lifetime of creativity for audiences, artists and participants throughout Plymouth and the wider region. As the principal home of performing arts in the Southwest, we engage and inspire many communities, creating memorable experiences for people from all backgrounds. TRP do this by creating and presenting a breadth of shows on a range of scales, with their extensive creative engagement programmes, by embracing the vitality of new talent and supporting emerging and established artists, and by collaborating with a range of partners to provide dynamic cultural leadership for the city of Plymouth.

The successful applicant would be based at TR2 Production and Learning Centre which is the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s purpose-built workshop facility based in Cattedown, Plymouth. Since opening in 2003, TR2 has provided state of the art workshop facilities for the creation of scenery, props, and costumes for a global theatre industry. TR2’s extensive engineering, timber fabrication and assembly facilities can support the simultaneous construction of two full-scale productions.

The Technical Design Office is at the centre of our construction activity, taking design concepts through to technical solutions.

The Assistant Project Manager sits in a small team that forms the Project Development Department. The role is project based and involves supporting the day-to-day project delivery and facilitating the delivery of a diverse range of theatre-based construction projects. 



Inclusion and Diversity

We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion at TRP with a workforce, participants and audiences that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.


The collective power of each team member’s life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent creates the very best environment for us to achieve our ambitions and lead the sector.  


In recruiting for our team, we recognise the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.



How to Apply

Closing date for applications: Monday 13 June 2022 at midnight

Interview Date: Week Commencing Monday 20 June 2022

We’re here to talk! We’re available to speak to you before you make your application so, if you’re not quite sure if your skills match the role, want to talk about how flexible working could support you, or just check any of the details in this document, please do email us on recruitment@theatreroyal.com with subject line ‘Assistant Project Manager’ to arrange a chat.

To see a copy of the job description for this role please click the link - Assistant Project Manager JD



The Role

The post holder will be an integral member of the team whose work will help us in our day-to-day project delivery. This in turn will allow us to engage effectively with our clients and their creative teams and ensure we retain, and grow, our reputation throughout the creative industries. The role will be based at TR2 and is responsible for helping us deliver elements of all our Design and Construction Projects and will occasionally mean attending meetings away from Plymouth.

Experience of making and installing three-dimensional work for the creative industries and a demonstrable understanding of materials and equipment used in the entertainment industry is desirable. We would like the applicant to demonstrate a creative and inquisitive approach to their work and problem solving.

This is a development role and will include a 3-year personal development plan.

  • Work closely with your line manager to understand, actively contribute to and achieve the department’s goals.


  • Support and assist the Head of Project Development to plan and cost the design of construction, painting and finishing for all projects that we are involved with here at TR2.


  • Contribute to conversations to help adopt appropriate construction methods and build methodology.


  • Effectively communicate project-related information from the Head of Project Development to the wider team and when appropriate to our clients and their creative teams.


  • Assist in bringing together information for our reviews of operating costs against the original design brief that we undertake to achieve efficiencies and maximise profits for all our projects.


  • Assist work with clients, designers, subcontractors and freelancers as directed by the Head of Project Development.


  • Work closely with workshop staff to facilitate the successful delivery of scenery.


  • Disseminate information and celebrate our achievements of all that we do through a broad range of channels to a wide array of people as and when appropriate.


  • Report back all project relevant and related information to your project line manager


  • Take responsibility for health and safety regulations. ensuring compliance when necessary.



The Person

Our Values are at the heart of everything we say and do, and our people demonstrate these values in every aspect of their work.  To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience, and behaviour in line with these values.


Taking pride in achieving excellence.  We take responsibility for and pride in what we do, recognising each other’s good work.  We set consistently high expectations and ensure that everyone has the skills to achieve excellence.  


Valuing each other in the way we work, communicate, and spend time together:  We communicate regularly with each other, listening and understanding people’s needs.  We value and respect the relationships we have with colleagues and partners and we celebrate shared successes. 

  • Able to effectively manage your own time and work to project deadlines.
  • A basic understanding of mechanical engineering automation and control systems
  • A basic understanding and knowledge of a broad number of construction materials.
  • A good working understanding of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • A background in scenic construction or prop making would be desirable but not essential.
  • Basic skills in Photoshop and various CAD software could be beneficial.
  • Strong visual communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with a range of internal and external contacts.
  • Able to work collaboratively within a design team and have the ability to work under your own initiative.
  • The ability to effectively communicate design concepts to others.
  • The ability to communicate technical construction information clearly to members of the construction team and external sub-contractors through various forms of information.


Being imaginative in everything we do:  We use our knowledge, experience, and judgement to explore doing things differently.  We aim to empower everyone in the organisation to adopt a flexible, open-minded, and imaginative approach.


Embracing the diversity among our people and community:  We embrace and value difference and individuality treating everyone as equally important.  Together we are stronger and more effective.

  • To embrace challenges that requires creative and innovative problem solving.
  • To creatively articulate your design rationale
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, handling multiple projects to differing deadlines.
  • Develop your skills through a continuing process of critical analysis.
  • Demonstrable experience of building successful relationships with a wide variety of colleagues from senior staff to freelancers and with external stakeholders.
  • Substantial and demonstrable experience of communicating visually to a range of audiences.
  • Experience of working closely within the creative arts locally, regionally, or nationally.
  • A professional attitude with ability to be adapt your communication style.





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