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Job Opportunity: Technical Manager

We’re recruiting a Technical Manager, an exciting new role at SSW, vital in leading the organisation to achieve our vision and new leadership direction.

Job Title: Technical Manager
Salary: £32,000 – £37,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience, valid certifications and training
Contract: 0.8 (4 days/ 30 hours per week) permanent may include working weekends and evenings as required
Line Manage: Technical Team made up of Ceramics Technician, Visiting Technicians/ Specialists, Cleaner
Place of work: SSW, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is a requirement to be onsite to undertake this role.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 12 March, 12 midday
Interviews: Tuesday 26 March
Commencement of role: June 2024 is preferred

Job Overview

The Technical Manager is a new role, with a supportive pathway towards becoming a Technical Director, to complete our restructured, multi-voiced leadership team for SSW. The role is vital in supporting the organisation to achieve its vision underpinned by our organisational values.

The Technical Manager has responsibility for workshop pedagogy, health and safety, developing and maintaining SSWs site and equipment as well as ensuring that environmental sustainability is prioritised throughout all aspects of the organisation. They will also lead on metal, wood and casting inductions for artists and makers. As such the Technical Manager must have an understanding of practical making in these materials and associated processes. They should be a keen and proven collaborator and enjoy working with and supporting a team as well as committing to and ensuring that an accessible and inclusive culture thrives within all our workshop spaces.

The role also supports in identifying technical needs for our capital development programme which focuses on the redevelopment of our metal, wood and casting facilities alongside advising on the implementation of more sustainable materials within our future facilities.

At SSW we recognise the historic and ongoing omission of diversity within technical fields across Scotland and our role within this. This Technical Manager role is a position with progression towards Technical Director following a 12 month probation period with appropriate training, certification, mentorship and support as required to grow into this role. We understand that technical positions have also historically lacked opportunity for organisational leadership experience, often resulting in siloed working models. We want to shift this and ensure technical expertise is centralised within our organisation whilst also valuing wider skills, capacities and lived experiences for this role.

Please refer to the job pack for full information and applicant criteria, at the links below.

How to apply & recruitment process

Please apply using this online form and by telling us, either in writing of no more than two pages or in a video of up to 5-minutes in length:

  • Why you would like to become the Technical Manager at SSW and how you would practically lead our technical operations at SSW to support us in achieving our vision?
  • Outline details of your experience and proven track record including how you meet the points outlined in the job description and person specification.
  • Share your experience of or passion for expanding opportunity and access to craft and sculptural learning
  • Earliest available start date
  • The names of two referees (only contacted after seeking permission)

Please also include your CV (maximum 2 pages) and complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (this is for monitoring purposes only and will be detached from your application).

Please note that the online form does not save automatically so please work on a separate document and upload once you have completed this.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel who have a diverse range of lived experience made up of SSW’s co-directors and an SSW Board member. We will then contact shortlisted applicants to join us for an interview and a site visit.

Applicants notified of the outcome w/c 18 March
Interviews will be held on 26 March

If you would find it more accessible to complete any part of this application in a different format, please email arts@ssw.org.uk.

Job pack & links

Download the Job Pack: PDF | word document | large print | audio will be available soon
Online application form

Non-discrimination at SSW

At SSW we recognise the historic and ongoing omission of diversity within both the arts and technical fields across Scotland and our role within this. We believe this lack of diversity has led to narrower visions for what sculpture can be and who is able to make and enjoy it. We are committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We welcome applications from all backgrounds including, but not limited to, those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on any protected characteristic including age, race, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long-term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and socio-economic background or class identity.

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