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Head of technical design
at 59 Productions

59 Productions is hiring a head of technical design for lighting and AV to join its team in London.

This is a senior level role, managing a department overseen by the chief technical officer at an executive level.

Working at a high level with best-in-sector clients across a range of markets and industries, our technical design and delivery standards are pivotal in the success of our work. We are looking for someone with demonstrative experience and skills in lighting and audio-visual design, who will expertly contribute to a broad slate of work, lead the department, and coordinate expertly with sub-consultants, freelancers, and suppliers, thus ensuring maximum productivity, quality control, and agility across our portfolio. The head of department will sit across the full portfolio and frequently input at several stages of the design process, from concept through to delivery.

The successful candidate will be an excellent manager and communicator. They will provide leadership for technical design at 59 – both within the core team and collaborating with our freelance network – including but not limited to video, lighting (primary), scenic construction, rigging, and other physical technical aspects (secondary). They will ensure the department’s effectiveness, well-being, professional development and excellence within the business. They will be experienced in managing project workflows, distribution of work, team dynamics, as well as delivering to hard deadlines and undertaking quality control at the highest levels.

Personal specifications


  • specialist lighting and AV technology knowledge and experience
  • experience realising ambitious creative projects with high-level stakeholders and clients
  • experience collaborating within interdisciplinary project teams and processes including designers of live events
  • experience implementing possible approaches and new possibilities for how technical design improves and thrives
  • ability to identify technological key risks on projects and to manage and mitigate these accordingly
  • broad knowledge of preparing technical specifications of lighting and AV systems exceptional technical drafting and system schematic drawing, including knowledge in drafting in 2D and 3D, preferably within Vectorworks or a similar programme
  • experience with 3D modelling, including creating projector studies
  • able to work in high-pressure situations, to fixed deadlines
  • able to work as part of a team, and – when required – to lead
  • a strong collaborator with excellent communication skills


  • project management/process management experience in architecture or adjacent field
  • experience working in theatre, concerts, ceremonies and/or other live performance/event environment
  • experience working in museums and/or other temporary or permanent AV installation environments
  • experience drawing in Connect CAD
  • formal rigging qualification (NRC Level 2)
  • IOSH Managing Safely qualification
  • CSCS Site Manager qualification

How to apply

Please submit a comprehensive CV and a cover letter (maximum two A4 sides) or up to three minutes of audio describing your suitability for the position and how your skills and experience match the person specification, via the apply for job button below.

If you would like to arrange a chat with the chief technical officer or chief operating officer to discuss the role in more detail in advance of applying, please contact us at [email protected]. We’re very happy to facilitate this.

Applicants should provide contact details for two references. We will seek your permission before making direct contact with any referees.

All applicants must be eligible to work within the UK.

59’s recruitment approach

Like many other organisations, we are continuing to explore what diversity means to us and how this is realised. What may have been acceptable a short time ago is not sufficient for the future – we are dedicating time and resources to creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, particularly those who are often excluded or under-represented.

If you feel that you do not see yourself represented either in the cultural sector or in this particular professional area because of any part of your identity that makes you special, we would especially like to hear from you.

We acknowledge the gender imbalance within technical professions, not only in our organisation but in the sector. For these reasons, we are actively encouraging applications from people identifying as female.

Under the Equality Act 2010, a disabled person is someone who has – or has had in the past – a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out standard day-to-day activities.

As an inclusive organisation, we actively encourage applications from people who consider themselves to have a disability falling within that broad definition. We will guarantee an interview for applicants living with a disability, provided they meet the essential criteria. Where relevant, this should be indicated on your equal opportunities form which will be anonymised and attached to your redacted application.

We have made steps to remove barriers to our workplace, including ensuring a physically accessible studio. If it is helpful or reassuring to discuss your access needs ahead of applying so you can gauge if this is an accessible place for you to work, please get in touch at [email protected]

Acknowledging the resources that go into attending interviews, we are very happy to reimburse travel expenses incurred through travelling to/ from the interview with us.

Contract type: permanent, full-time
Reports to: chief technical officer
Salary: £54,000-£72,000 dependent on experience
Annual leave: 23 days plus 8 public holidays; with one additional day for each full year with the company up to 10 days
Key relationships: 59’s design department, project directors, project teams and external collaborators
Benefits include: workplace pension, season ticket loan scheme, cycle to work scheme, monthly cultural allowance of £50, weekly yoga and more; benefits can be discussed further at any point in the application process
Location: London
Key dates: application deadline: midday, Wednesday 15 May; interview round 1: Friday 24 May/round 2: Tuesday 28 May

Interviews will be in person at our London studio, please let us know if you’re unable to join in-person, in your application. The interview panel will include 59’s chief technical officer and chief operating officer and they will be joined by colleagues from both the design and producing teams across the two rounds of interview.

Recruitment information webinar: Wednesday 8 May 2024 – 12.30pm. Join us to hear more about the company’s portfolio of projects and insights about the role itself across our ambitious projects, with the opportunity to post questions to the panel. All attendees will be anonymous, therefore all questions posted will be anonymous.

Salary: £70,000 - £75,000
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