Head of Orchestra Management, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The Head of Orchestral Management is a key member of the Senior Management Team of the BBC SSO, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBC SSO players and orchestral support team. He or she will manage the personnel systems of the Orchestra and lead the orchestral support team in the running of rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions in the UK and overseas.
The Head of Orchestral Management will have a full understanding of the professional standards required for creating first class performance and broadcasting output and will possess endless enthusiasm in a pressured but exciting department.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone to impact on an iconic Scottish, cultural institution. Perfect for someone who displays strong organisation skills, passion and has the ability to thrive under pressure.
Senior Management Team: to attend and play a full part in weekly SMT meetings.
Orchestra Management: To coordinate the day-to-day running of the Orchestra and to maintain good working relations with the members of the orchestra at all times
Player line management: to be the immediate line manager of the orchestra members, undertaking all personnel matters in consultation with the BBC HR including leave, disciplinary procedures, health and safety issues, welfare concerns and matters of individual dispute.
Player bookings: to oversee the booking of extra and deputy players (in conjunction with the Assistant Orchestra Manager).
Scheduling: to oversee the production of orchestra schedules using OPAS (with the Planning and Events Co-ordinator).
Player committees: to attend and work proactively with the Player Committee and other orchestral player groups.
Player Recruitment: to oversee appointments to the Orchestra including advertising vacant positions, co-ordinating auditions and trials, and finalising contractual terms between the parties involved, working within the budget agreed with the Director and HR.
Orchestral Support Team: to manage the orchestral support team (Assistant Orchestra Manager, Stage Manager, Orchestra and Events Co-ordinator, Planning and Events Co-ordinator, Music Librarian).
Hosting artists: with the team, to oversee the care and hospitality of staff and guest conductors and soloists, ensuring that individuals are looked after at all times and that the best possible service is provided by the staff of the Orchestra in meeting individual requirements.
Operations Team: to chair the weekly cross-departmental operational meeting.
BBC / MU Regulations: to ensure adherence to the orchestra's contracts of employment and the rules governing the employment of orchestral musicians as agreed between the BBC and the Musicians' Union, and with the Director to liaise with the Musicians' Union and the orchestra's Union Steward on all appropriate matters.
Budget Management: to prepare orchestral budgets for tours and events with the Director and to monitor costs against budget, providing updates and reports as necessary.
Logistics: to manage and oversee out-of-town events and touring logistics in Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Concerts and events: to attend concerts, learning events, rehearsals, recordings, broadcasts and tours as required and be available to duty manage out of hours on a rota basis with the operations team.
Health and Safely: to attend BBC Scotland Health and Safety Forums (quarterly) and to be aware of BBC and other legislation regarding H&S and ensure the provision of appropriate facilities including lighting, heating, air conditioning, staging and furniture and input to Risk Assessments with particular reference to issues appertaining to Noise in the Workplace.
Wider BBC: to liaise with other colleagues within the BBC in Scotland and elsewhere and to be a source of information on the workings of the orchestra.
Other duties: to undertake any other reasonable and appropriate duties as a representative of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as may be required on occasion by the Director.
The Ideal Candidate
Managing Relationships and team working: is able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people including all players and management team, wider BBC colleagues, conductors and artists. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
Resilience: can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set-backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
Confidentiality: is able to handle confidential information with tact and sensitivity, and the ability to apply discretion and diplomacy.
Planning and Organising: is able to think ahead in order to establish effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines and resource requirements.
Decision Making: is ready and able to take initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequence of decisions.
Understanding Diversity: understands and appreciates the uniqueness of self and others. Demonstrates and is committed to improving and understanding diversity. Able to articulate how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
Imagination and Creative Thinking: is able to transform creative ideas / impulses into practical reality; can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
Flexibility: is able to adapt and work effectively with a variety of situations, individuals and groups, is able to understand and appreciate different / opposing perspectives on an issue.
Job Title: Head Of Orchestra Management, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Grade: 8D / CPF Proposed grade D
Contract: Continuing contract
Location: Glasgow, City Halls
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest orchestras in the UK. Based in Glasgow, it is part of the BBC's family of orchestras, broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3, and performs live around Scotland, the UK, at the BBC Proms each year and tours internationally. The orchestra's Chief Conductor is Thomas Dausgaard, and the orchestra has a strong reputation for exceptional playing, commitment to contemporary music and a willingness to experiment.
The BBC SSO is seeking an accomplished and experienced Head of Orchestra Management to join the team of this exceptional orchestra in the vibrant and busy BBC music environment.
Be unique. Be authentic. However you prefer to say it, we really mean it. We're the BBC, where creativity is loud. In vivid colour, from every background. Our culture embraces diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs.
The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC. We want you to see possibilities like never before and we encourage you to Be Open. We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy. Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.
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