Manchester International Festival & The Factory
Chief Operating Officer
Competitive package commensurate with experience

“One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art. Though the festival has an international outlook and reputation, it also showcases Manchester stories and talent”

Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, June 2017

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The biennial festival commissions, produces and presents world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen and Marina Abramović to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, staged in a rich tapestry of venues from theatres, galleries, railway depots, and car parks, making it one of the most radical and important arts festivals today.

MIF will take responsibility for the artistic programming and operations of The Factory, a £110m theatre and arts space. It will be a new and unique building capable of making and presenting the broadest range of art forms and cross-art form works of scale, including dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture, and innovative contemporary work incorporating multimedia and technologies. MIF are looking for a Chief Operating Officer who will be responsible for the financial management and operational delivery of the new, combined organisation.

The Role

• As a member of the Executive Leadership team, inspire, unite and drive cross-functional teams to develop an organisation capable of delivering a ground breaking arts programme in a large, innovative, cultural venue.

• Financial and business management of the Festival and the Factory, developing a robust financial plan and monitoring performance against objectives.

• Manage the operations of the Festival and the Factory, including ticketing, front of house, catering, security, procurement, HR and administration. You will be responsible for creating and delivering the operations befitting a world class arts venue and international festival.

The Candidate

• Experienced in managing the financial and operational health of a major public building or an equivalent organisation, both at a strategic and operational level

• A leader, capable of instilling confidence in those around them, from inspiring and motivating cross functional large teams at peak times, to working in a lean dynamic Executive.

• A passion for the arts and an appreciation of how to work collaboratively in a creative environment, enabling MIF to deliver an ambitious arts programme whilst mitigating unnecessary risk.

• An innovative thinker, knowledgeable of best practice and ground-breaking ideas across a wide range of sectors, and able to bring exciting business models to the company.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Amy Parkinson on amy.parkinson@berwickpartners.co.uk /0161 498 3423.

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