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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is currently recruiting for a Chief Operating Officer, reporting to – CEO and Board


Chief Operating Officer

“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.

Salary: Competitive package commensurate with experience
Based: Central Manchester
Closing Date: End of September
Interviews: w/c 2nd October 2017
Final Interviews & Presentations: 10th November 2017

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 further information about this exciting opportunity please download the job description below. If you would like to apply, please send a CV and covering letter to amy.parkinson@berwickpartners.co.uk or lucy.ramsbottom@berwickpartners.co.uk

Chief Operating Officer – Manchester International Festival & The Factory


About MIF

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK. MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. MIF has commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen, Robert Wilson, Wayne McGregor, Maxine Peake, The xx, Zaha Hadid Architects, Damon Albarn, Punchdrunk, Elbow and Marina Abramović, among many others.

MIF brings together world-renowned artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – everywhere from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible. We also work widely within communities around Manchester, originally with MIF Creative and now with a new initiative called My Festival.

MIF is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

About Factory

Factory will be a new kind of large-scale multi-arts venue in the heart of Manchester. Designed by OMA and with an ambitious vision inspired by MIF, Factory will be capable of making and presenting the widest range of art forms under one roof across more than 13,500 square metres of floor space.

Factory will commission, produce and present innovative contemporary work throughout the year, serving as a genuine cultural counterweight to London. The building’s component areas, a 5,000-capacity warehouse and a versatile theatre space with a capacity of between 1,600 and 2,100, can be arranged into a variety of different configurations, creating spaces suitable for a diverse array of performances, displays and making. Factory will also offer significant opportunities for learning, training and participation, playing a leading role in developing future generations of technicians, producers and creatives.