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Job Title:                   Senior Lighting Technician – Grade 3B (Programmer Bias) (6 Month FTC)

Responsible To:      Lighting Operations Manager

Responsible For:     Lighting Technicians

Contract Type:          6 Month Fixed Term Contract (Sabbatical Cover)

Hours:                         48 hours per week, on average, although additional hours may be necessary in order to fulfil the post’s requirements

Salary:                          £47,896.19 per annum paid monthly on the 22nd of each month

Location:                     National Theatre, Southbank, London, SE1 9PX

The National Theatre
The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible.

We stage up to 30 productions at our South Bank home each year, ranging from re-imagined classics – such as Greek tragedy and Shakespeare – to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The work we make strives to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible. We want to inspire artists and audiences to think in new ways, to constantly re-imagine the act of making theatre. Much of that new work is researched and developed at the NT Studio: we are committed to nurturing innovative work from new writers, directors, creative artists and performers.

Department Background

The Technical Department ethos is based on working co-operatively, respecting colleagues and maintaining high standards of professional behaviour at all times.  The Lighting Department aims to sustain a harmonious working environment by adhering to these fundamental values, creating a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere, not only for individual members but for their colleagues, the organisation and visiting creative teams.

The Lighting Department’s vision is to enable each Lighting Designer to experience the same standard of technical excellence and support in the realisation of their design, regardless of which theatre their production is being staged in.

  • The Head of Lighting is supported by 3 Lighting Managers and the Lighting Administrator & Coordinator. The Lighting Operations Manager manages the venue-based Operational staff in each of the 3 theatres, consisting of Supervisors, Senior Technicians (with either a programming or supervisory bias) and Technicians, and a Lighting Apprentice.
  • The Lighting Control Manager, who along with the Senior Lighting Control Technician and the theatres programmers, look after the theatre’s control & networking technology, liaising closely with suppliers and nurtures the programming abilities of the Senior Technicians and training for aspiring Technicians
  • The Lighting Resources Manager manages the Lighting Resources team, who support the venues by providing an internal “hire shop”, supplementing their basic rigs for productions in the Rep. They facilitate many events at the NT that require lighting and power and they also support West End transfers and tours where possible.

Purpose of Job

The emphasis of this role is towards programming lighting consoles and taking a supporting role in all aspects of lighting control platforms in the theatre. This involves close liaison with the Lighting Operations Manager (LOM), Lighting Control Manager (LCM) and Lighting Programmers within the department, providing regular updates and reporting issues relating to programming and assisting with delivering and developing informal workplace training.

When not engaged in aspects of programming Senior Lighting Technicians are expected to take a leading role in other projects as defined by the LOM and to instigate projects as required. At all other times, they are expected to take part in all other tasks of the department and support the Lighting Operations Manager, Supervisors and Lighting Control Manager.

These include: rigging, focussing, and maintaining lighting rigs and operating lighting control systems on National Theatre productions.  The work may be carried out on any of the National’s stages, relevant working areas, and at designated outside venues on tour.

Senior Lighting Technicians are expected to work under minimum supervision and to supervise other Technicians, and to initiate, plan and take responsibility for projects and activities within the theatres, delivering informal training and passing on skills in the process.

Senior Lighting Technicians deputise for the 3A Lighting Programmer when required and ensure control equipment is maintained and to communicate any changes to the control systems.

For more information on the job role and the fixed term contract please click the links!

Appointment Procedure
Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted through the National’s Online Recruitment System, and returned by the closing date.

To apply for this vacancy please follow the link:

The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: 12noon, Friday 22nd March 2019

For any queries, please contact the HR Department by emailing:

We encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular those which are currently under-represented at the NT including BAME & disabled candidates.