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Chief Technician, The Sands Centre


Job overview


The Sands Centre in Carlisle, North West England is looking for a new Chief Technician – Lighting to lead the venue’s theatre and events programme. The venue is operated by GLL, the UK’s largest public leisure operator and a charitable social enterprise. The Sands Centre plays host to over 180 shows and events every year including West End theatre productions, ballet and opera, not to mention major rock, pop and comedy artists and the region’s biggest pantomime. We also host a variety of corporate conferences and exhibitions. This role offers the chance to contribute to the cultural output of the region’s biggest and best-known arts and events venue.


Chief Technician is a crucial role that ensures all our shows and events run to time, to spec, to budget and to the highest safety standards. You’ll provide technical leadership and expertise to our casual stage crew as well as deputising for the technical and Stage Manager. You’ll thrive on variety and be unfazed by the size and scope of events that we host whilst being able to work around a lack of fly tower.


With significant professional experience as a lighting technician, most likely gained within a theatre or large events venue, we would expect you to have relevant industry qualifications and experience of the following:

  • Working at heights
  • Rope rescues
  • PAT testing
  • Lighting installation, programming and design
  • Operating control desks such as Avolites Tiger Touch, Chamsys and/or Strand 250i consoles
  • A degree in technical theatre or media production


Keeping calm under pressure and able to lead, inspire and effectively communicate with a team in a fast-paced, energetic and demanding environment amongst a range of personalities will also be key.


In return, we offer all the support and a range of benefits you’d expect from a national employer including:

  • Pension
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Discounted membership at our leisure centres
  • The opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we’re run plus associated social events
  • Career pathways
  • Ongoing training and development


If you have the passion and skills for this role, apply now.


All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications, age and location.


To be shortlisted for the role, internal applicants will need to demonstrate their commitment to GLL by becoming a Society member where eligible.


GLL is an equal opportunities employer.


Better leisure centres are run by GLL, a charitable social enterprise, working with local authorities to run leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries and world-class sporting venues such as the Copper Box Arena and London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As a not-for-profit organisation, we’re different. Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people. So, join us as Duty Manager and enjoy career progression and great benefits including flexible hours and locations, a uniform and discounted membership at all 170 centres.


Closing date:
23rd October 2017

Working pattern:
39 hours per week

Contract Type:


£19,124 - £22,734

Initial Location:

The Sands Centre



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GLL is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The aim of GLL is to recruit people not just for jobs but for long term careers.



GLL is a registered trademark of Greenwich Leisure Limited, a charitable social enterprise and registered society under the Co-operative & Community Benefit & Societies Act 2014 registration no. 27793R. Registered office: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX. Inland Revenue Charity no: XR43398 VAT registration no: 219749179. Email: