FACTORY INTERNATIONAL JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Manchester is building a world-class cultural venue in the heart of the city. Factory International will present bold new work by the world’s most exciting artists – from music gigs to major exhibitions, original theatre to daring new dance, all incorporating the latest in digital technologies. It will be a place to come together, to create, invent and play! MIF will continue to take over the city every two years, using the venue as its base. With the next edition of the festival also set for 2023, there's never been a better time to join our team.
We’re moving to the new venue this summer and are looking to increase our team. Want to join us? At Factory International we’ll be:
• Finding new ways to think about, bring to life and distribute our work
• Offering opportunities for employment, training and learning across the region
• Establishing an open, far-reaching and sustainable space for exploration – loved locally and celebrated worldwide
So it’s official: we are shooting for the stars. Can you help? Whether you are a technical whizz that leaves no margin for error or someone that really gets customer service, an early starter learning the ropes or a wise head ready to take the lead, we want to hear from you.We’re also training the creative workforce of the future through the Factory Academy, supporting artists to realise their potential, and working with local communities to build our programme. But we don’t stop at Manchester – we take our work to partner venues and festivals all around the world and create extraordinary digital experiences – inviting everyone to play in our virtual world.
At Factory International we have a simple but ambitious vision: To Invent Tomorrow Together.
Our Mission - Through art, music and culture, in digital and physical space, our mission is to create the meeting points between imagined futures and real lives.
We believe in being open, inventive, equitable, determined and international. These are the values we embody through the work we do and how we do it – representing Greater Manchester and making Factory International a great place to work too.
Our team reflects the diversity of our city, and we work hard to make Factory International a place where everyone on staff can be themselves, contribute creatively and grow. Alongside their job roles, staff contribute to the organisation in a wide range of other ways – from joining our Equalities Working Groups to attending our monthly Ideas Breakfasts, where everyone can contribute to Factory International’s artistic programme.
We are always reviewing recruitment processes and internal support for all our employees as part of our commitment to diversifying the workforce in the creative industries. We have a detailed Equalities Action Plan, which includes an Equalities Working Group, reporting to Executive and Board, and sub-groups with specific communities, including Race Representation Group, Pride (LGBTQI+) Group, Disability Representation Group, Gender Equality Group and Socio-Economic Mobility Group.
We also have various pastoral support routes in place, including additional support for people with caring responsibilities and access to external professional support services with a focus on wellbeing. Flexible working, including part time and job-share options will be considered for all suitable roles.
We want to bring together a talented team of people at Factory International – reaching out into every corner of Manchester, harnessing the talent and energy that is found across the city and beyond. We hope you'll feel welcome here. And if you see something we could do better, then we’re listening.
You can connect with us via our recruitment page here
We are a registered visa sponsor, we would look into sponsorship so please do apply for any roles you are interested as we will always try to support where we can for eligible roles and for the right candidate. It should be a barrier to applying.
At Factory International we appreciate that individuals have different responsibilities and that we need to be flexible to accommodate this. We do offer flexible working options including job shares, part time working and compressed hours for roles where possible.
Our standard full time working pattern is 40 hours per week. For office based roles - Our standard/core working hours are between 8am - 6pm and start and end times are flexible, you would just need to discuss this with your manager. For venue based roles – working patterns will vary and could include evenings and weekends as we will be in a year-round operational building.
We will always try to support where we can.
For some roles - We do offer hybrid working where staff will work both from home and in the office. We would expect all staff members to be available to come into the office for in person meetings, events and responsibiltities etc as required. Therefore living within reasonable commute of Manchester is preferred.
Venue/Event based roles are likely to be required to be fully onsite – this includes Front of House and Technical teams, and any other roles with a physical presence required.
Travel expenses can be reimbursed upon request, if you do need any support booking travel in order to attend the interview please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to make arrangements as required.
How to apply - top tips
•Connect – use the QR or go to our recruitment site to sign up to our mailing list and hear about all the jobs coming up
•Do your research – look at our website for information and an idea of our goals, if there is an online Q&A - watch it!
•Build your profile – prepare to apply by getting a CV ready, or summary of your skills and experience, and think about the reasons why you want to come and work with us
•Tell us about YOU – when jobs come up, we will ask you to tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to work here. Be specific, what make you YOU.
You don’t have to be too wordy, give us bullet points to describe your skills and experience – this could be from work, school, volunteering, life experiences. How do these fit the organisation and the types of roles you’re interested in.
Spend time on getting across your motivations and attitudes to do a good job.
We will always ask about your commitment to and experience with equity (the importance of providing equal opportunities to all) so make sure you think about this ahead of time.
You will be asked to apply with information about your skills and experience and why you’re interested (as above), this is the first thing that we will see and often will be the only information we have about you so take your time to make sure you get across what you want us to know.
We always offer video applications as an option if you prefer, make sure you still answer the questions in the video if you do this and keep it short!
When you apply this will be through our website so it might be worth having a look at it to get comfortable.
After applications we might ask you to attend an in-person group assessment which will help us to see how you work with others and test out some of your skills. We will share the dates when you apply so make sure you have these in mind.
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About Factory International
With design led by Ellen van Loon of the world-leading practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Factory International will be a 13,350-sq-metre canvas for the world’s greatest artists and Manchester’s rising stars.
More than a building, Factory International is also the new home of Manchester International Festival (MIF), the festival of brand new artistic work, established in 2007 and known world-over.
The people at Factory International bring our work to life – from delivering our ambitious festival programme to making sure our building is accessible to all, touring our work around the world, reaching out to Manchester’s many communities and keeping everything running day-to-day.
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