Audiovisual Design Consultant


Thank you for your interest in Charcoalblue.

To apply please complete the online application form and submit a short resume (1-2 pages max.) and a covering letter addressing the questions below:

  1. Why do you consider yourself to be a suitable person for the post and what you would like from the job?

  2. Which of your previous experience would you highlight as being particularly relevant? Please highlight any audio visual and network systems design for performance buildings.

  3. Describe your experience of designing, specifying and commissioning audio visual systems

  4. Describe your experience and competency using CAD drawing tools for designing audio visual and network systems.

  5. Please highlight the elements of the role requirement where you feel you have the least experience.

  6. What are your salary/fee expectations in line with experience (considering our stated range)?

We look forward to receiving your application by 9am GMT on Wednesday 29th September 2021.  We will only accept applications via our online system. 

Interviews will be held remotely (via Microsoft Teams) during the w/c 4th October 2021 - time and date will be confirmed for shortlisted candidates.  

Company Overview

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading multi-national theatre, acoustic, and digital consultancy. Founded in 2004, we now have almost eighty team members in London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Seattle, and the Bay Area of California. 

Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, music, culture, education, workplaces, entertainment, and sport. We engage with all members of a project team - the clients, architects, engineers, cost consultant, and contractors - on how the design choices they make affect the functionality of the building. 

We strive to be the first and best choice for architects and clients who are designing new theatres or

refurbishing existing ones. We want to recruit the finest and most capable people working in the arts or construction sectors today.

Charcoalblue is a partnership registered in England with number OC373258.

Registered address: 17 Short Street, London SE1 8LJ

T: 020 7928 0000 E:  W :

Charcoalblue is an equal opportunities employer, and we are a member of the Living Wage Foundation.

Equality & Diversity Overview

Charcoalblue is an equal opportunities employer, actively working towards becoming an inclusive organization. We work consistently to ensure elimination of unfair and discriminatory practices within the Partnership and encourage full contribution from its diverse community.

Our mission is to manifest an inclusive ethos by creating a diverse and inclusive working environment across our practice. Recruitment opportunities are open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented within our teams.

If you require this application in a different format or need support during the application process, please contact Sian Thompson via email ( or telephone (+44 (0)207 928 0000). Equally, please contact Sian if you have any questions in relation to access, or how the role might need to respond to your personal circumstances.

The Partnership aims to provide a service that does not discriminate against its clients and customers and works to ensure all can access the services and goods supplied by the Partnership.

The Partnership believes that all employees and clients are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.

Job Description 

We are seeking a candidate to join our global Theatre Consultancy team as an Audiovisual Design Consultant. You will be responsible for all aspects of design, documenting, and commissioning AV systems on our projects, working as part of our project teams which can include theatre designers, lighting designers, stage equipment designers, and acousticians to deliver holistic, client-focused design solutions.  

You will report to one of our UK Principals, who will manage project assignments and workload along with Charcoalblue’s Operations Coordinator. You will have the chance to meet regularly with your line manager to ensure you are fully supported in your role and since theatre consultancy is a specialist field, we will provide role-specific inductions, and ongoing training to help you succeed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their needs for a project as they relate to audio visual systems and network systems design (and beyond).
  • Proposing audio visual systems solutions which meet project requirements at a conceptual level, including accurate budget setting, and impact of AV equipment on other building systems. 
  • Providing all aspects of system documentation including sketch illustration, written narrative description, architectural drawings, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and specification writing.  
  • Working with our internal design team to present a holistic design solution which balances all aspects of performance functionality and budget.  
  • Communicating with client teams to describe our solutions and ensure they reflect the right fit which balances the needs of various project constituents.  
  • Describing the functionality and purpose of audio-visual systems while adjusting communication styles for different audiences - for other creative designers, for experienced AV technicians, or electrical engineers.  
  • Working with architectural and engineering teams to ensure that each of the design disciplines includes the required infrastructure, support, and accommodation for all elements of the audio-visual systems. 
  • Providing cost projections throughout a project for audio visual systems integration.
  • Conducting value engineering; adapting and revising designs to reduce cost while maintaining as much value and performance as possible, meanwhile being able to describe impacts on functionality.  
  • Participating in site visits for commissioning, witness testing, construction progress, and other purposes as required. This position will require occasional travel, including international/overseas travel. Noting that during the pandemic all flight travel has been put on hold.
  • Working with our Team Leaders to set out project work plans, goals, and deliverables. 
  • Contributing to the continual development of our internal design and technical resources. 
  • Discussing your work and ideas with other designers at Charcoalblue. 
  • Serving as a resource for all our designers about audio visual technology applicable to our projects. 
  • Provide a mentoring role for Audio Visual Consultants and participate in training and onboarding for new team members (when required).

Qualifications & Key Skills Required

Charcoalblue is open to receiving applications with a variety of levels of experience. If you meet most of the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply:

  • Minimum anticipated experience of four years working as an audio-visual systems designer; likely in some combination of performing arts and architecture.  
  • Experience of broadcast and video design and operation.
  • Served as primary audio-visual systems designer for completed projects in the design, documentation, construction, and commissioning phases.
  • Excellent communication skills through verbal explanations, interpretation of data, sketch drawing, written communication, technical drawing, and formal presentations.
  • Can demonstrate the creation of contract documentation for the audio-visual systems on new construction or architectural renovation projects in the UK and / or EMEA.
  • The ability to self-manage and set work plans for the successful delivery of work against deadlines with minimal input from management. 
  • An expert level of detailed knowledge about audio visual and networking technology, and systems integration. 
  • A practical knowledge of audio and acoustic theory, as well as visual media fundamentals.
  • Solid demonstrable experience in computer drafting of some form. Proficiency in REVIT or the ability to quickly learn will be required.
  • Skill and sensitivity to graphic design and layout, graphical display of information, adhering to design standards, and incorporating corporate branding.
  • Familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office products is essential. Our written work is an integral part of Charcoalblue’s profile, so a high degree of literacy and accuracy is also important.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and / or Bluebeam is also essential - we operate a paperless office and use the Adobe PDF format for all documents.
  • Experience and interest in live performance, broadcast, and/or events.
  • Knowledge and experience of the operation and/or construction of theatre buildings is essential.
  • CTS certification is a plus, but not required.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Highly organised, excellent time management skills, reliable. 
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Adept at multi-tasking.
  • Able to work calmly under pressure.
  • Friendly, professional manner.
  • Ablility to work successfully on own initiative, as well as part of a local and global team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing business needs.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload, sometimes in a pressured environment; meet deadlines; maintain both perspective and a sense of humour.
  • Numerate; ability to manage simple budgets and basic finance related tasks as required.


  • An interest and involvement in design and delivery of construction projects.
  • An interest and involvement in the performing arts, events, or experiential spaces.


  • Experience working with a global team across different time zones.
  • Experience of working as part of a distributed, international team.

Employment Details

We operate a flexible working hours policy and recognise the importance of the work/life balance.

The role is being offered as a permanent contract at 40 hours per week, however as part of our flexible working policy we are open to considering a 32-hour contract. If applicable, please state your preference in your covering letter.

Although this is a UK focused role, as an international organisation, the needs of the business are as such that this role may require some flexibility from time to time in working hours to facilitate project demands and to maintain support across our global entities’ varying time-zones.

Working hours patterns will be discussed in more detail at the interview stages. Charcoalblue does not provide for the payment of overtime - we trust that you will work flexibly within your contracted hours to protect your work/life balance and support the needs of the company.

The role is subject to a three-month probationary period.


We work in a distributed model, meaning you will work mostly from your home or other place of your choosing. Team meetings and in-person catch ups will generally happen in our London or Bristol locations once COVID restrictions are lifted. There will also be the option to work from one of our UK studios at that time if preferred.

Some travel may be required occasionally, with notice.

Annual leave

For a 40-hour per week contract, you will receive 20 days’ annual leave minimum per annum* plus statutory Bank Holidays and additional working days between Christmas and New Year when our studios are closed.

*We are currently trialling a new ‘unlimited leave’ annual leave policy so with prior arrangement there may be the opportunity to benefit from some additional days’ leave. More information will be provided to candidates reaching the interview stages.


Charcoalblue operates a bonus scheme which you will benefit from following successful completion of a three-month probationary period. Please note that this is subject to the Partnership’s performance year on year and is not guaranteed.

From your start date, we will contribute to your home broadband and give you a monthly contribution towards your home utilities to enable you to work from home effectively in line with our distributed working model.

We will provide you with a laptop and other IT peripherals whilst in our employment.

On successful completion of your probationary period, you will be eligible to join our employers’ auto-enrolment pension scheme.

Following your probationary period, you will also receive two free theatre/ live performance tickets per month to enable you to immerse yourself in our industry as far as possible.

At the end of your first year’s employment, you will receive free life insurance up to our policy limits.

At the end of your second year’s employment, you (and spouse/immediate dependents if applicable) will be eligible to join our private medical healthcare cover scheme (currently with AXA Health).

Start Date

As early as is practicable, ideally October 2021.


Please state in your cover letter your salary/fee expectations in line with your experience.