Stage Lighting Consultant - UK


Thank you for your interest in Charcoalblue.

To apply please complete the online application form and submit a short CV (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 stage lighting and network systems design for performance buildings.

  3. Describe your experience of designing, specifying and commissioning stage lighting systems

  4. Describe your experience and competency using CAD drawing tools for designing stage lighting 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 expectations in line with experience?

We look forward to receiving your application by 9am BST on Wednesday 12th January 2022.  We will only accept applications via our online system.

Interviews will likely be held remotely (via Microsoft Teams), during mid-late January 2022. The 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 around ninety team members in London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Seattle, and the Bay Area of California. Our team members currently work in a distributed way across the globe.

Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, live performance, 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 and are actively working to attract and retain a globally diverse team.

Equality & Diversity Overview

Charcoalblue is an equal opportunities employer, actively working towards becoming an inclusive organisation. 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, and we are particularly keen to hear from ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, as these voices 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 ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)20 7928 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 UK Theatre Consultancy team as a Stage Lighting Design Consultant. You will be responsible for all aspects of design, documenting, and commissioning stage lighting systems on our projects, working as part of our project teams which can include theatre designers, audiovisual designers, stage equipment designers, and acousticians to deliver holistic, client-focused design solutions. 

You will report to one of our 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 ensure you succeed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide general support for projects; primarily assisting with the production of drawings, specifications and reports for specific projects, as well as assisting the more senior team members with research on new products, developing the principles of system design and the production of Charcoalblue’s ‘standard’ system information.
  • Work to a consistently high standard, in line with Charcoalblue’s quality assurance and control procedures.
  • Ensure that the demands of your projects are fully met.
  • We aim to be unassailable in the quality of our work, the speed of our response, and to motivate the entire design and construction team by the good humour and competence of our approach.
  • Operate with minimal secretarial assistance: drafting emails, letters, reports and budgets as necessary.
  • We will expect you to be self-motivated in your own research, expanding your knowledge of the theatre and also of the construction industry. We welcome any particular skills or experience which you may bring to the company. We invite you to highlight these on the attached application form.
  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their needs for a project as they relate to stage lighting systems and network systems design (and beyond).
  • 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 stage lighting systems while adjusting communication styles for different audiences - for other creative designers, for experienced 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 stage lighting systems.
  • Providing cost projections throughout a project for stage lighting 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.
  • 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 stage lighting technology applicable to our projects.

Experience & Key Skills Required

We are open to receiving applications from candidates with a varied range of experience and education. If you meet most of the criteria below, we encourage you to apply:

  • Experience of three years working as a stage lighting designer or technician; likely in some combination of performing arts and architecture.  
  • Prior experience of using a CAD package - either Vectorworks or AutoCAD - is essential as this will form a large part of your daily output.Much of our work is produced in REVIT and training will be given in use of the software.
  • Some ability to manipulate images for inclusion in reports (using InDesign or a similar package) would be advantageous.
  • You may have completed a higher education qualification or have attended a Technical Theatre course at a Drama School, College or University.
  • Knowledge and experience of the operation and/or construction of theatre buildings is highly desirable, although not absolutely essential.
  • A practical knowledge of Theatre Health & Safety practice is desirableand it would be advantageous to have some knowledge of current relevant Health & Safety and electrical regulations.
  • 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 PDF format for all documents.
  • Experience and interest in live performance, , and/or events, with a demonstrable passion for the performing arts.

Employment Details

Our standard full-time working week is 40 hours (flexible between 8am and 8pm Monday-Friday), plus an hour per day (unpaid) for lunch, with an understanding that flexible working hours will apply to meet our clients’ needs and to accommodate the company’s global time zones. Charcoalblue does not provide for the payment of overtime. The nature of the job and the Partnership’s business could occasionally entail some work outside normal working hours.

​We are also open to hearing from you if you would prefer to work part-time. In this instance, please state your preference within the application. There is a three-month probationary period for permanent roles.

We are currently working in a distributed (remote) model, meaning you may work between your home (or other place of your choosing) or our London or Bristol studio, depending on your preference, plus some site visits and project meetings as required. We will provide you with the necessary IT hardware and software to enable to you to carry out your role successfully in line with your duties.

Please note, although the role is distributed, our preference is that the successful applicant should be based in the UK, to effectively meet the current needs of our work and local team, being able to travel to site/client meetings and our UK studios as required.

Annual leave entitlement: 20 days minimum per annum*, plus statutory public holidays.

*We are currently trialling ‘unlimited annual leave’ which states that there may be the opportunity to benefit from some additional days’ leave in line with our Policy.

Employee Benefits

Charcoalblue will pay the superannuation guarantee in addition to your salary from the commencement of your employment.

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.

On successful completion of your probationary period, you will also receive two free theatre or live events tickets per month to enable you to immerse yourself in the industry as far as possible. We will also 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.

Start Date

February 2022


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