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Manchester, Greater Manchester
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years. From 2021, as well as producing a biennial festival, we will also run The Factory, a new state of the art building and producing organisation in the heart of Manchester.

To develop and manage MIF’s producing capacity and capability as the organisation transitions to running The Factory and beyond, providing leadership to the team.


  • Lead on anticipating resources required and operational planning for the wider Producing functions, ensuring a flexibility of approach that meets the needs of the programme in Manchester (Festival and The Factory) and internationally
  • Chair Planning Meetings (or equivalents and others as required) to facilitate a cross organisational approach to MIF’s programme planning across the Festivals, The Factory and internationally
  • Work with the Director of Organisational Change and Transition to lead/contribute on the artistic programme and delivery strand for transition into The Factory and identify other change needs
  • Work with the Executive Director and Director of Finance and Resources to ensure resourcing for the Producing department is reflected in MIF’s 5 year strategic business plan, which also includes transition planning for the move to The Factory
  • Hold the overview of all annual producing budgets and work with Artistic Leads and others as appropriate on the overview of Commissions budgets (or equivalent)
  • Working closely with EPs and other departmental leads to oversee the development of new ways of interdepartmental working required by MIF’s growth in operation as it prepares to run The Factory
  • Working closely with relevant departments eg: venue and technical operations, plan and oversee the the set up, implementation and running of an online scheduling system for all MIF activity (the building, Festival and international presentations) which serves the needs of space planning and operational resourcing
  • Provide strong leadership to the wider Producing team and line management to the Executive Producers, Artist Liaison Manager and Scheduling Manager and others as appropriate
  •  Develop the legal and contractual framework for the wider producing team including digital, as the organisation develops, ensuring that the right legal support is available to advise on all aspects including rights royalties and licensing and that contracts are fit for purpose
  • Work closely with Directors of key departments, including Digital, Creative Engagement and Audiences, to ensure that all productions embed these areas of work in appropriate ways
  •  Be the Executive Producer for projects in the programme as required at peak producing times

First round Interview date: 06 February 2020 

Second round Interview date: 17 February 2020 

All applications must go through the online application form or if you have any specific accessibility requirements (such as printed forms/Job Packs) please contact the MIF Office. Applications through any other method will not be considered.

MIF are always happy to make reasonable adjustments for candidates where possible.

Additional documents
Director of Producing job pack (.pdf)
More about Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) launched in 2007 as the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. It is an... Read more

Refreshed on: 12 December 2019
Closing date: 08 January 2020
Tags: Senior Management,Business Development

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