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Technical Manager

Organisation: Dynamic Earth

Salary: £30,000 - £40,000

Location: Edinburgh

About Us

Dynamic Earth is Edinburgh’s world-class science centre and planetarium that tells the extraordinary story of planet Earth, from beginning to mend.

Located on the edge of Holyrood Park with spectacular views of Salisbury Crags Dynamic Earth is also one of Edinburgh’s largest unique venues for corporate & hospitality events.

Our staff are pivotal to what makes us a 5-star rated science centre and world-class events venue. We offer a truly unique and dynamic working environment; creating a passionate, caring and inclusive place to work, learn and play.

Dynamic Earth is driven by a positive belief that everyone has the potential to be the problem-solvers of the future. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

We actively seek to recruit enthusiastic, motivated and highly customer focused staff that share our passion for our core charitable mission to empower people with understanding and empathy for the Earth. If you feel you have these personal attributes along with the right mix of skills and experience, you may be our next team member.

Role Summary

Our technical team plays a key role in ensuring that our exhibition provides the best immersive experience to all visitors and that our hospitality clients receive a world-class experience when hosting an event.

From, conferences weddings and dinners, to time-machines volcanoes and icebergs, Dynamic Earth is a workplace like no other! There is always an adventure around the corner and a unique challenge to solve.

The Technical Manager will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our immersive exhibition and providing AV support to live events as well as the support and development of the technical team, ensuring all team members receive cross-training. The technical team reports to our Head of Building Services who oversees the back-of-house functions within the organisation. As well as leading the technical department, we are looking for a Technical Manager who can partner across the organisation on projects such as a Spooktacular Halloween experience within the exhibition and theming for Christmas Party Nights.

Please see www.dynamicearth.org.uk/join-our-mission/careers for the full candidate pack.


Technical Duties – Oversee the operation and maintenance of the immersive exhibition conducting fault finding, problem solving and repairs. Provide AV support for conference and banqueting events and technical planning support for internal events.

Maintain IT and telephony infrastructure within the organisation.

Strategy and Culture – You will champion a culture of excellence in the technical department and play a key role in ensuring the delivery of our organisational strategies within your department. You will foster a culture of collaboration across the organisation in the delivery of events and projects.

Project Management – You will partner across the organisation on internal projects and oversee contractors to provide technical support on small, and large-scale projects.

Team Management -You will line manage the Technical team and ensure there are clear annual objectives, regular reviews, and training plans in place.

Budget & Finance – You will manage budgets for the Technical department and work alongside the Head of Building Services to produce business cases for proposed technical repairs and upgrades.

Health and Safety -You will take a leading role in health and safety for the department, ensuring health and safety procedures and documentation are up to date.

Skills Knowledge & Attributes

Comfortable in modern technical event production and AV installation

Experience within a similar role providing high level technical expertise and team management.

Experience in technical production for conferences and events in both onsite and online environments.

Strong fault finding and problem-solving skills.

Experienced in maintaining and repairing AV equipment and installations.

The ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and diplomatically with colleagues, clients, and contractors.

Excellent time management skills to meet business and client deadlines.

Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

A proactive team player who can be flexible with their time to meet the needs of the organisation.

Must be Windows and Mac literate, and experienced in Office 365, PowerPoint, Keynote, and online video conferencing platforms.

Must have a minimum of 4 years management experience in a similar role.
PASMA, IPAF, IOSH or NEBOSH certification are also beneficial to the role.

Leadership skills with the ability to motivate and manage a team.

Confident with a pro-active approach to completing tasks and projects.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

HNC qualification or higher in a related subject advantageous but not essential.

34 days annual leave (which includes 9 bank holidays)
Matched company pension contribution of 5%
Free staff car-parking
Life Assurance cover of 4 times annual salary
Up to 3 years Critical Illness cover
Confidential EAP advice-line through Health Assured
Free entry to ASVA member Visitor attractions (subject to conditions)
Limited Gym Membership at MacDonald Holyrood Hotel
Staff canteen (complimentary tea & coffee)
Employee Values Awards
Subsidised meals & coffee from the Dynamic Earth Café
25% Discount in the Natural Selection Gift Shop
Complimentary entry to Dynamic Earth for family and friends