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Design and Production Manager
Royal Academy of Arts
London

Public Engagement, Marketing Department

Royal Academy of Arts

Based in Piccadilly

Up to £36,000 plus annual staff incentive scheme and generous pension scheme

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK's foremost arts institutions, famous for our world class exhibitions including Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Ai Weiwei, and the recent blockbusters Abstract Expressionism and America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. Dedicated to promoting the creation, study and enjoyment of art to all audiences, we are led by eminent artists and architects.

This is an exciting time to join the Royal Academy as we approach our 250th anniversary next year. To celebrate, we've embarked on a major redevelopment that will unite our two sites, opening up our institution with new spaces for exhibitions, learning and debate. Led by the internationally-acclaimed architect David Chipperfield RA, the project will link Burlington House on Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens for the first time. In doing so we will create a 2.5-acre campus in the heart of Mayfair. This ambitious scheme will provide a new suite of temporary exhibition galleries, a double height auditorium, a dedicated learning centre and an RA Collections Gallery.

About this position

The Marketing department is responsible for engaging a wide range of audiences in the activities of the RA, driving attendance and reaching revenue goals, as well as building the RA brand and working with our colleagues to support the wider business goals of the RA.

We are looking for an exceptional Design and Production Manager to join our team. Working with external and in-house designers, this role will be instrumental in ensuring we deliver design excellence in our anniversary year and beyond. Ideally with experience working in a busy design studio environment, you will be passionate about all areas of design - from printed materials to digital advertising.

You will work with all departments of the Royal Academy, acting as the brand and design guardian of everything produced by the organisation.

About you

You will be passionate about upholding and acting as a guardian of the RA brand identity. In order to support the key visitor experience aspect of the role, you will have experience in signage and way finding development. You are likely to have gained your professional experience working in a busy design office environment.

A first-class project manager, you will possess well-honed organisational skills and an exceptional eye for detail, along with strong commercial acumen and negotiation skills.

You will need to be flexible, enthusiastic and a strong team player, with exceptional IT-skills with experience working with the Adobe creative suite.

You must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest and knowledge of the visual arts and enthusiasm for the work and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts.

The benefits we offer

  • A very generous pension, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme
  • In addition to 25 days' holiday and 8 days' bank holiday each year, we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid leave
  • Staff are encouraged to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site
  • We also have a staff choir, running club and craft club
  • Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that enable you to enter for free with your staff pass.

How to apply

To apply for this position, candidates must complete an application form. For further information about this role, and to find our application form, visit our website at:

Closing date for applications: 17 December 2017 (midnight)

Interviews to be held week commencing: 15 January 2018

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