graduate scheme
Expires24 days

Graduate Consultant - Technical Designer (Venues)

Job description

At Arup, we design and deliver ground-breaking iconic projects through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Our people are at the heart of our business and we pride ourselves in embracing the Arup values when dealing with both our colleagues and our clients.

Arup provides theatre and venue consultancy to arts, culture and entertainment clients around the built environment – for experiences, places, buildings and districts. Projects range from: school or community arts facilities, important in our local areas; to new-build international theatres, studios and concert venues: to master-planning entire cultural districts. We guide projects from inception and planning, through design, testing and commissioning to help clients achieve their aspirations, working closely with public authorities, operators, architects, engineers and theatre staff.

About the role

We are looking for a Graduate Consultant to join our team of bright venues professionals in London and Winchester. You'll work with Arup's theatre/ venue consulting team to undertake conceptual and technical design, provide high quality design information and support projects through construction, commissioning and early operation.

From your first day, you'll join an unrivalled community of experts, closely linked with our colleagues around the globe, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

You will be engaged on a portfolio of projects, working with different teams and ranging in scale, duration and design stage, providing you with a diverse working environment.

Under the guidance of experienced practitioners, you will undertake design and consultancy in the following areas:

  • Stage machinery and automation control systems
  • Performing arts centre design, auditorium planning and operational design
  • Production lighting and lighting control systems
  • Audiovisual systems, including production sound, video, communications and projection
  • Digital performance technical infrastructure

You will be expected to:

  • Develop innovative solutions within constraints of project budgets
  • Undertake conceptual through to technical design
  • Undertake calculations, drawings and modelling of theatre technical systems
  • Prepare presentations and technical documents for clear communication with design teams and users
  • Contribute to and review designs of other parties
  • Review systems onsite and assist with specialist performance systems inspection and commissioning

Arup offers

Arup offers extensive opportunities for your personal and career development and:

  • A competitive salary and settling in allowance
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including a flexible benefits fund and highly competitive pension
  • An interesting and varied workload
  • The opportunity to work on international projects
  • Technically challenging projects that will stretch and challenge your skills
  • Opportunities to work abroad
  • A supportive and friendly team, based in an excellent working environment
  • Mentorship and support towards professional accreditation and career development opportunities

What we are looking for

We're looking for graduates with curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with a practical understanding of the performing arts and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you.

We're looking for the following qualifications and skills:

  • Experience of working in performing arts production, and knowledge of specialist technical equipment and rigging
  • Enthusiasm for performing arts, and the design of facilities for the performing arts
  • Proficiency in use of drawing packages (eg. AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino)
  • Creativity in developing design solutions
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Good time management and ability to work concurrently on multiple projects
  • Relevant professional membership (eg. Associate Member of the ABTT, ALD or ASD) is desirable
  • Ability to maintain personal effectiveness and team relationships at times of pressure

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 visa sponsorship for this role. Therefore you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered.


Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, such as engineering, sciences, architecture or technical theatre

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

Does this role sound of interest to you? Please find further information below:

  • Assessment centres will take place from December 2019, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.
  • Our Graduate Welcome Week will take place in September 2020. Although we can be flexible on start dates we would hope that the successful candidate will join their peers for this event.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 November 2019

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Closing date:  15 November 2019

Expires24 days

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