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Administrator BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity to join the team that manages the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 

Formed in 1935, and based at Glasgow’s City Halls since 2006, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra and performs throughout Scotland, the UK and abroad. It maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television and Digital platforms. The orchestra appears regularly at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival and this year will tour Salzburg, Orkney and Japan.

The Administrator role will work with the team that manages the orchestra and produces its content. Reporting to the Orchestra Manager this is a varied role which requires good planning, organisational and IT skills.  Some knowledge of orchestral instruments and repertoire and the ability to read music are essential.

Role Responsibility

Provide general office and administration tasks to support the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras management team. 

Assist the Orchestra Manager with all bookings; this includes any extra players and deputies for all projects. Issuing of orchestral schedules and keeping a record of players booked.

You will be responsible for booking players for learning and education projects and any additional projects that that BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are involved with and ensure the delivery of these projects. 

Be the point of contact for organising instrument and equipment purchase/hire including delivery and pick up. 

You will also carry out administrative tasks for the Director and Senior Content Producer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as and when required.

Working with others in the team, there will be a shared responsibility to cover concert duty which will span over evenings and some weekends.

Are you the right candidate?

Strong organisational and communication skills are crucial with an ability to use your own initiative with confidence, using judgement to escalate where necessary.

Knowledge of BBC systems is an advantage, but you should also have the flexibility to learn quickly.

Some knowledge of orchestras would be advantageous as you will be working with musicians alongside the orchestral management team.

A willingness to engage, as part of a team, with all the orchestra’s activities.

You should have the ability to score read, this will be beneficial for the duties required when working with musicians. 

Package Description

Band: A

Contract type: 12 month fixed term contract/attachment

Location: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls Glasgow

(Please note that there will be some evening and weekend working required).

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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