Technical Designer

  • Job Reference: PD001
  • Date Posted: 26 February 2018
  • Recruiter: Theatre Royal Plymouth
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  • Location: Plymouth, Devon
  • Salary: £20,000 to £25,000
  • Sector: Advert / Media / Entertainment, Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Retail & Consumer Products
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

TR2 Production and Learning Centre is the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s purpose built workshop facility based in Cattedown, Plymouth. Since opening in 2003, TR2 has provided state of the art workshop facilities for the creation of scenery, props and costumes for a global theatre industry.

TR2’s extensive engineering, timber fabrication and assembly facilities can support the simultaneous construction of two full-scale productions. The Technical Design Office is at the epicentre of this construction activity, taking design concepts through to technical solutions.

The post holder will work as part of the technical design team in the realisation and production of theatre scenery. They will serve as a point of contact for the client, providing quotes, producing technical drawings and disseminating information to the workshop.

As we continue to diversify beyond theatre scenery, exciting opportunities to work in exhibition and site-specific art installations are developing, requiring an increasing level of design input from the post holder.

The role will involve extensive collaboration with clients, other workshops and sub-contractors and as such will require flexible working hours and travel to London and other parts of the country for meetings.

Successful candidates will be offered a choice of interview location. Interviews will take place on 9th April 2018 in London and 10th April 2018 in Plymouth, the latter to include a tour of TR2.

The Role

Here is an overview of what you would be doing:

  • Formulate design solutions for the construction of scenery.
  • Apply suitable material selection when designing.
  • Use appropriate construction methods and build methodology.
  • Consider the logistics of built scenic items.
  • Communicate proposed design solutions to project stakeholders.
  • Produce detailed construction drawings for scenic elements using AutoCAD.
  • Disseminate supporting design information to relevant parties using photographs, design references, and storyboards.
  • Work closely with workshop staff to facilitate the successful delivery of scenery.
  • Order specialist items and liaise with suppliers.
  • Procure the services of external companies where appropriate.
  • To act as an intermediary between the client and workshop.
  • To work with the concept designer to implement their design as closely as possible within the existing budgetary constraints.
  • Assist with the creation of quotations for clients and then working within these financial limitations.
  • Maintain ordered and comprehensive digital records for all projects and provide clients with pre-agreed deliverables.

The Person

Our Values are at the heart of everything we say and do and our people demonstrate these values in every aspect of their work.  To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience and behaviour in line with these values.


Taking pride in achieving excellence. We take responsibility for and pride in what we do, recognising each other’s good work. We set consistently high expectations and ensure that everyone has the skills to achieve excellence.


Valuing each other in the way we work, communicate and spend time together: We communicate regularly with each other, listening and understanding people’s needs. We value and respect the relationships we have with colleagues and partners and we celebrate shared successes.

  • A background in scenic construction or prop making would be desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge and experience operating AutoCAD.
  • A broad understanding of engineering and construction.
  • Able to effectively manage your own time and work to project deadlines.
  • Willingness to engage in learning new skills.
  • An understanding of parametric modelling software such as Solidworks or Inventor would be desirable but not essential.
  • A basic understanding of mechanical engineering automation and control systems.
  • A basic understanding of structural engineering principles.
  • Basic skills in Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word.


  • Strong visual communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with a range of internal and external contacts.
  • Able to work collaboratively within a design team and have the ability to work under your own initiative.
  • The ability to effectively communicate design concepts to others.
  • The ability to communicate technical construction information clearly to members of the construction team and external sub-contractors through technical drawings.



Being imaginative in everything we do: We use our knowledge, experience and judgement to explore doing things differently. We aim to empower everyone in the organisation to adopt a flexible, open-minded and imaginative approach.


Embracing the diversity among our people and community: We embrace and value difference and individuality treating everyone as equally important.Together we are stronger and more effective.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, handling multiple projects to differing deadlines.
  • To embrace challenges that requires creative and innovative problem solving.
  • To creatively articulate your design rationale.
  • Develop your skills through a continuing process of critical analysis.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully communicating with a wide variety of colleagues from senior staff to casual employees.
  • Substantial and demonstrable experience of communicating visually to a range of audiences.
  • Experience of working closely with local, regional and national theatres.
  • A professional attitude with ability to be tactful and diplomatic.