Senior Recording Studio Technician

Art History

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 22nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £24,291 to £26,094. With potential progression once in post to £30,207 a year
  • REF: 98664
  • Closes: 28th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

Job summary

To provide specialist expertise, support and guidance for students and staff using the full range of equipment and facilities in the Frankland Recording studio, and related systems. The postholder will support delivery of teaching and other related activities across a range of users, whilst maintaining a high level of user support.

The postholder will have a high level of expertise in the equipment as well as an understanding of how to supervise and facilitate others in using it, optimising positive user experience. The post holder will have a demonstrable understanding of recording techniques as applied classical and jazz music contexts. The post will require some flexibility in working hours and it may be necessary to operate out of normal working hours, agreed in discussion with the post’s line manager.

The post will be line managed by the Studio Technician with a dotted line to Head of Department and will work closely with various academic and professional services staff across Music Department and University Music team.

Main duties
• Facilitating students, staff and other users to undertake recording activities in the studio.
• Supporting users in developing their own expertise, knowledge and skills in using the studio and equipment correctly, effectively and safely.
• With key stakeholders, developing and overseeing a system for user appointments in the studio.
• With line manager, ensuring workload is manageable and key deadlines and priorities are met.
• Planning programmes of work with key stakeholders in the area to ensure the programme of work, session protocols and outcomes are clear.
• Check practical layouts prior to sessions and ensure that all requirements are in place.
• Demonstrate equipment use, high level techniques and procedures to users.
• Trouble-shoot and respond to problems, which may occur during practical sessions, using in-depth knowledge and expertise to diagnose/resolve problems and suggest solutions.
• Ensuring the studio is used safely and that all equipment is protected and maintained.
• Maintaining inventory and service schedule.
• Upkeep of equipment, including undertaking or arranging regular safety testing in line with current university and industry standards.
• Any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Person Specification
• Relevant workplace experience, equivalent professional qualification or degree in an appropriate subject.
• GCSE level 2 (A*- C) or equivalent level 2 qualification in mathematics and English.
• Experience and understanding of professional audio systems, compositional workflows and recording systems
• Experience of both conducting recording sessions and supervising others in doing the same
• Good fault-finding and diagnostic skills.
• Availability to work flexible hours when needed.
• Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others.
• Ability to organise and manage own workload and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements.
• Ability to work under minimal supervision but function as part of a team.
• Proficiency in commonly used software packages.
• Understands the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace
• Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures

For informal enquires please contactSimon Smith, Studio Technician,

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