The National Sculpture Factory Seeks Technical Manager

Are you an experienced and dynamic technical/facilities/project manager with specialist knowledge of fabrication techniques? We’re seeking a self-motivated, supportive and personable problem-solver to work with artists and run the Factory floor at Ireland’s leading studio facility for the production of art.

The purpose of the National Sculpture Factory is to support and nurture the production of art and the role of culture in society. Established 31 years ago, NSF’s mission is to be a national organisation with an international perspective situated in Cork. We focus on cultural enterprise, art production, public engagement and discourse. For artists, we provide space, time, training and practical support to explore and develop new ways of working; for organisations wishing to commission public art, we offer expertise and processes; and for our community, we create a platform and programme to seed debate.
The National Sculpture Factory manages a world class studio facility enabling artists to make work of scale and ambition at the heart of Cork’s docklands. We provide ongoing professional development opportunities and training for artists to enable them to further their careers. We generate public engagement through programming lectures, symposia and discussions, as well as presenting new work to the public, generating new audiences and developing the artform. We adopt and adhere to a code of excellence in our governance and organisational practice.

This role will appeal to someone who is innovative and ambitious, with a dynamic vision and a deep passion, understanding and knowledge of the arts, a person who works well with others in a creative environment.

  • The Technical Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the factory floor with the support of a p/t technical assistant, and additional support through a community employment scheme.
  • The Technical Manager will facilitate and extend the NSF’s key role, as outlined in our Strategic Plan 2020–2025, in driving public perceptions of the expanded field of sculpture and public art both locally, nationally and internationally.
  • The Technical Manager will foster partnerships at a local level as well as promoting the NSF in order to maximise opportunities for artists and help promote the profile of the NSF.

Person specifications for the appointment of a Technical Manager for NSF

  • Specialist knowledge of fabricating techniques i.e. metal, ceramic, glass, wood, stone
  • Specialist knowledge of maintenance of tools and equipment in the studio 
  • Specialist knowledge of the arts an advantage

Experience of:

  • Working directly with artists
  • Line management of staff or project teams
  • Setting and managing budgets as set out by the Director

Skills and abilities:

  • The ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent people skills with a calm and friendly demeanour
  • The ability to exercise imagination, drive and initiative in developing and maintaining the scope of the Factory’s activities
  • The ability to ensure the effective use of the Factory as a facility for the production and promotion of sculpture and at times other activities
  • The ability to manage and motivate factory floor staff
  •  The ability to establish good relationships with colleagues and external agencies

The successful candidate will be expected to have, or acquire within a reasonable time, the knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Health & Safety guidelines
  • Insurance responsibilities integral to the running of the Factory floor


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be well organised
  • Facilities management and Project management experience essential, previous experience in capital development an advantage

Staff structure:

The Technical Manager is responsible to the Director with the support of the following:

  • Technical Assistant (6 days a month)
  • Technical Support 2.5 days per week through CE position

Contract period:

This is a full-time position fixed term one-year contract, renewable subject to performance review. The role is subject to an initial six-month probation period.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should apply via a cover letter laying out their approach or vision for the Technical Manager’s role, together with their CV not exceeding 4 pages, outlining qualifications held, relevant experience, skills and including two referees. All applications will be acknowledged and treated in strict confidence.

Applications to be sent to: Elma O’Donovan, Administrator
Deadline: 12 noon on Wednesday, 15th April 2020

Prospective candidates should note that the NSF reserves the right to short list interviewees on the basis of information supplied in their application.
National Sculpture Factory is an equal opportunities employer.
Canvassing will disqualify.