Senior Project Manager Venice
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Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department: Arts Job Category: Full Time, 2 year fixed-term contract Location: London Pay Band: 8
The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.      

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

The Team

In the Visual Arts and Architecture, Design and Fashion teams we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary art and design sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with museums, galleries, artists and designers within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. We develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange, and work in partnership with art, design and exhibition professionals to build relationships between the art and design communities in the UK and around the world.

Since 1937 the British Council has organised exhibitions at the British Pavilion in Venice. This includes overseeing the process of selecting artists and architects chosen to exhibit, producing accompanying publications, events, press and marketing campaigns and managing the day to day running of the British Pavilion as well as preserving the historic building itself. In 2014 the British Council created the Venice Fellowships programme to offer students, artists and architects the opportunity to spend a month at the Biennale conducting research alongside the exhibition.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Project Manager Venice to ensure that both the Venice International Art and Architecture Biennale exhibitions, associated press and marketing campaigns and the Venice Fellowships Programme are delivered to the highest possible standard, within budget and to schedule.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:

  • Good, wide knowledge of contemporary British art and architecture and evidence of the ability to make critical judgements across genres.
  • An excellent network of contacts across the UK visual arts and architecture sector.
  • A proven track record of project managing large scale complex projects and exhibitions involving a variety of stakeholders.
  • Proven exceptional negotiation and relationship management skills  
  • Experience of managing large teams in a complex matrix including formal line management 

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include: (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)    

  • Ensuring the work of the Venice team aligns to the Corporate Plan and Arts Vision, and the projects run smoothly and to plan, working alongside Director Exhibitions and Director Architecture, Design and Fashion to achieve this.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Venice Project team is efficiently managed, especially in the areas of project structure, relationship management, budget tracking, project reporting and evaluation.
  • Identify potential areas for cost savings through long term contracts and partnerships and ensure that clear processes are in place to deliver all aspects of exhibitions and building management finding efficient working models that are compliant.
  • Ensuring that the British Council’s activity in Venice represents the full breadth and diversity of the UK art and architecture sector, and that opportunities to improve access, visibility, profile and reach are fully explored.

Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.  All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council behaviours


  • Generous pension
  • 32 days annual leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan
The closing date is 9th July 2017 at 23:59pm UK time and we are looking to hold the interviews for week commencing 17th July 2017