Senior Project Manager - Venice
Country / Territory
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband 8. based in London. Indefinite (permanent) contract. Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date 10th March 2019 at 23:59 UK time.

Senior Project Manager - Venice

The Opportunity:

This is an exciting role within the Arts department to lead and manage the delivery of the International Architecture and Art exhibitions at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale each year. The role is also responsible for the delivery of all programmes associated with Venice including the Venice Fellowships Programme, and all ongoing maintenance and building works at the British Pavilion in Venice.

The Senior Project Manager Venice works closely with the Commissioners of the Pavilion and the Director Exhibitions on the development of the overall Venice strategy and is responsible for the implementation of the strategy through the Venice project team.

You'll take the lead on liaising with key partners and stakeholders, managing relationships internally and with key external UK and international partners and stakeholders.

The main areas of focus for the role, but are not limited to are:

Strategy and planning -  Contribute to the development of both the medium-term strategy and annual business plan for the art and architecture Biennales at Venice and the British Pavilion building management.

Programme Development -  Contribute to the development of the British Council’s activity in Venice ensuring the exhibitions and all related activities are designed to high professional and technical standards, and contribute optimally to the achievement of the British Council and UK government objectives.

Customer/market focus - Ensure that the Venice delivery model and project team structure is fit-for-purpose,  managed and maintained throughout the life of each project.

Relationship and stakeholder management - 
Develops trust-based relationships with a range of key practitioners (artists, galleries, architects), partners, organisations, suppliers, contractors and stakeholders (in the UK and in Italy) to ensure the smooth delivery of the exhibitions and maintenance work at the Pavilion.

Commercial, financial and resource management
- Using agreed British Council systems and processes, plans and manages the exhibition and building maintenance budget.

Leadership and management -  You may provide formal line management to the members of staff within Venice Project teams, which may consist of staff in London and Italy as well as freelancers.

Risk and compliance -  Uses standard corporate protocols, combined with previous experience and detailed knowledge of the local social/political/security context, to assess a range of risks in to service/product/programme delivery

What we require of the successful candidate: 
  • Good, knowledge of contemporary British art and architecture
  • Evidence of the ability to make critical judgements and difficult decisions to ensure project success.     
  • A proven track record of project managing large scale complex projects and exhibitions involving a variety of stakeholders. Experience of reporting to project boards and/ or steering groups. 
If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the attached documents:


If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by Sunday 10th March 2019 at 23:59 UK time. 

Eligibility to join the civil service pension scheme, the British Council offers an attractive holiday entitlement of 32 days per calendar year in addition to statutory holidays plus an additional half day on Christmas Eve.  

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