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Graduate Arts Venue Consultant

About us

At Arup, we aspire to shape a better world through the built environment. Independent in ownership and spirit, we’re a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world. People are at the heart of our business and we pride ourselves in ensuring that our staff embrace the Arup values when dealing with both our colleagues and our clients.

Our Consulting Practice is made up of the Planning, Management Consulting and Technology sub-Practices, between them hosting 16 individual groups. The Venues team provides design and planning advice to arts, culture & entertainment clients around the built environment – for experiences, places, buildings, and districts.  Projects range from visitor experience planning in city neighbourhood scale development strategies working closely with urban planners and city economics, community place making projects, explorations around the evolution of the use public facilities to the design of new build international theatre and concert venues.

About the role

We are looking for a Graduate Consultant to join our team of bright professionals in our London office. From your first day, you’ll join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

As part of the Venues team you will provide support to team members to deliver an effective and professional service to our clients. Your project involvement will be extremely diverse and you will be working across a wide variety of markets including performing arts, education, visual arts, and commercial developments. Under supervision, you will be expected to formulate strategy for new venues and undertake space planning, provide high quality planning and design information and support implementation through early operations. You will also interface with other groups within Arup including City Economics and Urban Planning.

You will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of experience in the UK and abroad.You will be engaged on a portfolio of projects, working with different teams and ranging in scale, duration and design stage, providing you with a diverse working environment.

Typical responsibilities could include:

  • Research and benchmarking for strategic planning for arts, culture & entertainment
  • Input to operational and experiential requirements for performing or visual arts planning
  • Technical document preparation and presentation for clear communication with design teams and users
  • Provide high quality deliverables within time constraints
  • Undertake drawing and modelling work
  • Develop innovative solutions within constraints of project budgets
  • Contribute to and review designs of other parties
  • Interface with operators of operators of arts, culture & entertainment venues to develop understanding, build consensus and facilitate decision making

The role is part of a team of specialists, where the graduate would learn and develop skills across all areas including and understanding of venue technical systems.

What we look for

We are looking for graduates with an understanding of the dynamics of the economic/experiential drivers within the arts, culture & entertainment sector through first-hand experience. We are looking for people with curiosity and personal drive to influence the way the built environment shapes experience.

We’re looking for the following qualifications, attributes and skills:

  • Enthusiasm for the design of facilities for the performing arts and / or other related sectors
  • Good degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. architecture, planning, cultural planning)
  • Experience of working in performing arts or events production or management
  • Proficiency in use of Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Proficiency in use of AutoCad and Revit (desirable)
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Good time management and ability to work concurrently on multiple projects
  • Excellent communications skills (eg written, verbal, drawing , infographic, photographic and face-to-face)
  • Keen sense of maintaining high standards
  • Creative in developing solutions that respond to multiple requirements
  • Knowledge of the construction industry
  • Ability to maintain personal effectiveness and team relationships at times of significant pressure

If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the way the economic and experiential factors interface with physical planning and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we’d like to hear from you.

What we offer

There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You’ll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including:

  • A competitive salary and welcome bonus
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
  • An interesting and varied workload where you’ll make a tangible difference to the world
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
  • The support you need to develop your career through professional accreditation and training

Additional details

The deadline for applications is 12th December 2016.

Our Graduate Welcome and Skills Week will take place in September 2017. Although we can be flexible on start dates we would hope that the successful candidate will join their peers for this event.

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