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Fringe Central Deputy Manager
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Opportunity closes: 27th Jun 2022
Type: Fixed-Term Job
Based: Scotland
Salary: min £420.00

Website: edfringe.com
Instagram: @edfringe


The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Seventy-five years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. In 2019, over 30,000 artists put on 3,841 shows in 323 venues right across Edinburgh.

The Fringe Society was founded by artists to nurture and uphold the Fringe's values of inclusivity, experimentation and imagination. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate; provide information and assistance to audiences; and celebrate the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

We are seeking to appoint two experienced individuals to the position of Fringe Central Deputy Manager.

The Artist Services team provides a comprehensive year-round support service for Fringe participants. This includes support and advice in relation to the professional and creative development of all those who take part in the Fringe including artists, arts industry members, venues and performing companies. During August we programme and deliver Fringe Central – the resource centre for participants in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe catering to the needs of arts companies, media representatives and arts industry professionals during the festival season. Fringe Central becomes the hub from which our Artist Services and Media teams operate during the festival and sees a huge range of events delivered for participants.

The Fringe Central team consists of the Fringe Central Manager, two Fringe Central Deputy Managers and five Fringe Central Assistants. The Fringe Central Deputy Managers will report to the Fringe Central Manager and will be required to support the operations of Fringe Central including its programme of events and associated offices.

Role and responsibilities

In this role, you will need the confidence and patience to deal with hundreds of performers and participants on a daily basis in a fast-paced and hectic environment.

The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Supporting the set-up, running and get-out of Fringe Central
  • Supervising management of resources in Fringe Central, including services provided to Fringe participants
  • Supporting the Fringe Central events delivery including any production, catering or operational requirements, event ticketing and issue resolution as well as communicating appropriate and detailed event information to all relevant stakeholders
  • Collecting feedback and doing post-event analysis on effectiveness and success of events and services
  • General administrative duties and daily Fringe Central tasks
  • Assisting in the supervision and training of the Fringe Central Assistants
  • Deputising for the Fringe Central Manager when they are off-site
  • Assisting the Fringe Central Manager and wider team with various projects during the festival.

Person specification


  • Proven event or venue management experience.
  • Experience and enjoyment of working in extremely busy, dynamic, creative environments.
  • Excellent administrator with highly developed time management skills and a keen attention to detail.
  • Professional and friendly approach in communicating with all stakeholders.
  • Experience of team management.
  • The ability to solve problems confidently, calmly and efficiently.
  • Experience of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Familiarity with Health and Safety regulations.
  • An understanding of manual handling techniques.


  • First aid training.
  • Basic lighting and sound experience.

Rate of pay and hours of work

The rate of pay for this post is £420.00 per week (35 hours).

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday with a one hour unpaid lunch break. In the run up to and during the festival you will be required to work 42 hours over six days a week on a shift pattern covering the hours of 09:00 to 21:00, Monday to Sunday. Your working hours will be organised according to a rota system which the Society will notify you of in advance of the Fringe. During this period, your rate of pay will increase to £504 per week to reflect the extra hours worked.

We use positive action under section 159 of the Equality Act in relation to disability or race. This means that if we have two candidates of equal merit in our process, we will seek to take forward the D/deaf, disabled, Black, Asian or ethnically diverse candidate in order to diversify our staff team.