Job details

Job title: Building Manager

Duration:  7-11 September 2021, plus training days on both Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September. 

Core hours: Hours will be assigned between the core hours of 09:00- 22:00 and will be confirmed on appointment.

Location: Chelmsford

Rate: £10.50 per hour


The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. We bring an inspiring programme of free events to the public over five days, bursting with exciting opportunities to get involved in. Our talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone.

The British Science Festival 2021 is to take place in Chelmsford from 7 – 11 September 2021, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.  Working in partnership with the University and other organisations in the region, the Festival will celebrate the world-leading research taking place at Anglia Ruskin University and more broadly across Essex and East Anglia. It will shine a spotlight on areas such as energy, transport, healthcare and digital innovation, by celebrating the people, stories and ideas behind the science.

The British Science Festival is due to be one of the most ambitious science festivals held since the advent of the pandemic in the UK last March – will you be a part of it?

About the role

The British Science Association is recruiting Building Managers to work during the British Science Festival 2021. The Festival will be held in Chelmsford city centre and at the Anglia Ruskin University from 7-11 September 2021, hosted by the Anglia Ruskin University. This role is based at the Anglia Ruskin University, but some events may require support in Chelmsford city centre. 

Building Managers act as the main point of contact between the Festival Assistants, the members of the public, and the BSA Operations Team. You will be responsible for a small team of Festival Assistants and ensuring that all necessary tasks are completed in order to secure a smooth running order of the Festival events in the building/venue you are allocated.  

You will be expected to deal with any issues that may arise within your venue during the Festival and work with other Building Managers across the campus to react to changing situations and delegate emerging tasks. You will also assist with evacuation and access to your venue, tasks for which training will be provided.

This is an opportunity to develop your experience in event and temporary staff management as well as developing leadership skills and gaining further insight into how a large event works behind the scenes.

Main duties

  • Acting as a point of contact and representative for Festival Assistants, members of the public and guest speakers 
  • Using initiative to solve problems as they arise with assistance from the BSA Operations Team and other Building Managers as required
  • Liaising with the BSA Operations Team to escalate problems and complete tasks as required to ensure the smooth running of the Festival
  • Managing Festival Assistants within your venue and ensuring that they complete all necessary tasks, including responsibility for assistant’s schedules
  • Assisting Festival Assistants in ensuring events within your venue run smoothly 
  • Assisting with evacuation and access, in addition to fire-marshalling, as required by your venue (training provided)
  • Ensure people adhere to COVID-19 regulations set by the British Science Festival

About you



  • Confidence in leading a team and delegating tasks
  • An ability to stay calm under pressure, showing initiative and solving problems
  • Experience, tact and skill working with the public
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • An ability to work flexibly
  • Comfortable with responsibility


  • Knowledge of Chelmsford
  • ​Student at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Based in Chelmsford or Essex
  • Experience  of volunteering at or attending previous Science Festivals
  • Experience in managing temporary staff or volunteers
  • Experience in event management

To apply

If you are interested in applying, please download and fill in our short application form. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE. 

Once completed upload it 
onto the BSA recruitment portal via the following link:

The closing date for applications is 23:59 Sunday 11 July.  

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after this date to arrange a time for a short interview before a final decision is made.  

As part of the British Science Association’s commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, all disabled* applicants who meet the ‘essential criteria’ for this vacancy will be offered an interview under our guaranteed interview scheme. 

If you wish to apply under the guaranteed interview scheme, you will be asked to indicate this when you submit your application by selecting ‘yes’ in the relevant box when asked during the application process. Applicants do not need to state any further information or declare their disability at the application stage.

Whether you are applying under the scheme or not, if you are successful in being shortlisted, we will ask candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions to let us know if they need any adjustments during the recruitment process. If you have further questions or would like this information in a different format, please contact: [email protected]  

Download the candidate pack for this role as a pdf or view our text-only version of the pack here.

Terms and conditions

The Building Managers will be working at the British Science Festival in Chelmsford between 7-11 September 2021 and will be required to attend an overnight training course in the week prior to the Festival, where they will receive full training in evacuation and access as required by their venue, as well as an introduction to all the venues on campus. 

Please note that the responsibilities of this role are provisional and are subject to change in alignment with COVID-19 regulations. 

The assignment is offered at a salary of £10.50 per hour. You will be allocated no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 09:00-22:00 on the Anglia Ruskin University Campus, for four or five days (including up to a one-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break per day, depending on hours worked). If successful, your hours will be fully outlined in your offer letter.  

The training days on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day. 
The BSA will not be covering travel, accommodation, or subsistence costs for the duration of the Festival, but can provide information about accommodation, if required.

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*The Disability Confident scheme’s definition of disability is in line with the Equalities Act 2010: “a physical or mental condition which has a long-term and substantial effect on your daily life”.  Further information about our Disability Confident commitments can be found on the Disability Confident page of our website.