JOB TITLE: Building Manager (British Science Festival)

DURATION: 10-13 September 2019, plus Training Days on Thursday 5 & Friday 6 September.

CORE HOURS: Hours will be assigned between the core hours of 09:00- 21:00 and will be confirmed on appointment.

LOCATION: University of Warwick Campus and/or Coventry City Centre

RATE: £10.00 per hour

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists. Further information about the British Science Festival can be found here.

The British Science Association is recruiting Building Managers to work during the British Science Festival 2019. The Festival will be held in Coventry city centre and the University of Warwick from 10-13 September 2019, hosted by the University of Warwick. This role is based at the University of Warwick Campus, but some events may require support in Coventry 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.

Job description

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)

Person specification


  • 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 Coventry & Warwickshire
  • Experience of volunteering at or attending previous Science Festivals
  • Experience of managing temporary staff or volunteers
  • Experience of event management

Terms and conditions

The Building Managers will be working at the British Science Festival in Coventry and Warwickshire between 10-13 September 2019 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.

The position is offered at a salary of £10.00 per hour. You will be allocated no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 09:00-21:00 on the University of Warwick Campus, for four 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 5 and Friday 6 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will provide overnight accommodation in Coventry if required and reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day.

The BSA can provide information about accommodation on site for the duration of the Festival if required. 

Download the job description (pdf)

To apply

If you are interested in applying, please upload CV and short covering letter summarising your interest in this post to the BSA recruitment portal by 23:59 on Sunday 2 June.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange a short telephone interview to be held on Monday 10 June before a final decision is made.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a charity committed to diversity. The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially discriminating factor. We particularly welcome applications from local candidates.

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.  You will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.  You will also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.