Stage Manager at Peckham Levels

Do you want to work for an exciting, fun and growing start up where people matter? Do you want to be part of a team that is motivated by achieving positive social change for local communities?

Then this might be the role for you!


Peckham Levels aims to support local talent to create thriving enterprises. Now in its second year of operation, the project is looking to build on the successes of its first year and continue to expand its impact and reach.

All of our Members are independent businesses, mostly drawn from the local area, and all of them share a passion for the local area. A percentage of the revenue from the project is used to support social action programmes offered by the Make Shift Foundation, our charitable arm.

We are a small team with a start-up mentality, where everyone goes beyond the call of duty to achieve our ambitious goals. We are looking for talented, flexible people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and are driven by the opportunity to inspire positive social change. If you think you are the right person to help us, we’d love to hear from you.

Peckham Levels is a part of Make Shift, a platform that provides local talent the space, network and investment they need to create thriving enterprises. Together, we strengthen resilience and build capacity in our communities.


The Stage Manager role for Peckham Levels is responsible for the day-to-day operations and delivery of the public and private events schedule across site. This role must have a good understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of a performance so they can ensure it's delivered exactly to the event manager/client’s requirements.


The Peckham Levels stage manager will supervise technical matters. Including reviewing event technical requirements with various people involved in planning the performance, such as the act, the act’s manager and technicians. The stage manager will monitor lighting, speakers, microphones and other equipment during all events. Before a concert, they will supervise lamp, sound, rigging and other stage equipment tests. They also supervise specialised concert element testing, such as pyrotechnics tests, if applicable. During a performance, they make technical adjustments or call cues to a technical crew handling the equipment.


The stage manager clears the stage prior to the performance and advises the act when it’s time to go onstage. Besides equipment technical cues, a stage manager also cues other stage actions, such as opening and closing stage, if applicable, at the start, intermission and end of the concert. Afterward, they supervises stage cleanup and removal, loading and of stage elements provided by the act. If an act stores stage elements at the venue, they supervise on-site transport and storage.

Key Responsibilities

-       Support the preparation and setup of all Peckham Levels public, private and inhouse events whenever necessary.

-       Supporting event manager with administrative preparation and coordination of events.

-       Operational management during events.

-       Management of freelance event staff.

-       Sound and Lighting technical operation and maintenance.

-       Management of event facilities and security.

-       Liaising with clients & performers for event preparation, marketing and coordination.

-       Regulating health and safety risk assessments and fire hazards.

-       Supporting design team with set/venue design and decoration labor.

-       Confirming professional breakdown of events; secure, clean storage for all event areas and equipment. 

-       Completing event reports on a weekly basis.

Operation of sound equipment in all events, to ensure the best acoustic results. 


We’re interested in meeting people who share our passion. People who care about community spaces being truly open and inclusive, and who are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Events are an enormous opportunity at Peckham Levels, and we’re looking for someone who can create a vibrant events programme that makes everyone feel welcome in our space and who is a master-organiser who can run events with pinpoint precision.

This probably means that you:

  • Are highly creative - you can think around corners and perform dizzying feats of mental acrobatics when it comes to solving complex challenges with simple solutions.

  • Love to learn - we’re a close-knit team, and often collaborate on projects outside of our expertise. We need someone who can thrive on the positive but can also take feedback constructively and, vitally, use what they’ve learned to get better.

  • Like being accountable - in our small team, we’re each directly responsible for our own work and we need someone who is able to take responsibility immediately and effectively from day one.   

  • Are an all-round events whizz - you want to get your hands dirty developing processes and strategies and handling the running of events.

What this is likely to mean in real life, is:

  • -       Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in an event management or technical role

    -       Experience of working to budgets and KPIs

    -       Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in live sound engineering.


Location: Peckham Levels - Peckham

Salary: £25-27k DOE

Working Days and Expected Working Hours: 40 hours per week, this may vary and will almost always include weekends. Rotas are set 2 weeks in advance

Holiday: 30 days plus Bank Holidays


Stage 1 - Telephone Interview - a 30-minute initial chat with 2 members of the Make Shift team.

Stage 2 - In-Person Interview - a 75-minute meeting with Make Shift’s Events Lead along with colleagues from the Events and Marketing team and Peckham Levels site team.


Deadline for all applications: 4th September 2019

Please send a cover letter of no more than 1 side of a4 and your CV to with the subject line: PECKHAM LEVELS STAGE MANAGER

We are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.