Ladies Senior Cutter

12 month fixed term contract from October 2014

We have a vacancy for a Senior Cutter in our Ladies department for a 12 month fixed term contract commencing October 2014.

This is a rare opportunity to work with internationally renowned costume designers in a production costume department uniquely situated in rural Sussex.

You should have significant experience at a senior level in cutting both period and modern garments and managing a workroom.

In addition, you will have excellent organisational skills, exceptionally high production standards and the commitment and ability to train and develop our skilled and talented staff.

For an insight of what it is like to work in our costume department please click here to see an article which appeared in the Guardian in August 2011.

Pauline Lecrass our Head of Costume would be pleased to discuss the role informally with anyone considering applying. She can be contacted on 01273 812321 or by email

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Discuss with designers the cutting requirements for productions, researching the style and cut of any period and advising on the choice and quantities of materials as required
  • To consult with the Head of Costume on production needs and discuss with them any issues arising out of the production process

  • Plan workload for both new productions and revivals advising the Head of Costume on staffing requirements and out work

  • Cut and fit costumes for new productions in both festival and tour . Re-cut  and refit costumes as required for revivals.

  • Manage production in workroom and supervise staff to ensure they are meeting deadline for fittings, dress rehearsals and planned completion dates, alerting the Head of Costume of any labour or material over runs.

  • Instruct staff in workroom procedures and production methods.

  • Appraise permanent and seasonal staff and contribute to the arrangement of learning and development activities

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Costume /Fashion
  • Significant experience at a senior level in a Costume production workroom to include cutting and constructing period and modern garments and alterations to existing costumes

  • Experience of staff supervision to include training and developing to a senior skill level

  • Good interpersonal and communications skills

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Ability to understand and communicate in everyday written and spoken English, although language tuition can be provided

Salary and Benefits

We can offer an attractive salary dependent on experience.

The contractual hours of work are 39 per week however you will be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role in the build-up to the Festival and Tour.

We offer a minimum of 33 days / 6.6 weeks holiday per year including public holidays.

We have excellent on site catering facilities, can offer a beautiful working environment, the opportunity to see world class opera and for those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.

How to Apply

Please apply by firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is 4 August 2014

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

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