Closing date: 10:00 on Thursday 29 November 2018
Interview date: Monday 10 December 2018
Start date: Monday 14 January 2019 or depending on successful candidate

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. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by participants to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

The Arts Industry and Marketplace Office sits within the Participant Services team and exists to support the journey of arts industry professionals seeking to engage with Fringe participants and saw a record 1,360 arts industry professionals from 42 different countries accredited during the 2018 Fringe. The development and promotion of the vital marketplace role of the Fringe is a key commitment of the Society and we are therefore seeking to appoint an experienced individual to the position of Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager (reporting to the Head of Participant Services).

The Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager is a new position and we are seeking an experienced manager to bring fresh perspective, creative thinking and an ability to generate new ideas to this important area of the Fringe Society’s work. They will lead on the development and delivery of the programmes the Fringe Society offers to visiting programmers, producers and wider industry professionals etc. including management of the year-round engagement programme, the expanded seasonal Arts Industry Office and related professional development projects.

Role and responsibilities

You will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

Arts Industry and Marketplace:

  • Working with the Head of Participant Services to develop and implement domestic and international engagement strategies for increasing attendance and engagement by industry professionals.
  • Maintaining an overview of domestic and international platforms, arts markets and opportunities for engagement.
  • Supporting the delivery (including content generation) of in person and online information sessions about attending the Fringe.
  • Leading on the set up, development and delivery of the structure of the Arts Industry and Marketplace Office at the Fringe including accreditation, ticketing, management of advice and signposting of relevant work, resources for accreditees, associated events and delivery of linked support programmes.
  • Recruiting and managing a seasonal team of staff (approx 6 people).
  • Managing relationships between the Arts Industry Office and the Fringe venue network.
  • Managing the Society’s annual Young Arts Industry Programme.
  • Building and managing year-round stakeholder relationships and partnerships on behalf of the Society.
  • Creating content for and other relevant platforms for communication with arts industry and participants.
  • Coordinating of Promoter Plus – the delegate programme linked to Made in Scotland including management of invitation process and support for delegates on the ground.
  • Contributing where required to the strategic development of the Made in Scotland programme.


  • Supporting and contributing where relevant to the Fringe Central Events Programme.
  • Working closely with the Artist Development Manager and identifying areas of collaboration and partnership between the two areas of work.
  • Supporting the delivery of participant focussed sustainability, community and accessibility projects and partnerships where appropriate.
  • Attending and speaking at events on behalf of the Fringe Society.
  • UK wide and international travel to represent the Fringe Society where required.
  • Managing project budgets and providing reports as requested.

Person specification


  • Demonstrable experience of event conception and coordination.
  • Proven experience of managing delegate programmes whether in a marketplace or conference setting.
  • A good understanding of national / international performing arts touring circuits.
  • Exceptional people skills, with the ability to interact, liaise and communicate effectively and easily with a broad range of people in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with internal and external partners.
  • Strong presentation skills and confidence in public speaking.
  • Excellent administrative, time management and organisational skills.
  • Experience of recruiting and managing a team


  • Box office experience.
  • Previous experience working in a performing arts environment.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this post is circa £30,000 per annum, plus 4.5% employer pension contribution. We offer 34 days annual leave including 6 public holidays over Christmas/New Year and Easter.

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Some additional evening and weekend work may be required. There is no overtime entitlement, but the Society does maintain a TOIL policy outwith the festival period.

During the festival you will be required to work six days a week (42 hours). Due to intense activity during certain periods of the year, the fact that no TOIL is accrued during the festival period and that only six public holidays are recognised, the Society feels that employees benefit from an extended holiday over the Christmas and New Year period. The Society will award six “Festival Fringe” days over and above your annual holiday entitlement to count towards this period.

Some UK and International travel and attendance at events outside normal working hours will be required.

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How to apply

You can apply for this position using our online recruitment portal where you can manage and complete your application for available vacancies.



The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.

Application deadline: 29th November, 2018