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City Chambers 249 High Street Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
£50,550 - £60,506 per year
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36 hours per week
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Event and Public Safety Operations Manager 
City Chambers

Salary: £50,550 - £60,506
Hours: 36 per week

The City of Edinburgh Council is looking for a motivated, innovative and dynamic leader to take on the role of Event and Public Safety Operations Manager. Edinburgh is the leading festival and events city and this role offers a unique opportunity to be at the heart of how it all works.

This role offers the opportunity to lead the team that looks after event planning for all major events and sports grounds in the City. Responsible for a small, but dedicated team of professional officers, the successful candidate will need to work with colleagues across the Council and with external stakeholders nationally and internationally to maintain and develop Edinburgh’s reputation as a vibrant, safe and sustainable world leading cultural capital.

• Develop and implement a work programme for the event and venues team, aligning this with the Council’s Culture Plan and Council Business Plan priorities.
• Lead and deliver event planning and operational management for all large and major events in the city, with a particular focus on event safety. This will include providing expert advice on event and venue safety, including best practice, guidance and appropriate legislation frameworks.
• Manage a team of specialist officers to ensure venues and events in Edinburgh are consistently advised to a high standard on how to operate safely. Ensure that workload is managed effectively and that team members are supported.
• Monitor the Event Operations budget, developing an annual programme of operational priorities and project managing their delivery within the available funding/timescales, in accordance with the Council’s financial regulations and demonstrating best value.
• Contract management for physical security contractors to ensure crowded spaces are protected appropriately, in accordance with the Council’s Procurement rules, and liaise with the relevant council teams to ensure works are coordinated.
• Chair Event Planning and Operation Group and Safety Advisory Group meetings for high-profile events and represent the Council in these meetings.
• Lead, on behalf of the Council, the planning and delivery of large events in the city, escalate issues and making recommendations to senior managers if issues arise and/or following events.
• Manage and coordinate council resources during event delivery, acting as the Council’s Tactical (Silver) Commander for large public events if required).
• Develop, enhance and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues, to ensure effective management of city event operations.
• Provide advice to the Council’s licensing service in relation to event and venue safety, providing reports and attending the Licensing Sub Committee as required.
• To initiate, develop and manage the implementation of new approaches to event planning and operations.

As part of our goal to improve our organisational culture and create a great place to work together for the people of Edinburgh, we want to make sure that we’re bringing the best people into our roles, not just in their skills and experience but also in their approach to work.

To help achieve this, we’re changing the way we interview and assess candidates by moving from a competency-based interview approach to a behavioural and technical (skills for the job) based approach. This new way of interviewing will allow us to assess how you think and how you would bring Our Behaviours of Respect, Integrity and Flexibility into your ways of working.


We're committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

You can find out more on Our Behaviours web page Our Behaviours – The City of Edinburgh Council

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range.

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