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Instrument Technician


Support the efficient and successful delivery of Babcock LDP Music instrument loan/hire to individuals, schools and funded ensembles/organisations across Devon/Torbay Music Education Hubs. You will contribute to Babcock LDP Music and Devon/Torbay Music Education Hubs’ strategy in line with Babcock LDP objectives, National Plan for Music Education priorities and Arts Council England funding requirements; as well as ensuring all children and young people in Devon and Torbay have access to a wide variety of high quality music experiences.

Blackdown Park South View Industrial Estate
Contract Type
Full-Time Permanent
Closing Date
19th November 2020

Major Tasks and Activities:

• Working as part of a team, deliver the efficient provision of instrument loan/hire to individuals, schools and funded ensembles/organisations;
• Assess instruments and equipment for necessary cleaning, repair and maintenance;
• Carry out routine cleaning of all instruments before release on hire / loan;
• Carry out routine repair and maintenance of instruments in at least one major category (i.e. one or more of woodwind, brass, strings);
• Maintain and prepare First Access instrument sets and accessories for schools e.g. ocarinas, ukuleles, recorders;
• Maintain and log stock levels of instrument accessories (rosin, valve oil, mouthpieces etc.) and re-order as needed;
• Maintain and prepare world percussion sets for schools, e.g. samba, djembes, steel pans;
• Track demand for instruments and condition of current stock, identify shortfall and liaise with wider team to facilitate purchase of appropriate new & replacement instruments;
• Unpack, check & label all new stock;
• Maintain music library including checking scores/parts in & out and cataloguing new music;
• Periodically assess and dispose of old/unused stock;
• Assist with logistics at events, such as concerts, festivals and conferences, including on-site set up and loading and unloading of vehicles;
• Transport instruments and equipment to / from rehearsals and other events where necessary using Babcock LDP or hired vehicles;
• Use database (Syrinx) to maintain & update stock records & status;
• Interact with schools and customers for planning deliveries/collections in conjunction with Administration & Facilities Co-ordinator;
• Promote musical events and opportunities to parents, schools and wider communities, to increase participation

Key Accountabilities and Deliverables for the role:

• Contribute to regular Operations Team meetings;
• Contribute to robust and efficient operational and administrative planning and procedures.

Role measures:

• Babcock LDP Music provides a successful and efficient instrument loan/hire service to individuals, schools and funded ensembles/organisations across Devon and Torbay.

Additional Key Accountabilities:

• Protect assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference;
• Comply with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Financial Responsibility:

• Ensure that revenue generated from services such as instrument hire is accurately invoiced, collected and recorded;
• Ensure appropriate measures are followed for the commissioning of work and purchasing of resources, including musical instruments.

What do I need to do the role?

Sector Knowledge

• Personal skills or an interest in musical performance.
• Knowledge of the role of Music Education Hubs in delivering the National Plan for Music Education;
• Basic practical instrument repair skills with the desire and aptitude to develop these further.

Required Skills/Education/Qualifications

• Outstanding organisational, administrative and communication skills – essential;
• Relevant experience in a similar role – desirable;

Knowledge and Skills

• Practical instrument repair skills with the desire and aptitude to develop these further – essential;
• Knowledge of a wide range of musical instruments, digital music technology and related equipment/resources – essential;
• Attention to detail and a conscientious can do approach to work – essential;
• Outstanding spoken and written communication skills with the ability to effectively liaise with internal and external agencies and stakeholders – desirable;
• Outstanding IT skills, including a working knowledge of internet and social media as a means of communication and learning – desirable;

Essential experience:
• Personal skills or an interest in musical performance.

• Experience of working within the music education and/or wider arts sectors.

What else do I need to know?

All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage.

We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.

Company Information

Babcock Education is the largest integrated education support service provider in the UK.

Babcock Education combines the best commercial practice with the values and principles of the public sector, working with schools and settings, extended services, local authorities, colleges, government departments and agencies to improve the life chances of all children and young people. Our long term strategic partnerships enable learners, teachers and communities to fulfil their potential through world-class education.

Babcock is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Application Guidance

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If you experience difficulties please visit our website. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talented people who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment.

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

Job reference: 32754

How to Apply

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Closing Date:
19th November 2020
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