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Senior Technician - Woodwork

Birmingham City University - Faculty Office - The Arts, Design and Media

Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 24 October 2023

Are you a skilled and passionate fine woodworker and craftsperson? Do you have experience of sharing knowledge and skills whilst maintaining safe and creative workshop facilities? If so, Birmingham City University, Art, Design and Media Faculty have an exciting opportunity for you to join our technical team as a Senior Technician -Woodwork.

Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to work right in the heart of the city, our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we work with each other. Our core values are: We create opportunity, We think differently, We build Community.

About the Role

The role is focused on supporting students in the production of high-quality outcomes for a range of courses, such as Architecture, Interior architecture, Landscape architecture and Product and Furniture Design as well as managing the safe and efficient running of the woodwork facilities. There is a strong emphasis on skill delivery, so we are looking for someone with a broad range of woodworking skills and experience.

This is a rewarding role, that has peaks and troughs in demand, the successful candidate will be expected to use excellent communication and organization skills to manage their time and workload and work closely with teaching staff to continuously deliver a high-quality experience to students. A co-operative and flexible approach is essential and may require the occasional weekend working at promotional events, open days, exhibitions, and training events. 

Whilst the role is centred on expertise in wood orientated processes, it is essential that the candidate can signpost or support students to use other materials and processes (plastics, metal, ceramics, etc) where appropriate.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Senior Technician, the successful candidate will be comfortable working within a team as well as on their own initiative. You will be expected to carry out all tasks associated with the running of a facility of this kind, this will involve:

  • Training students, through 1:1 instruction and group demonstrations.
  • Maintaining equipment, and scheduling machine servicing.
  • Ordering materials and recording material use and stock levels.
  • Championing sustainable working methods and use of resources. 
  • Managing appointment and demonstration bookings
  • General housekeeping tasks, and general workshop upkeep.
  • Creating and reviewing health and safety documentation.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety is maintained and put into practice at all times. 
  • Manage equipment loans and distribution.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with technical colleagues supporting their development and skill building.
  • Undertake your own skills and professional development.
  • Inspire workshop use for all students across our faculty. 
  • Use a range of common and specialized software.

The candidate should be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject (or equivalent level combination of qualifications, skills, and experience). Be able to demonstrate significant practical experience of woodwork at all scales and levels of production. Have strong communication skills with an ability to impart technical knowledge to individuals, groups of students, colleagues, and external organisations. Have good IT skills including Microsoft Office programs, be CAD literate, familiar with Asset Management software and online communication tools.

Essential Experience in the Following Areas:

  • Working knowledge in at least two other disciplines of Metal, Plastics, Ceramics, Textiles, Fashion and CAD equipment and techniques.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to undertake self-development and knowledge building.
  • Organizing and maintaining facilities and equipment.
  • Translating concept ideas and models into high quality outcomes
  • A working knowledge of a wide range of woods and materials 
  • Handmade wood jointing and construction techniques.
  • Experienced woodworking machine operation.
  • Experience of working with materials at different sizes and scales.
  • Laminating.
  • Wood turning.
  • Finishing processes.

 Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • CNC Router operation.
  • Steam bending.
  • Veneering.
  • First Aid training.
  • COSHH qualification.
  • IOSH/NEBOSH qualification.

Interviews will consist of a practical skills task and a formal question and answer interview.  For further information about the role, please contact:

The job listing will be closed as soon as sufficient applicants have been received.

If you are interested, please apply with a CV and a covering letter on the BCU Jobs website clearly setting out how your skills and experience match against the role.

Further details:   Job Description     Core Values  

The appointed candidate will normally be employed through our subsidiary company BCU Support Services Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Birmingham City University.


Birmingham City University is growing in quality and standing, with an academic STEAM agenda at the heart of our ambitions. We are transforming the lives of students and their communities, and want outstanding people to join us in taking us on the next stage of our exciting journey.  

Our students learn through doing. They are empowered throughout their educational journey, achieving significant educational gain and personal transformation.  

There has never been a better time to join us. Come and be part of the next exciting stage of our journey.


At the heart of our 2025 Strategy is our mission is to enable our students to transform their lives and to achieve their potential. Through our education and research, and the roles our graduates go on to play in the world, we not only support individuals to transform their lives, but we also play a part in transforming society.

Located in the centre of the UK’s second city, we are a university with a long heritage of innovation and of making, dating back to our origins in 1843 when we were founded as the Birmingham Government School of Design.  

Our heritage of making through innovation and its application through knowledge exchange, and of creative research and practice, today finds it expression in our STEAM agenda, in our research and enterprise, and in our commitment to challenge-based learning. Working across disciplines, and delivering impactful research and enterprise, interdisciplinarity is at the heart of the continuing transformation of our academic portfolio. 


Birmingham is home to a rich and diverse range of communities.  Our students reflect this rich cultural mix, and we are continuing to work to make sure that this is also reflected in our broader university community. 

Birmingham City University values the quality and diversity of our staff. Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we work with each other. Our core values are we create opportunity, we think differently, and we build community. 

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, continuously reviewing and improving our policies, practices, and procedures to ensure that we are promoting these in all aspects of our operations. We believe that by working together, combining our many different backgrounds and life experiences, we will empower each other to reach our full potential. 

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Our University is located in one of the most culturally rich and diverse Cities in the UK, and it is our ambition to be the University for Birmingham and the surrounding region. The events of 2020 have highlighted the stark inequalities that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities face and we are committed to removing the institutional barriers that our staff and students face and improve the representation, progression and success of staff and students from all backgrounds within higher education.  To demonstrate this, we have signed up to the Race Equality Charter to show our commitment.

Birmingham City University has been recognised for its progress on LGBT+ equality with a Gold award in the Stonewall Index and have entered the Top 100 Employers 2023 for LGBT+ inclusion. Meanwhile, we are Disability Confident (Committed) and are on an exciting journey to advance our University to progress through the Disability Confident scheme.

We are also a Mindful Employer, which means we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our staff, and we have also signed up to the Mental Health Charter led by student mental health charity Student Minds.   Furthermore, we are signed up to The Technician Commitment - a university and research institution initiative supported by the Science Council and Gatsby Foundation – aiming to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research.


The youngest city in Europe with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population, Birmingham is a city full of energy and enthusiasm and is a great place to live and work.

Based in the heart of England, the city is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Birmingham New Street station has recently undergone major redevelopment, while the city is at the heart of the high-speed rail network, HS2.  HS2 will provide new rapid rail travel connecting Birmingham City Centre to London and the rest of the network from the new Curzon Street Station – adjacent to Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus – and will be one of the most environmentally friendly stations in the world.

The city’s appetite for progression is boundless, and it has been championing innovation since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution, reflected in Birmingham City University’s new STEAMhouse building which opened in October 2022 and is home to an inter-disciplinary community of entrepreneurs, businesses, academic researchers, and students offering a wealth of support to companies of all sizes to boost growth through innovation to address commercial and societal challenges.

Birmingham is brimming with great theatres, museums, the world-famous Birmingham City University Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as beautiful historical buildings and the iconic Library of Birmingham. It also has amazing concert and sporting venues including Edgbaston Cricket ground, which Birmingham City University has a long-standing partnership with.  It is also home to the Alexander Stadium, which is the stunning new home for Birmingham City University’s sport courses.  The Stadium was one of the main event spaces for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, which saw the eyes of the world on the city, and Birmingham City University staff and students played pivotal roles - including designing the official medals for winning athletes. 

Birmingham’s vibrant dining scene offers something for all tastes, including Michelin star restaurants, Spiceal Street at the Bullring, the Chinese Quarter, and the famous Balti Triangle.

The city also provides a great place to shop, being home the Bullring and Grand Central, the luxurious Mailbox Birmingham and the world-famous home of British bling - the Jewellery Quarter, which is home to Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.

From Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the beautiful arcades and independents, to the city’s historic markets in Digbeth, the shops in Birmingham offer a plethora of choice.

BCU Values underpin how we work in achieving the ambitions set out in our Strategy and Priorities, and are the principles that unite the way we work together and for our students.

Location: Parkside
Salary: £33,391 to £36,295 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd October 2023
Closes: 24th October 2023
Job Ref: 092023-429
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