Flys (Automation) Technicians

Permanent contracts x2

Full time; 42.5 hours per week

Starting salary: £37,812 [Grade E Technician] and £41,265.12 [Grade D Senior Technician]

Based in: Covent Garden, London (with flexibility to work varied hours including travel and work at other locations on ROH business if required)

Who we are:

The Royal Opera House continues to lead the way in opera, ballet, music and dance both live on stage and through multiple digital platforms, from live streaming to worldwide cinema screenings. The Royal Opera House wants to share these life-changing artforms with as many people as we can, working to enrich the cultural life of the nation by growing the public enjoyment and appreciation of exceptional ballet and opera.

The role:

Our Technical, Production and Costume Department plays a leading part in ensuring our performances are of the highest quality by delivering technical excellence for every performance, rehearsal, and event. We are seeking to appoint to two posts- one Technician and one Senior Technician to join our Flys team. The roles involve working as part of the Flys Team to ensure the operational and production requirements of rehearsals and performances are carried out to the highest possible standard of safety, efficiency, and quality.

As part of our recent upgrade programme, the ROH has worked with Tait to Develop and Launch the EpiQ Automation Control system, ensuring the ROH as an industry leader in Automated Flying. The ROH has a fully automated Flys system whilst still applying the principals of Manual Flying in our work. As such, whilst we will provide training in the specifics of our system, we do require some automation experience as a foundation.

What you`ll bring:

These roles will suit a team player with a collaborative approach to working and strong communication skills. You will be able to illustrate an ability to work unsupervised and show initiative in dealing with day-to-day problems, as well as a willingness to learn new skills and help train others. You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • An excellent track record in technical theatre, preferably including the staging of opera and/or ballet. Current experience is essential.
  • Excellent record as a trained and safe operator of an automated flying system (ROH or equivalent).
  • An appreciation of technical aspects of performance, with an understanding of the broader technical needs of other departments.
  • Good understanding of AutoCAD.
  • Good Knowledge of Health and Safety relevant to the safe operation of a flying system or automation more broadly.

For more information on these roles or if you have any questions, please contact Rob Melhuish the Senior Flys Manager who will be happy to discuss these with you at or on 07940008759.

How to apply:

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, then we`d love to hear from you. A full job description is attached below, along with the ROH information pack which includes details on what benefits we offer. If you have any access requirements for your application, please contact the ROH Recruitment Team on

The Royal Opera House is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from those who are currently underrepresented in our Technical workforce; in particular, those who are female, from a global majority background and/or disabled. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential minimum criteria for our vacancies.

Closing date for applications: 8am, Thursday 16th November 2023

Interviews will be held on the 20th and 24th November 2023.

Applicants must have work authorisation for the UK. No agencies.

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