Training and Professional Development Manager

Independent Cinema Office


Salary: £34,505 - £37,595 pa (dependent on experience)

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the national organisation for the support and development of the independent cinema exhibition sector in the UK. It offers film programming services to cinemas, brings films into distribution and is the main provider of events, training and advice for the independent cinema sector. It works with the main funding bodies in film exhibition, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Its film programming clients include cinemas as diverse as the Watershed in Bristol, the Broadway in Nottingham and Hebden Bridge Picture House. In 2018 it released the films The Piano, Blood Simple and the Revolt, She Said touring programme, amongst others.

It also delivers Screening Days, a national and regional showcase for cultural cinema for film societies, community cinemas and cinemas. It offers a portfolio of national and internationally renowned training programmes for exhibitors and distributors, and manages Film Hub South East which is part of the Film Audience Network (FAN) funded by the BFI.

The ICO was founded in 2003 with a vision of everyone in the UK having access to life-changing cinema, and organising training and professional development opportunities are at the heart of our mission. We are industry leaders in this field, establishing the UK’s first formal training opportunities to support the development of individuals working in the independent film exhibition sector and build their key skills and knowledge.

We organise inspirational training courses and professional development opportunities around the UK and internationally on audience development, digital marketing, management skills, film festival development and much more. In addition to our open courses we also offer bespoke training for organisations and individual one-to-one sessions.

This is a unique opportunity to take ownership of and grow a world-class training portfolio working with a diverse range of partner organisations and individuals both nationally and internationally to ensure that our sector is successful, innovative and progressive. The ICO is a small arts organisation and the individual we are seeking must be a self-starter and creative thinker with the ability to devise new programmes, as well as a capable project manager with the skills to fully manage the delivery of a range of activities.

You must be willing to work hard and try your hand to anything as well as be able to prioritise your own time, be calm and unflappable, work to deadlines and contribute to the team. You must be proactive, articulate, able to use your own initiative to juggle a variety of tasks and delegate when appropriate, and be ready to undertake your own administration. In return, we can offer responsibility, opportunities for your own training and development and the chance to work with a friendly, creative team working at the forefront of independent film exhibition in the UK.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, income or disability status. We actively encourage applications from anyone who identifies as coming from a marginalised background, and they will be encouraged to bring their experiences to their role and to foster broader understanding in the ICO team.

We would be happy to consider this role either on a full-time basis or in a flexible and/or part time structure. Please indicate your preference on your application form.

The ICO is based in central London near Oxford Circus.

A job description and application form can be downloaded below:

Please post your completed application form to:

Independent Cinema Office (ICO)
3rd Floor Kenilworth House
79-80 Margaret Street

Please note: we do not accept CVs or emailed applications.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 30th August 2019. Tests for the post will be held in the week commencing 2nd September 2019 and interviews in the week commencing 9th September 2019.

The closing date for this position is 30/08/2019 at 17:00

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