Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is looking for a new Chief Technology Officer to replace the outgoing Rob Greig, who will become the Director of the new Parliamentary Digital Service in April and sit on the management boards of both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Reporting to the chief operating officer and with a seat on Covent Garden's Executive Committee, ROH is looking for an "experienced and inspirational digital technology leader to develop the ROH digital offerings, maximise the use of already established cloud platforms, reduce risk through highly effective technology governance, and add real value to the business" - while ensuring the opera house's position as a "digital and technology leader in the performing arts".

The job specification includes having a track record in the development of digital technologies using modern work practices such as Agile and ITIL, as well as experience delivering technology infrastructure and architecture.

The job description emphasises the key role the new CTO will play as part of the Royal Opera House Executive Team and member of its Technology Steering Group, acting as a "key spokesperson and champion for the Technology and Digital Development within the Executive Team and in delivering communications to board level, staff and customers".

The Royal Opera House has been a leader in the arts and theatre organisations - with the help of a large amount of Arts Council England funding - in embracing digital technologies to reach wider audiences, through a programme which has included live and recorded opera and ballet cinema relays, BBC radio and television broadcasts, free online streams and a number of sponsored free big-screen relays around the UK.

More information about the post is on the Royal Opera House careers page.

Covent Garden has however had a number of problems in past years with online ticket purchases as customers rush to get the latest opera and ballet tickets for upcoming performances on Bow Street, with the outgoing Greig promising that such issues "won't happen again" following a website overhaul and new open source framework to tackle the organisation's load balancing glitches.