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Chief operating officer

Chief operating officer

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 17/05/2022
Permanent position
£71,000 to £80,000 per year

Salary: £65,000-80,000

Location: Predominantly based in the London Studio (at least 7 days out of 10).  Some international travel required. 

Hours: Core studio hours are 10am – 6pm

Application Deadline: Monday 16th May, 12.00pm

First Interviews: Wednesday 25th May

Second Interviews: Friday 27th May


59 Productions is an award-winning design studio and production company based in London and New York. Our focus is on ‘story driven design’ – finding new ways of telling amazing stories through world-class, multi-disciplinary design.

Our studio of artists, architects, designers, writers, producers and technologists have helped create countless exciting and diverse cultural moments around the world: the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the design and creative direction of the record-breaking David Bowie Is exhibition, the design and production of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings in Washington DC with Apollo 50 – Go for the Moon, the design and delivery of the VR Documentary Grenfell: Our Home and all-encompassing design projects in which auditorium, stage and creative concept come together in productions such as Manchester International Festival’s Invisible Cities

We are seeking a highly experienced and exceptionally capable candidate for a new-look COO position in our evolving creative business. Having successfully navigated the pandemic, we are renewing and sharpening our core focus: creative excellence in interdisciplinary design. 

We are looking for the right candidate to take on a COO position with responsibility for a number of business-critical matters spanning operations, people and culture, and recruitment. Day-to-day financial oversight will also be part of the role, and whilst responsibility for high-level financial management will remain with the CFO, a good level of financial literacy is essential.

Reporting directly to the CEO the position will carry a mandate for a significant degree of executive decision-making.

The appointee will offer an interrogative and constructive partnership with the CEO, working hand-in-glove to help to balance the ambitions and creative priorities of the business with long-term goals, financial objectives and operational realities.

The COO will be responsible for overseeing and developing Senior Team function, currently the forum for bridging between the Executive and the Heads of Department, and to do so with a focus on continual appraisal and evolution of interdepartmental function.

This will be an exciting role of significant importance  and value to the company. Success will see improvements in company decision-making efficiency and increased creative agility, as well as heightened levels of team belonging and satisfaction. 

If you feel that you do not see yourself represented either in the cultural sector or in this particular professional area because of any part of your identity that makes you special, we would particularly like to hear from you.


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Excellent operational skills, able to make the right things happen at the right time
  • Experience and track record of success in developing plans and programmes to improve organisations
  • Significant experience in HR, people management and recruitment 
  • Ability and proven experience in developing, driving and influencing the best possible working relationships across departments and in building and developing wider company culture 
  • Ability and willingness to work to a Board’s vision as directed on a day-to-day basis by the CEO (as a private company with director-shareholders, there are no other significant stakeholders or public partners to whom the business is answerable)
  • Demonstrable and high level of financial understanding, able to understand and interpret financial information in order to make key operational decisions 
  • High level of Emotional intelligence, empathy and an ability to build relationships across all levels
  • A sensitivity to when decisions can be taken autonomously and when matters need to be referred upwards 
  • Able to communicate exceptionally well both internally and to a range of interested parties as well as clients 

59 is establishing a flexible approach to working which is designed to be reciprocal. Some flexibility in out-of-hours working will be essential.

Like many other organisations, we are considering with renewed focus what diversity means to us. We are dedicating time and resources to ensuring our recruitment processes and workplace ensure everyone feels valued and respected, especially those who are often excluded or underrepresented. We know from experience that when we have people from diverse demographics, diverse mindsets and diverse experiences in the creative conversation, we create better work. We also know that we have a long way to go to get this right, or at the very least to make it considerably better, but we are trying. Whoever comes into this role will have a significant responsibility in ensuring a diverse working environment - contributing heavily to creating a better company. Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Years of experience

    Salary range

    • £71,000 to £80,000 per year