Assistant orchestra manager

Assistant orchestra manager

Application deadline 16 February 2020

The Göteborg Opera's orchestra consists of 86 musicians and plays in most of the performances on the big stage. The orchestra department consists of the orchestra, orchestral stage managers, orchestra manager and assistant orchestra manager.

If you are well-versed in how an orchestra functions, have good leadership qualities and dream of being part of our orchestral team, you might be the person we are looking for!

About the role

In your role you will assist the orchestra manager with strategic and operational work which will include personnel responsibilities, work environment and budget planning. Together with the orchestra manager, you ensure that the orchestra is optimally staffed and functioning well as a group. You contribute actively to the Göteborg Opera’s vision and mission. This role is one of two senior positions that form the orchestral leadership, so you and the orchestra manager will further develop this role together. You report to the orchestra manager and are part of the Opera/Drama management group.


  • Work management and strategic development work
  • Recruitment, planning and staffing
  • Detailed planning of services for specific instrument groups
  • Systematic monitoring of the work environment, individual development talks, rehabilitation etc.
  • Budget monitoring
  • Represent the employer in negotiations and trade union cooperation
  • Member of the Opera/Drama management team
  • Contracts and other administration

About you

To succeed in this role you have both experience and a great interest in working in this area.  You should also have experience with staff-intensive high-performance operations. You are used to working  systematically with the work environment and to collaborate and communicate with larger groups. As a person you are structured and determined, communicative, clear, motivated and responsive. Good communicative ability combined with a genuine interest in people and a humble attitude are particular qualities we are looking for. As this assignment contains both long-term strategic development work as well as detailed planning, high demands are placed on your flexibility. As a person you should be humble, hard-working and secure. You have a relevant college/university education. It is a merit if you have a musical education and leadership training as well as a wide contact network.

As we work in an international environment, you should have a good knowledge of English, both in speech and writing.

You have experience using Office 365.

What can the Göteborg Opera offer you?

We believe that you are a person who wants to develop in your role and grow in your leadership. Therefore, we will offer you development opportunities through our employer organisation, Swedish Performing Arts, and our main owner, the Västra Götaland region.

As an employee of the Göteborg Opera you have a number of benefits. We have our own staff dining room and staff newspaper, various contract insurances, free open healthcare and discounted tickets to our performances. We believe that for a sustainable professional life you need to take care of your physical health. In addition to health care allowances, we have our own gym and provide free exercise in the house.

The employment

The employment is a full-time permanent position with an initial probationary period of 6 months. Work on evenings and weekends occurs. Access May 1, 2020 or by arrangement. Location: Gothenburg.


For more information about the role, please contact orchestra manager Mette Berntzen, +46 31-10 80 61. If you have questions about the recruitment process, contact HR specialist Eva-Lena Nordstierna, +46 31-10 81 39. The union representative is Frida Goodrich, Teaterförbundet, +46 31-10 80 00.

Please note that we only accept applications send by the Varbi recruitment system which you can reach via the link below. Attach your resumé and a personal letter telling us why you are applying for this role. Deadline is 16 February, 2020.

The Göteborg Opera strives for an even gender distribution and values ​​the qualities that diversity brings to our business. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and the will to develop in our business.

Apply for the position here


Mette Berntzen
Orchestra manager
+46 31 108 061

Eva-Lena Nordstierna
+46 31 108 139

Union representative, Teaterförbundet
Frida Goodrich
031-108000 (vxl)

Contact us

Christina Nilssons Gata, 411 04 Göteborg
Telephone (switch) 031–10 80 00
Ticket office & Restaurant 031–13 13 00

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