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Senior Manager, Exhibitions (ArtScience Museum) at Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd

Senior Manager, Exhibitions (ArtScience Museum)

Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd Singapore Permanent
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The Senior Manager will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services on planning and delivering exhibitions at ArtScience Museum. The post-holder will take responsibility for the management of the daily operations of the Exhibitions team, acting as deputy for the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services as necessary.  The Senior Manager will provide guidance to the team of Project Managers, Producers and Curators, in all tasks relating to exhibition-making, from research, planning, budgeting to final production.  They will ensure that exhibitions are made to international museum standards and align with the vision of the museum as a place where art, science, technology and culture meet. 

The Senior Manager will also ensure the Exhibitions team works within the policies and procedures of Marina Bay Sands. 

Overview of the Opportunity


ArtScience Museum is looking for a driven and experienced professional to become Senior Manager of our Exhibitions team.  The new Senior Manager of Exhibitions will have a passion for exhibition-making, from planning to delivery. This is a senior, exciting role for an experienced project manager, producer or exhibitions manager wanting to work at scale and with an energetic team.

 


Background: ArtScience Museum


ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Since opening in February 2011, the museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, and M.C. Escher, as well as showing work by contemporary artists including Theo Jansen, Lynette Wallworth, Ryoji Ikeda, Yang Yongliang, Semiconductor, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Mariko Mori and many more. The museum has also presented significant exhibitions that explore aspects of science, including big data, particle physics, natural history, marine biology, cosmology and space exploration.

Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling nearly 5000m2, the museum’s lotus-inspired building has staged major international exhibitions in partnership with renowned museums and galleries around the world, including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, CCCB in Barcelona, the Ambrosiana in Milan, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne, and many others. 

ArtScience Museum also originates and produces exhibitions in-house, and runs a full programme of education, events, activities and learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

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Background: Exhibitions


Exhibitions at ArtScience Museum are usually large in scale, typically between 1000-1500m2, and range from projects on tour from other museum or galleries to exhibitions developed in-house, or in partnership with other institutions.  On average, the museum holds 4-5 temporary exhibitions per year, and maintains a permanent exhibition, Future World.  Temporary exhibitions can range from art-focused exhibitions, such as the shows on M.C. Escher and Theo Jansen, or science-focused shows such as NASA – A Human Adventure, All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life or The Deep.  All exhibitions incorporate elements of both art and science, within the presentation and story-telling. In this way, exhibitions at ArtScience Museum help shape the identity of the museum and communicate to audiences in clear and direct ways the concept of ArtScience ­– the intersection between art, science, culture and technology.

The Senior Manager of Exhibitions is part of a team of 8 full-time staff members.

 


JOB SCOPE


Summary

The Senior Manager will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services on planning and delivering exhibitions at ArtScience Museum. The post-holder will take responsibility for the management of the daily operations of the Exhibitions team, acting as deputy for the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services as necessary.  The Senior Manager will provide guidance to the team of Project Managers, Producers and Curators, in all tasks relating to exhibition-making, from research, planning, budgeting to final production.  They will ensure that exhibitions are made to international museum standards and align with the vision of the museum as a place where art, science, technology and culture meet. 

The Senior Manager will also ensure the Exhibitions team works within the policies and procedures of Marina Bay Sands. 


Job Responsibilities

 

  1. Exhibition Research, Development, and Planning

The Senior Manager of Exhibitions will play a major role in the delivery of engaging and accessible exhibitions.  Alongside the other members of the Exhibitions team – Exhibition Producers, Curators, Registrars and Designers – the Senior Manager will oversee exhibitions from concept to project completion.  The post-holder will ensure that the management, presentation and ongoing requirements of each project meet best practice as well as international standards and reflect the vision of the museum. The Senior Manager of Exhibitions will also research potential exhibitions and work with the Administrator of Exhibitions to plan for periodic exhibition reviews.


  1. Exhibition Management

The Senior Manager of Exhibitions will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services, and the Producers and Curators on the contracts for each exhibition, the budgets, and project timelines ensuring that exhibition delivery timelines are carefully managed, and that exhibition design meets expectations.  The Senior Manager will work with the Producers and Curators, as well as the Registrars, and the Conservator to ensure that artwork and artefact selection, transport, installation, and return is carried out with great care and to the highest standards.  The Senior Manager will also ensure that Marina Bay Sands’ legal policies and compliance procedures are met.


  1. Budgeting and Financial Management

The Senior Manager will play a key role in managing the Exhibition department’s budget, in close liaison with the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services.  This will involve ensuring Producers and Curators develop sound P&L plans for each exhibition and set realistic revenue targets.  The Senior Manager will be alert to new areas of business for the department, including partnerships and sponsorship.


  1. Staff Management

The Senior Manager will have line management responsibility for up to 4 team members.  This will involve regular line management meetings, project-related advice, mentoring, management of performance reviews, and identifying learning and development opportunities.  The Senior Manager will be conscious of the well-being of their team, ensuring that team members balance work and life commitments.

The Senior Manager will also assist the Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services on planning staff for each exhibition ensuring that the team members are allocated appropriate projects, that best make use of their skills, and provide development opportunities.


  1. Collaboration Across ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands

The Senior Manager of Exhibitions will work closely with the Senior Manager of Museum Services, ensuring that both teams are communicating on key matters relating to Exhibitions.  The post-holder will also liaise closely with members of ArtScience Musuem’s Business Development, Visitor Experience and Programmes teams and will work collaboratively and openly across Marina Bay Sands, including liaising with Marketing, Communications, Legal, Compliance, Finance, Procurement and other departments when applicable

The Senior Manager of Exhibitions must have a willingness to work flexibly and be able to work in the evenings and at weekends as and when necessary.



 JOB REQUIREMENTS


Essential

  • At least 5 years of professional experience and a strong track record of achievement in museums, galleries, science centres or other exhibition venues.
  • A strong interest in the subjects ArtScience Museum is engaged in, and a curiosity about the fields of art, science, technology and culture.
  • Experience of managing and delivering exhibitions including exhibition design and installation, design and build contractors, couriers, conservators and registrars.
  • Proven experience of managing projects and timelines with successful outcomes
  • Proven experience of managing budgets
  • Proven experience of managing people, staff development and team building
  • Proven experience of working in partnership with stakeholders and other organisations.
  • A working knowledge of museum standards and workplace safety and health.
  • Willingness to work to a flexible schedule.

Competencies

  • The ability to work under pressure and handle challenging situations.
  • The ability to make decisions and accept responsibility
  • Able to multitask efficiently, manage and organise workload with a focus on positive outcomes and solutions.
  • Pro-active and self-motivated, confident, outgoing and enthusiastic
  • A team player with good understanding of how to collaborate with a wide variety of people
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels, in writing and verbally.
  • Good command of English

Desirable Qualities

  • Experience of working with finance, legal, compliance teams
  • Experience of working with marketing and communications teams
  • Strategic planning and negotiation skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with an understanding of business opportunities
  • Knowledge of the museum and gallery sector in Singapore
  • Knowledge of Southeast Asia region
  • Proficiency in language(s) other than English

You agree that it is a condition of employment that you adhere to and abide by all rules, regulations, policies and procedures including without limitation the rules of conduct of the Company.

Recommended Skills

  • Self Motivation
  • Management
  • Presentations
  • Team Building
  • Scheduling
  • Leadership
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