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Head of Wardrobe
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Region: Queensland
Gold Coast

Employment Terms: Contract
Salary: On application

Arts Area: Festivals, Music, Performing Arts
Job Area: Creative, Management / Executive
Based on the Gold Coast, the Head of Wardrobe will be responsible for overall management and delivery of costume requirements for the cast for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

You will be working closely, supportively and collaboratively with the Project Director & Creative Lead, David Zolkwer and Executive Producer, Merryn Hughes to ensure the successful production and delivery of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

As part of the Senior Management Team, you will develop a close understanding of the Ceremonies in order to realise and deliver the creative concept for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies within the budget. The role requires strong creative, planning and management skills.

The management of the Wardrobe Department that is responsible for the construction, delivery and management of all Ceremonies costuming ensuring the appropriate standards of design and manufacture.
Collaborating with the Costume Designer/s, on the design, development and materials of costumes for all cast.
Preparing the construction and management requirements of the Wardrobe Department including the identification of all personnel and the requirement for an in-house construction shop and/or outsourced supplier/s.
Develop a source list of potential costume vendors, costume fabricators, suppliers and other costume/wardrobe related resources with a particular focus on Gold Coast and Queensland suppliers.
Develop concepts and designs as may be requested by the Project Director & Creative Lead and/or Segment Directors.
You will be a confident and motivational leader.

About Jack Morton Public Events

Over the years we have created many award-winning public ceremonies and events that have inspired billions of people around the globe - moments of drama and spectacle that bring massive communities together and celebrate the unique qualities of time and place. Our goal is to create enduring memories and to leave behind a meaningful legacy.

We’re the team behind some of the most high profile and critically acclaimed stadium-scale events on four continents—including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006, and Glasgow in 2014. We are thrilled to have now been appointed to deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

You can see more of the work we’ve done by visiting

About the Ceremonies Team

The working style of the team is relaxed but very much ideas and results focused. Though the working environment is friendly, informal and team orientated, attention to detail and a personal drive to take responsibility and ‘get it right’ is paramount. The satisfaction of our clients and other stakeholders drives everything we do and how we do it – we’re always working to exceed expectations.

What do you do, day to day?
Manage the requirements of an on-site/offsite costume department, offices, workshop, alteration shop, hair and make-up site, dressing rooms, costume storage and distribution.
Oversee the costume tender process including development of relevant tender documentation and costume construction specifications, tender review process and contract award process.
Supervise the construction approval process as required.
Develop and supervise an inventory control system for all costume elements.
Supervise and coordinate the receipt of incoming goods.
Oversee the recruitment, hiring and management of all Wardrobe Department personnel.
Develop, manage and update the Wardrobe Department master schedule, including delivery, fitting, maintenance and cleaning schedules.
Liaise with Producers on the wardrobe budget and ensure all wardrobe requirements meet budget parameters for both ceremonies.
Liaise with the Finance and Business Services Department regarding all procurement, contracting, budget and finance matters.
Direct and be responsible for the delivery of all contractual obligations contained within the Wardrobe Department contracts.
Liaise with the Operations and Stage Management Departments on the development and execution of the show flow process, costume distribution process, hair and make-up process and other costume/prop show specific requirements for rehearsals and performance.
Liaise with the Production and Casting Departments on the management of costume measurements and fittings.
Liaise with Producer/s and Cast Department on the management of the Headline Talent (HLT) wardrobe, costume fittings, contract and performance related requirements.
Manage the Wardrobe Department workforce volunteer roles and the scheduling of their time.
Develop and implement a costume dissolution plan.
Work with the Senior Management team on the risk management planning and management of all elements of the ceremonies as it relates to the Wardrobe Department.
Adhere to risk management strategies.
Comply with all JMW and GOLDOC administration, procedures, policies and guidelines.
Other duties as may be identified.

What kind of person are you?
You have a minimum of 6 years’ experience working as a Senior Wardrobe Supervisor/Manager.
You have previous experience working in professional costume design and construction, preferably working on large scale theatrical, film, opera productions or stadium events.
You have strong organisational skills, with an ability to anticipate and forecast.
You have strong people management and leadership skills.
You are confident working with stakeholders in presenting the ceremonies objectives and negotiating ceremonies requirements.
You are willing to take responsibility and be accountable for your work.
You are great with people at all levels.
You are unfazed by tight deadlines and conflicting priorities and remain calm and collected under pressure.
You are a confident, engaging and respectful communicator and presenter.
You have in-depth knowledge of operational and logistical aspects of production.
You have great negotiating skills.
You have the ability to construct and manage a complex project budget.
You can delegate effectively.
You have a collaborative spirit and proven ability to work under pressure.
You are highly organised.
You are willing to help grow and develop the ceremonies team, and be a proud ambassador for Jack Morton and the GC2018 Ceremonies team.

Not only that, but…
You are committed to playing your part in ensuring that the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ceremonies surprise and delight the watching world and serve to help create a meaningful and lasting legacy for the City of Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia.

Please note
Role duration 10 May 2017 – 30 April 2018
You must have Australian Work Rights
You must be located on the Gold Coast or planning to relocate
JMW will commence the shortlisted interview process shortly after applications open. If you intend to apply, please do so as soon as possible. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
Please email your CV with covering letter to by Tuesday 14 February 2017
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Applications Close: 5pm 14/02/2017
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