Cutter - Men’s Tailoring Department

We have a permanent vacancy for a Cutter to join our Tailoring department to provide support to our Senior Cutter in leading a team of 10 tailors.

Working with internationally renowned designers within our new state of the art production building, you will further your career in a busy repertoire environment committed to achieving the highest production standards.

You will realise designs, draft patterns, cut period and modern garments and also fit, alter and refurbish existing costumes for revivals.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To discuss with Head of Costume, designers & Costume supervisors the cutting and making requirements for productions.
  • To contribute constructive advice with regard to the choice and quantities of materials for costume production and production time.
  • To assess costume availability for revivals.
  • In association with the Senior Cutter, plan workload in relation to new costumes, remakes and alterations.
  • In association with the Senior Cutter, allocate and delegate the work for both new productions and revivals to member of staff, using out-workers as required.
  • To produce patterns, grade toiles, make samples and research style and cut of any period as required.
  • To measure and fit cast and update records.
  • To cut costumes or mark alterations and hand- over into workroom.
  • To train and instruct staff in our workroom procedures and our production methods, supporting them in developing their tailoring and costume making skills.
  • To Introduce and develop new methods of construction as required by Senior cutter and Head of Costume
  • To communicate regularly with staff, ensuring they are working to workroom schedule for fittings, dress rehearsals and planned completion dates, and alerting the senior cutter of any over runs.
  • To construct costumes where necessary.
  • To attend rehearsals as necessary, note and action any costume alterations.
  • To supervise the maintenance of safe working practices.
  • To maintain workroom organisation and quality.
  • To deputise for the Senior Cutter in her/his absence.
  • To carry out any other duties as required by the Head of Costume or Senior Cutter.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Education and Training

Degree or equivalent qualification in Costume/Fashion with proven experience in bespoke tailoring and cutting.


  • Significant experience at a senior level in tailoring and cutting in a recognised production workroom.
  • Significant experience in pattern making/cutting and fittings.
  • Significant experience of complete garment construction to a consistently high standard.
  • Significant experience of accurate costume alterations
  • Experience of training and instructing workroom staff.

Knowledge and Special Skills

  • Advanced skills in cutting period and modern tailored garments.
  • Ability to produce authentic cut in the interpretation of any design.
  • Advanced knowledge of tailoring and period costume.
  • Advanced and accurate hand and machine sewing skills as well as pressing techniques.
  • Advanced understanding of fabrics and materials and their specific handling.
  • An understanding of workroom structures, team building and staff supervision.
  • Good knowledge of sewing machine maintenance.
  • Computer literacy.

Essential Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Confidence and skilled to instruct and support less experienced staff in our work room procedures.
  • Able to organise and plan workload effectively.
  • Able to delegate workload and supervise staff.
  • Able to work under pressure and over extended hours if required to meet deadlines and last minute changes.
  • Proactive and flexible in attitude to work.
  • Committed to working to the highest standard, maintaining Glyndebourne’s reputation for costume excellence.

Salary and Benefits

We can offer a salary of circa £34,000. Salaries are reviewed annually on 1st January.

The contractual hours of work are 39 per week however you will be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role in the build-up to the Festival and Tour.

We offer a minimum of 33 days / 6.6 weeks holiday per year including public holidays.

We have excellent on site catering facilities, can offer a beautiful working environment, the opportunity to see world class opera and for those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.

Pauline Lecrass our Head of Costume would be pleased to discuss the role informally with anyone considering applying. She can be contacted on 01273 812321 or by email

How to Apply

Please apply by firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 11 December 2017 with interviews to be held in early January.

We are an equal opportunities employer