Oval Space designs and builds the best venues in London, fills them with fantastic content and then builds a community of interest around them. We currently operate and programme two venues in the heart of Bethnal Green.

Oval Space itself is a multi-purpose venue with over 5000 square feet of unobstructed statement space, in a unique London setting.

Our location adjacent to the iconic Bethnal Green gas holders, along with the volume of space we offer and the versatility of our layout, have helped us become one of the capital's most in-demand event destinations.

Oval Space opened its smaller sister venue, The Pickle Factory, in October 2015; The Pickle Factory has quickly become an essential piece of the music and event landscape in London.

Oval Space has a reputation for recruiting team members based on intelligence, enthusiasm and attention to detail over specific experience. We promote consistently from within, and many of our core team members started with us in junior roles or even behind one of our bars.

General Manager - Oval Space & The Pickle Factory

Oval Space & The Pickle Factory, two of London's most exciting and versatile events spaces, are seeking to hire an experienced General Manager, responsible for the successful delivery of our diverse programme of events, including live music, clubs, conferences, branded events and corporate hires. We are looking for an operator with a proven track record in venue & event management and strong leadership qualities.

Please see the full job description below.

Please send your CV along with a cover letter to am@ovalspace.co.uk


Overseeing all aspects of the venue’s operation & line management of all heads of department including bars, technical, maintenance & event staff.

Ensuring all statutory requirements are discharged & conform to national & local legislation, from licensing to all health & safety regulations, regularly liaising with the local authorities including Police, Environmental Health & Licensing board.

Liaising with the company’s senior management team in setting annual budgets for all areas of the business and ensuring that weekly financial reports are compiled and disseminated to the Financial Director & and HoD’s to deadline.

Liaising with the senior management team on all matters concerning financial forecasting & cost control.

Responsible for maximising the venue’s key revenue streams including but not limited to bars and ticket revenue.

Liaising with the Bars Manager on setting prices for key products & on more dynamic pricing tailored to specific audiences.

Liaising with the Programming team, Bars Manager & other HODs regarding staff numbers for events in order to deliver events smoothly and successfully while maximising profitability.

Liaising with the Programming teams in order to maximise activity and business levels Ensuring Venue Departments work as a team and that all staff are managed to the standards as laid out in their job descriptions.

Ensuring that all teams follow correct conduct in line with the venue’s policies & procedures.

Conducting annual appraisals and set individual business objectives & targets in support of both the needs of the business & the development of individuals themselves

Ensuring the smooth flow of information both internally and externally, chairing weekly & monthly operational & departmental meetings in order to achieve this

Lead on all aspects of event management including advancing, agreeing staffing levels with HODs, deployment & briefing of security staff, to supervising touring parties Managing operations on both event and non-event days

Ensuring that the venues are maintained to the highest standard for customers and clients alike.

Liaising with the senior management team to produce proposals for Capex projects, building-related maintenance & other works.

Implementing new processes and procedures that aid growth and financial efficiencies.

Skills and Attributes required:

Proven track record of success in venue management and live events.

Ability to contribute beyond the role and to lead strategic initiatives to increase profits and aid growth.

Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Personal licence highly desirable.

IOSH Managing Safely (3 day course) qualification desirable.

Salary: Competitive / DOE

Bars Manager - Oval Space & The Pickle Factory

The Bar Manager is responsible for the operation of multiple bars across our event spaces,

stock control procedures and management of a large and diverse team of bar & front-of- house employees. The role is to ensure our bars’ operation is executed d to the highest

standard across a wide variety of events including live concerts, late-night clubs, private hires, corporate & branded events. The bar manager will work closely with the general manager to drive financial success and achieve annual company targets.


Maximise sales opportunities and drive spend-per-head / profit-per-customer

Drive KPIs including but not limited to GP and yield

Maximise sales of key product ranges and develop promotions aimed at driving retros

Liaise with the general manager and senior management team on setting prices for key products & dynamic pricing tailored to specific audiences.

Work alongside the general manager and senior management team in securing deals with alcohol brands

Stock management, ordering and regular stock-takes

Smooth running of all operational aspects of the bars department

Ensure that the bars operation is compliant at all times with all directives as per the

Licensing Act 2003

Management of all bars and front of house staff

Recruitment and training of bars & front-of-house employees

Weekly rotas for bars, front of house & cleaning staff

Duty management at events where required

Assist the general manager and senior management team in forecasting revenues and cost control

Financial reporting

Cash management

Processing weekly payroll

Liaison with suppliers

Bars and cellars maintenance and repair and service management

Supervision of deliveries

Maintaining highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene across all bar operations

Skills and attributes required:

3+ years experience in bar management within the hospitality industry or live venues

Proven track record of increasing bar sales, GP and yield in a previous role

Experienced in managing large teams of staff

A comprehensive understanding of the Licensing Act 2003

Personal licence holder

Proficient in Microsoft Office packages and EPOS systems

Competent in cellar management

Knowledge of health and safety regulations and licensing

Demonstrable leadership and motivation of others

Enthusiasm for the live events and hospitality industry

Flexibility to work irregular hours (weekends/evenings/public holidays)

Attention to detail and strong communication skills

First-class client and customer service

Salary: Competitive / DOE