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Salary: £28,500 per annum

Working Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Carallon offices (Ealing Broadway London W5) with partial remote flexibility

About the Fixture Database

The Fixture Database Service provides fixture data for some of the entertainment lighting industry's biggest names, including ETC, MA Lighting, Chroma Q and Zero 88. We create fixture definitions encompassing DMX and RDM data, media images, colour matching information and physical models. Our work is used in everything from school nativity plays and amateur dramatics right through to live event tours and West End and Broadway shows. We take pride in our place in such a broad spectrum of creative endeavour and strive to provide a high-quality service which gives our customers the tools they need to produce innovative lighting control solutions.


We are interested in hearing from people who are enthusiastic about our work and feel they would be a good fit for our friendly, supportive, and flexible team. We are committed to helping you grow, so if you don't quite meet every criterion in the job specification, but you think you would be great for this role, please apply and tell us more in your covering letter. We will give you the opportunity to work independently on interesting projects that have a lasting impact on the database, and we work hard to ensure a respectful and collaborative attitude in our day-to-day work.


Job Summary


The Fixture Database QA Technician will work on our database of fixture definitions under the direction of the Fixture Database manager and as a part of a growing team. This work will involve liaising with fixture manufacturers to gain access to fixtures for testing against our fixture definitions and producing colour calibration data. The successful applicant will also oversee the provision of QA for internal tools and developing this part of the Database Service. They will work with the team to further develop our fixture data model, improve database workflow and processes, and be involved in database administration.


This role will suit someone who:


  • enjoys taking a methodical approach to testing and problem solving and has strong analytical skills
  • has good organisational skills
  • can work independently and as a part of a team as required
  • is willing to ask questions, seek other opinions or put forward their own thoughts.
  • has an interest in commercial development as we seek to expand this part of our service.

Due to the nature of fixture testing, this role will be based in our Ealing Broadway office, however other aspects may be performed remotely at the discretion of the Fixture Database Manager.



Key Responsibilities

  • Testing fixture definitions
  • Capturing colour data for fixture definitions using our testing equipment
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with fixture manufacturers to obtain fixtures for testing purposes
  • QA for internal tools including, but not limited to, application testing and development of testing definitions
  • Assisting in the improvement of testing workflows and processes
  • Assisting in the continual development of our fixture model
  • Participating in assessing and scheduling work to be completed to a deadline

Essential Qualifications

  • A background in the entertainment industry in either theatre, touring or broadcast, with a bias towards lighting. Familiarity with common types of controllable fixtures, lighting consoles and media servers
  • A methodical and organised approach to work planning and execution
  • Good analytical skills and the ability to think about data in terms of a model, and to break down complex structures into simpler components
  • Some experience using common software development tools e.g. text editors, command line interfaces, etc
  • Able to work independently under the guidance of a manager, and as a part of a team to meet deadlines

Desirable Extras

  • Experience with a scripting language, e.g. Python, XML, HTML
  • Experience of QA-related tools or techniques
  • Experience using lighting fixtures designed for film and broadcast environments
  • Experience using media servers and server projectors
  • STEM qualifications - Any level

About Carallon

Carallon is an employee-owned research and development company which creates industry-leading, award-winning products. Based in London, it specialises in industrial hardware and software design for the entertainment industry, encompassing lighting control, LED video processing, and motion control.


Its products are used all over the world for high profile installations and events including the London Eye, Academy Awards, and recent U2, Roger Waters and Ed Sheeran world tours.


The Carallon group encompasses the following companies:


  • Carallon Limited, for the development and manufacture of lighting and video processors and devices
  • Pharos Architectural Controls Limited, for the distribution and support of a range of lighting control products, used in theme parks and architectural installations worldwide
  • Brompton Technology Limited, for the distribution and support of processing solutions for video walls used in concerts, awards shows and film virtual production
  • SixEye Limited, a software as a service company providing remote-management solutions for dynamic lighting projects and fixed installations

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