Job Details

Job title
South East 
Postcode of work
Experience required
Working days
5 day week 
Additional days
Date posted
09 May 2022

Full time or 3-4 days per week
For half a century, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has developed some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent.  It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally.
We are now recruiting for a Head of Editing. This is a key senior role at the NFTS, providing a unique opportunity for someone who is excited about imparting their knowledge to, and inspiring the next generation.


Editing is one of the specialism of the School’s  2-year full time Master’s course in Film and Television. It provides a thorough education in editing skills in a professional film-making environment. Graduates from the Editing department are among some of the most well-regarded editors working today including editor Úna Ni Dhonghaíle (Belfast), editor Valerio Bonelli (Darkest Hour), and editor Paulo Pandolpho (The Crown).


As an experienced Editor you will have knowledge and practical experience of industry customs, practices and production processes, a proven ability to define the style and structure of a film or TV drama, and importantly understand the necessity of engaging positively with the other key production departments. Some previous experience of teaching and learning is preferred.
Applicants should be educated to Master’s level, and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a passion for student learning.  We are also looking for previous experience of teaching and learning.


Variety’s Top UK Film School 2020 and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema BAFTA, the NFTS is one of the world’s leading film, games and television schools and celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary in 2021. NFTS alumni have gone on to win 13 Oscars and 152 BAFTAs with graduates including; double Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917) creator of global Netflix hit Sex Education Laurie Nunn and BAFTA winning director, Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here). The NFTS is a registered charity (313429).


For further information about this role and details of how to apply, please visit
Please note that we are unable to sponsor candidates for these roles, so we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate their right to live and work in the UK.  If you do not have the right to work in the UK, we will not be able to progress your application.
At the NFTS, people are at the heart of what we do. We’re an inclusive employer and are committed to equality of opportunity, and building a culturally diverse workforce. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and to increasing our representation of staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds.




Purpose of role:
The Head of Editing post requires an experienced Editor working in the film and television industry with a solid understanding, knowledge and practical experience of industry customs and practices and experience of teaching and learning.
The purpose of the role is to oversee the Master’s course for students in Editing.
As Head of Editing you will:
Impart knowledge to and inspire the next generation of film and television-makers.


Teach a significant component of the Editing curriculum and oversee the teaching in other specialist areas.


Take part in the selection of students to ensure the most talented students secure a place at the NFTS and that once selected they are supported pastorally.


Monitor the work of each individual student attending reviews and discussions to make sure participants receive proper analysis of all their work at each stage together with practical recommendations.


Support the delivery of other Editing provision delivered by the School (e.g Short Courses, Diverse Directors Workshop etc).


Review the departmental budget with the School Management Accountant and maintain budgetary control, ensuring that the department keeps within its financial limits.


Play a leading role in ensuring students are well prepared for leaving the School by connecting them throughout their course with professional associations, production companies, agents etc.


Engage proactively with the other departments to ensure films are delivered on schedule.


Engage proactively with the School Marketing department to promote the subject area and to answer the questions of prospective students through open days, outreach events, taster days etc.


Take an active part in recruiting and developing visiting tutors, keeping up-to-date lists.



Person Specification
This post requires an experienced film and/or television professional educated to Master’s level with solid understanding, knowledge and practical experience of the industry.
An essential quality is the ability to recognise and foster potential talent, whilst also ensuring students reach the academic, technical and professional standards required of them.
You should also have the ability to engage with the other departments of the NFTS.
Heads of Department need to be adept at running their area smoothly and efficiently.
Heads of Department are expected to inspire enthusiasm amongst the students and staff for whom they are responsible.
Good interpersonal skills are essential.