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Join one of the world’s leading music education organisations for a rewarding and fulfilling career

Our colleagues come from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet we all share one thing: a genuine love for what we do. You won't necessarily need a musical background to join us. What we do look for are people who demonstrate the right skills and experience, who understand the importance of good customer service and believe in our vision of a world that embraces a life of music making. 

ABRSM is committed to providing equality of opportunity and treatment for all and will not unlawfully or unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, colour, race, nationality, marital status, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age in its dealings with candidates. 

We actively work with Disability Confident scheme and ask that you let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments you need or things you would like us to know during the interview process, which may include being provided the interview questions in advance, requiring a step free interview space, that you are eye-contact avoidant, or having the interview questions in a written format or additional time in timed tests, interviews or other assessment activities

As well as development opportunities and scope for progression we offer a range of benefits including: 

  • 25+ days of annual leave (depending on role and length of service) 
  • Christmas closure days 
  • Career breaks 
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements  
  • Employee assistance programme including access to counselling services supporting both personal and work-related issues 
  • Use of our music practice rooms 
  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Life assurance  
  • Income protection benefits  
  • Interest-free loan to purchase a season ticket or bicycle 
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay 
  • Discounts on ABRSM and affiliated products 

Full details will be made available on joining our team.

Disability Confident award
Enei Tide Bronze Award 2022/23

About ABRSM

Applying for a role – FAQ
How do I apply?

You'll find all our vacancies on our recruitment portal

When you apply, you'll be asked to send us your CV and provide some personal details as well as information about your work experience, education and referees who can be contacted if you're offered the role.

You'll also be asked to complete a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role as described in the job description and the person specification.  

We'll contact you with the outcome as soon as possible. If you're shortlisted, we'll ask you to come in for an interview with a panel of colleagues. Depending on the role, we may also ask you to complete a test - we'll let you know in advance if we plan to do this.

In some cases, we may ask you back for a second interview - we'll let you know about this as early as possible.

If we offer you the role, we'll do pre-employment checks to make sure everything is fine in terms of references, work eligibility, etc. 

Can I just send in my CV if there are no suitable jobs available?

We encourage candidates to apply for specific jobs rather than speculatively sending in their CV. If you can't find a suitable vacancy, we recommend that you regularly check our website for vacancies.

What if I can't complete an online application?

If you'd like to apply in a different format, please contact the HR team using the form on this page. 

How can I maximise my chance of being shortlisted?

It's important that you complete all sections of the online application form so that the recruiting panel can understand your skills, interests, behaviours, knowledge and experience are relevant to the role. 

Shortlisting is mostly based on the information you provide in the supporting statement. When completing this, please refer to the job description and show us how your experience matches what we need in the role.  

You may want to use the STAR approach:

Situation: Describe a situation you were in. It could be something from your previous employment or personal experience - just make sure it's relevant. Give enough detail for the person shortlisting to understand what was involved.

Task: Explain your responsibility in that situation and what you needed to do.

Action: Describe the action you personally took to resolve the situation. Explain the process/steps you took. Even if you're describing a group project, describe what you did rather than what the team did as a whole.

Result: This is the crucial part of the answer. Explain what happened as a result of your actions. Talk about what you achieved, the benefits of it, and what you learned. 

The person specification mentions a particular qualification or experience that I don't have. Should I still apply?

The person specification lists the key skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours needed to carry out the job successfully, and we'll make an assessment using the information you provide.

If you don't quite meet the criteria - for example, if you have an understanding of something rather than experience of doing it yourself - and are able to demonstrate your understanding or how you might approach a situation/task, we'd definitely take this into consideration.

However, some of the person specification points (specific qualifications, for example) can be critical to the role, so if you don't meet those requirements, you're unlikely to be shortlisted. 

How quickly will I know if I have been shortlisted?

Every recruitment campaign will be different depending on how quickly the shortlisting panel can review applications, but if you haven't been shortlisted, you'll receive an email from us confirming that. 

If I'm not shortlisted, can I get feedback on my application?

Yes, we're able to offer feedback on your application if you aren't shortlisted for an interview. 

Can I get feedback after my interview?

If you're unsuccessful in your interview, we can provide feedback. 

Vacancies

Technology Operations Lead
Location: London

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Technology Delivery Lead
Location: London

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Become an examiner

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ABRSM examiner. 

Due to the high number of musicians currently in or awaiting training to become examiners, we are not accepting new applications at the moment. Please check back as we will provide an update here when applications are open again. 

Volunteer to be a HLR

Interested in volunteering to become one of our Honorary Local Representatives in the UK? Please use for form below to contact us and we’ll get back to you.

Contact our HR team

If you'd like to apply in a different format or have any further questions about the application process, please contact the HR team using the below form.

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