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Assistant Show Manager

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078806 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States / Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Feb.. 12, 2024

Job Summary:

"We create happiness." That's our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you'll help inspire that magic by helping our teams push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen! Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its experienced corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects.

About the Role & Team

The Assistant Show Manager is accountable and responsible for tactical project management of Show scopes for Walt Disney Imagineering Projects large and small! The Assistant Show Manager leads all subject areas within the Show team on a project from blue sky through close out and beyond. This role will regularly partner with team members from all parts of Walt Disney Imagineering, FOS, Park Operations and Contracts to deliver a very complex and diverse scope of work on time and on budget with long term reliability! Show Managers are on the frontline of a project to lead the Show team to conceptualize, design, engineer, produce, install and deliver amazing Shows and Attractions while ensuring project budgets and schedules are met. You will report to the Manager - Show.

This posting is an opportunity to submit your resume for future consideration; this is not a role that is open at this time. We anticipate this role may be open in the future, but we are not actively hiring for the position. If you would like to be considered for this potential role, please submit your resume. If the role becomes available, you may receive an email or call from a recruiter.

What You Will Do

Leading independently or with other Show Managers and Project Team Leaders, the person in this role:

  • Leads work of Show design and production teams for all Show Disciplines involved in a project.

  • Is accountable for Show scope on a full (“right size”) project for their level of experience.

  • Responsible for commercial management of a product line or multiple product lines/elements within a project

  • Develops strategic plans for production of Show scope considering vendors, resource availability, budget, schedule, creative intent and agreed upon design criteria.

  • Works towards results along with Show scope design team and their leadership identifying needed changes in resource needs thru all phases of the project lifecycle.

  • Develops scope and bidding documents for all Show scopes.

  • Evaluates and selects vendors as appropriate for budget, schedule and technical capabilities.

  • Leads contract for outside vendors as the Responsible Individual (RI) and reports on progress, budget and status to project team.

  • Facilitates relationships with the Show team, all project partners, vendor leaders and discipline leads, (Primary focus on Show adjacent scope i.e., Operations, FOS, Facility teams etc.)

  • Monitors all phases of design, development/production and installation of Show scope identifying potential changes to creative intent, missed/deleted scope or other changes to scope relative to detailed bid packages or other documentation, validate identified changes and associated values and process Change Order approvals.

  • Communicates, both verbally in presentation and conversation, and written correspondence to Leadership, project teams, vendors, consultants, and other partners

  • Direct and Indirect leadership of Project Coordinator(s), support staff and/or Intern(s)

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Minimum 5 years related experience – leadership in film/theater production, engineering, construction, project controls or other Disney/Themed Entertainment projects.

  • Experience leading workflow and delivery of complex scopes of work.

  • Must think strategically and tactically about complex issues and problem-solve to resolution.

  • Leadership skills and the ability to collaborate with teams.

  • Domestic travel required.


  • Four-year degree in a Walt Disney Imagineering core subject area such as Design, Engineering, Themed Entertainment, Business, or related field strongly preferred. Will consider a minimum of 5 years’ experience leading complex project teams.

Addition Information

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at



The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $84,460 to $113,300 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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