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Show Design and Production Theater & Rigging Inspector

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10060177 Location Papenburg, Germany Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Jan. 16, 2024

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters, and worlds to life.

Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of Disney’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented teams of Imagineers are responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation and commissioning - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects.

Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

This role is based in Papenburg, Germany and it will require you to be onsite 5 days a week.


A Show Design and Production Theater and Rigging Inspector who facilitates the project delivery process for Theatrical and Entertainment Systems within the Walt Disney Theatre.

Using the most effective communication and technical tools available, the Show Theater and Rigging Inspector will work alongside key internal and external stakeholders, to facilitate the delivery of a highly themed, state of the art entertainment space, using the highest standard of installation possible.

The candidate should be knowledgeable in all aspects of the project delivery process. A person in this position needs to understand the different types of design and construction drawings and ensure that this information is correctly transferred during each phase of the building process. The Show Design and Production Theater and Rigging Inspector is the catalyst that brings different disciplines together to solve challenges and drive results. This position focuses team members and representatives from the Shipyard to drive integration of design among all design disciplines. The Inspector facilitates efforts to ensure a streamlined process workflow including all of the steps to get from installation through closeout.  This position is field based during the building process to monitor progress and confirm the systems are installed according to Walt Disney standards, the needs of the end-user and following Shipyard procedures. The Inspector must consistently maintain a broad perspective across all disciplines to ensure that all aspects of the work are covered, and that activities are sequenced in a manner to allow all disciplines to work as efficiently as possible. The Show Design and Production Theater and Rigging Inspector is the center of communication and connection for a project team during the building process.

  • Working closely with Show Managers, Building Managers and representatives from the shipyard by monitoring the buildings process closely onsite and providing updates on potential issues to the Show Manager.

  • Monitoring the buildings progress against the project schedule and working with internal and external partners to foresee and minimize impact of any deviation.

  • Attending onsite inspections and building meetings, driven by the builder to address concerns which deviate from the original design.  Coordinating Site Acceptance Tests and Cycle Testing of Technical and Stage Machinery Systems ensuring the appropriate internal and external parties are in attendance and ensuring all results and remarks are properly logged.

  • Tracking and following up on action items during the commissioning process and that all action items are complete prior to turnover to Disney Live Entertainment.

  • Working to ensure inspections and formal testing for each system or element are complete prior to handover to Disney Live Entertainment.

  • Working closely with Disney Live Entertainment and yard representatives to schedule and coordinate completion of punch-list items, remedial work and ongoing testing after handover.

  • Facilitate relationships through interpersonal communication.

  • Inspecting and integrating project information with internal and external organizations including project team, operations, vendors, contractors, and the shipyard team.

  • Overseeing the on-site integration of materials needed to construct, produce, install, and commission themed venues and attractions.

  • Center of communication and collaboration for the Project Team and the yard production and site management team.

  • Communicate with all levels of management within the project environment, with project partners, consultants, and vendors through conversation, presentation, and clear written correspondence.

  • Communicate with Studio Leaders and discipline leads across all divisions relative to status updates.

This position is based in Papenburg, Germany, with occasional business travel (within Europe/UK, and also transatlantic). The candidate must be willing to relocate to the Papenburg area.


  • 2+ years related experience – electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, leadership experience, film/theatre, production, engineering, construction, project controls, or other Themed Entertainment projects (Internships will be considered). 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English language.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience required.

  • Highly organized self-starter with previous leadership experience.

  • Ability to coordinate project processes and documentation including shop drawings, document control, and completion/punch lists.

  • Computer literacy (MS Office Suite).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Familiarity with theatrical stagecraft including terminology, methods and standards.

  • Ability to take direction, adapt to change, establish relationships, and work collaboratively with people across all levels. 

  • Ability to encourage collaboration within the project team.

  • Comfortable working on a construction site.

  • Ability to think creatively and implement innovative solutions. 


  • Ability to read and understand technical and architectural drawings.

  • Experience with stage automation systems including performer flying systems.

  • Experience with electronic drawing review software (e.g., Bluebeam Revu).

  • Experience using AirTable, Smartsheet, or other online database programs.

  • Experience in the themed or live entertainment industry.

  • Fluency in written and spoken German language.

  • Cruise industry Project Inspection experience.

  • Previous project inspection experience


  • Strongly prefer a degree in Theatre, Business, Engineering, Environmental Design, or other Entertainment or Development-related field.

    • Consideration will be made for those with more than 5 years of experience in live events or similar industry.


The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

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 Imagineering (Germany) GmbH, which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

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