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Program Manager Strategic Initiatives

Amsterdam · Full time · Strategy

Stage Entertainment

Stage Entertainment is one of the world’s largest musical theatre producers and owners. We have offices and own theatres across Europe and in New York and produce some of the biggest titles in musical theatre. Our international show portfolio ranges from iconic titles such as Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Lazarus, Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin to originally developed work from within the group such as Anastasia and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, a wide variety of shows that excite broad audiences from London to New York, from Madrid to Hamburg, and from Amsterdam to Paris.  ‘Touching hearts, creating memories’ is our mission and with 3,000 brilliant, talented, diverse individuals worldwide we deliver a premium experience to those +7 million people who visit a Stage Entertainment production or venue each year.

We live, breathe and dream live entertainment, are connected by a shared passion and put our heart and soul into everything we do. We respect everyone’s talents and embrace our differences and the unique role we each play in the bigger team. Regardless of who you are or where you are from. We bring people together. That is at the heart of everything we do. When we create, produce or perform.

Stage Entertainment is part of Advance Publications, Inc., an American media company. Directly and through various subsidiaries, the group owns Discovery Channel, Condé Nast, and is the majority shareholder in Reddit.

As a leading company we have the unique combination of sophisticated creative and business capabilities, while we keep pace with change, always explore new directions and look for ways to improve and innovate.  

Are you our Program Manager Strategic Initiatives who shares our passion and dares to challenge and likes to be challenged?

Overview of the Group Commercial Team

Our ambition:

  • Build long term relationships with our theatre visitors by engaging with them across digital channels & touch points in a highly personalized and relevant way

  • Earn recognition as the live entertainment brand that delivers a premium experience

The Group Commercial Team is a Centre of Excellence that covers all aspects of the Sales & Marketing domain and reflects the strategic relevance of being data driven, consumer oriented and digital focused.

The way the Group Commercial Team operates is based on the 'One Company' philosophy of intensive global/local collaboration, agile way of working, co-creation and synergies, with a closely-knit squad community.

The Program Manager reports directly to the Group Commercial Director and is responsible for orchestrating the execution of strategic initiatives. The role will monitor and drive progress on deliverables by instilling best practice process discipline, output tracking, and transparent reporting and issue management across the organization and with key stakeholders


Own the planning of the program implementation including setting the project management plan, defining scope, allocating required time and resources, setting quality standards, monitoring project risk, establishing communication and stakeholder management practices

Ensure proper execution of planning through directing and managing project work, assuring project quality, acquiring, developing and managing relevant teams and individuals within and outside the organization (e.g. various subject matter experts, eg in Sales, Marketing, Legal, HR, Finance), managing communications and stakeholders

  • Balance project constraints including scope, quality, schedule, resources, and risks through effective leadership and decision-making

  • Facilitate meetings, deliver informative, well-organized presentations including preparation of all required materials for Core Project Team, Board and Supervisory Board meetings

  • Proactively mitigate business, operational & governance risks including relations with external stakeholders

  • Proactively flag issues or barriers to success, and work with or escalate to relevant stakeholders to make sure they are resolved

Key Skills

Domain Expertise:

  • Demonstrated project management experience, including knowledge of project mgmt tools, relevant stakeholder management, risk and issue management, and coordination practices

  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects at a senior level and with multiple stakeholders

  • Experience managing Boards and other senior stakeholders through regular updates on project progress

  • Affinity with tech/IT is a plus but not required

Individual Skills:

  • Excellent judgment, ability to distil insights from multiple sources of information into an executive-level overview

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, ability to help others organize problem solving and act

  • Ability to influence others, even without direct management responsibility

Mindset & Behaviors

  • Structured and detail-oriented with a high degree of ownership

  • Not afraid to ‘roll up the sleeves’ and challenge the status quo – loves and embraces change and pushes the teams to do the same

  • Enjoys stakeholder management and collaboration within and outside the organization


• Team player with natural interpersonal skills, easily interacting with others irrelevant of their position and nationality

• Willing to travel and work internationally with colleagues across countries

• Fluent in English (extra language is a plus)

• Working experience in the commercial domain of entertainment/leisure/travel/gaming is a plus

We offer:

We offer you a versatile and varied position with plenty of room for personal input and development in a professionally innovative growing company but also a very collegial and driven working environment with lots of room for training, personal development and growth. Stage Entertainment always wants to bring out the best in everyone. This is a position where you can actually have an impact. In addition, Stage Entertainment has excellent secondary employment conditions, including:

  • 25 vacation days.

  • A good pension scheme.

  • Travel allowance.

  • Hybrid working is possible.

  • You will have an impact and work in a diverse, passionate and international company.

  • Plenty of opportunities for training and education.