Touring Show – Big Top
Cirque du Soleil's new Big Top show is a full-time touring show in search of talent in the United States and around the world. Take your talents on the road and join us on tour in this exciting opportunity!
Reporting to the Company Manager, you will be responsible for all aspects of the show’s technical operations, planning and budget management. More specifically, you will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks in close collaboration with the Site Operations Director, the Chief Executive Committee on tour and the Tour Equipment Department, and under the supervision of the Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
Reporting to the Company Manager, you will be required to:
• Manage all aspects of technical stage operations related to performance, artistic quality and compliance with show standards set by the Producer (e.g., sound, lighting, set, rigging, automation, projection).
• Make sure that the venue is a safe environment to ensure optimal comfort for spectators and tour members, and to ensure high artistic quality.
• Prepare and manage the budget for the Technical Department, in conjunction with the Technical Operations Department in Montreal and the Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
• Plan and manage teardowns, setups and city runs for technical and artistic equipment, as well as staff management, in coordination with the Site Operations Director, Artistic Director and Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
• Manage permanent and temporary Technical Department staff.
• Plan and coordinate equipment modifications and/or acquisitions, in conjunction with the Tour Equipment Department and Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
• Work with the Tour Equipment Department to update the preventive maintenance and inspection program, as well as equipment installation and operating procedures.
• Ensure policies and procedures are followed, including those related to health and safety.
• Work in close collaboration with the tour’s Site Operations Director to ensure the site’s proper functioning.
• Ensure adherence to policies and procedures concerning the use of technical equipment.
• Manage technical documentation updates and ensure that technical specifications are observed.
• Actively contribute to the cohesive management philosophy within the Chief Executive Committee on tour.
• In close collaboration with the Artistic Director, ensure daily and long-term operations are carried out in an effort to maintain the show’s artistic quality and equipment durability, while providing a safe environment for artists and crew members.
• Carry out all required duties expected of an on-site director (e.g., Director on Duty (DOD) shifts, tour management meetings and reports, marketing representation).
• Lead all on-site technical operations from beginning to end in each city (i.e., setup, performances and teardown).
• Plan and supervise the Technical Department team’s daily and long-term operations and ensure they are carried out.
• Coordinate the scheduling of show calls, rotation, vacation time and projects.
• In collaboration with Site Operations Director, coordinate the scheduling of teardown, setup and transfer operations.
• In collaboration with the Artistic Director, supervise the integration of new technical features in the show and support renewal projects set forth by the Producer.
• Ensure all equipment is inspected and maintained according to schedule. Keep and archive maintenance logs and records.
• Provide logistical support to marketing, sponsors and external partners in conjunction with the Marketing department.
• Plan and apply emergency measures, in conjunction with the Company Manager and the Team Leader, Security.
• Ensure safety standards are followed during operations, and promote and apply the company’s Health and Safety Program.
• Coordinate all rental equipment with the PAC in collaboration with the Site Operations Director and manage relations with equipment vendors.
• Participate in all meetings related to the position, including, but not limited to: head of department meetings, transport meetings, forums, planning and project meetings, Chief Executive Committee, as well as corporate meetings.
• As director, take an active approach in the tour management forums and shared responsibilities under the Company Manager’s leadership.
• Collaborate with the Site Operations Director to accomplish teardown and setup planning.
• Carry out budget forecasting and monitoring for the department, in collaboration with the Company Manager and Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
• Implement management systems that enable all managers in the Technical Department team to thoroughly understand the budget process and expense monitoring.
• Lead the hiring process for the Technical Department, in conjunction with the IHQ Talent (HR) Department, and participate in team member integration, training and development.
• Thoroughly evaluate all direct reports and supervise the evaluation of all staff conducted by heads of departments.
• Create and deploy coaching and development plans for department staff, in conjunction with IHQ and the Talent (HR) Advisor.
• Manage the time management file (payroll, vacation time, leave, invoices) for permanent and temporary staff.
• Oversee workforce planning for all Technical Department staff, in conjunction with the Talent (HR) Partner and Senior Production Manager, Touring Shows Division.
• Negotiate local contracts for temporary staff according to existing agreements.
• Ensure the adequate application of emergency measures and workplace health and safety procedures, in accordance with both company policy and applicable laws (e.g., team training, exercises).
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
• College degree (or equivalent) in live entertainment or theatre production (or equivalent work experience); a relevant combination of academic background and professional experience will also be considered
• Ten years’ experience in show business technical management
• Extensive budget and personnel management experience
• Five years’ touring experience
• Proficiency with Microsoft applications in a Windows environment
• The ability to adapt to change
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills
• Good team spirit
• Fluency in English, both written and spoken; fluency in French or any additional language (an asset)
• Availability to tour internationally full time and work in foreign countries