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“It is a rare position indeed”: more international opportunity

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 3, 2009

If helping out the United States’ spectacularly unsuccessful Arabic-language broadcasting initiatives doesn’t excite you, how about running a theme park in Saudi Arabia?

THEME PARK GENERAL MANAGER. MIDDLE EAST.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY.

COMPANY HAS SEVERAL THEME PARKS, 5 STAR HOTELS, CHAIN RESTAURANTS, RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENTS AND MORE.

THEME PARKS ARE IN SEVERAL DESIRABLE LOCATIONS.

SALARY $150K US NET P.A OR $350K AUST GROSS P.A + ALL EX PAT BENEFITS. QUALITY ACCOMMODATION, CAR, MEDICAL, RETURN HOME TRIPS BUSINESS/FIRST CLASS. FAMILY WELCOME FOR THIS POSITION.

[I’m not sure what the going rate for theme park general managers is, but that seems okay to me – although I notice that no schooling or driver allowance is specified.]

This world class multinational company oversees a portfolio of Theme Parks, 5 star Hotels, Residential and Retail Developments, Shopping Centres, Chain and stand alone upmarket Restaurants.

For the position of General Manager Theme Park Operations, the person we need will have a history of Senior Theme Park experience and Operations, this is essential.

[… and awkwardly phrased. Who wrote this ad?]

You will have held or already hold a senior position within Theme Parks.

You will have hands on experience in all facets of Theme Park Operations such as Rides, Ticketing, Retail, F&B, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Budgeting, dealing with Suppliers and vendors and more…

We need a proactive hands-on Theme Park GM who leads by example. Who is in a senior Theme Park Position, who has international experience.

[I love the ‘leads by example’ part. Some of the theme parks I remember seeing in the Middle East had rides that looked less than safe. Does leading by example include going on these rides? or doing maintenance on them?]

This Billion dollar company is putting in multi millions to up lift their parks to a true international standard, the parks are mid size to large with large food and beverage and array of internationally recognised rides etc.

This company is very well respected indeed and has interests all over the Middle East from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, to Oman, to Jeddah to Qatar and more….

The position is family friendly and the package is exceptional ,as there are no outgoings, no taxes no levies, no fees.it is money in the pocket. ( $150k us net p.a)

[Again, I’m not up on salaries but I would describe $150K for an executive-level Gulf job as “okay”, not “exceptional”. As for “family friendly”, I do know several people of various nationalities who grew up in KSA and have fond memories of the country. But I’d ask for a test visit before signing the contract.]

As mentioned, if you are from the Theme Park industry, hold a very senior Operations Position, then this could be for you.

It is a rare position indeed.

[Love, love, love this bit of employer editorializing.]

Interested?

Then contact in complete confidentiality:

Stuart Mullins

Executive Search International Pty Ltd

http://www.esirecruit.com.au

For those of you theme parkers’ out there, contact information and directions on what information to submit in your application can be found on the original posting.

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One Response to ““It is a rare position indeed”: more international opportunity”

  1. S. Worthen said

    My favorite recent theme park “news”:

    http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13395767

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