Holland America Line Business Manager in SEATTLE, Washington

Business Manager

Seattle, WA

We are committed to our mission: Through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.

Holland America Line's mission guides our business to deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests, care for our employees, remain stewards of the environment and operate in partnership with the people and organizations in the communities in which we do business. Our office is located in the beautiful city of Seattle, on the Elliott Bay waterfront just a short distance from downtown. Our Corporate Team supports a fleet of 14 modern classic ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents.

The Business Manager will be responsible for the financial, contractual and logistics operations of the Entertainment Department. This will include the department’s budget and expenditures, working with vendors to ensure timely payment and contract compliance, and ensuring that the ships have the equipment and supplies necessary to provide the best programming possible.


  • Managing the entertainment & enrichment department’s global financial picture, tracking and reporting department financial results on a regular basis, providing detailed analysis, forecasting and budgeting.

  • Providing conceptual expenditure approval to department managers, with the goal of optimizing both spending and savings.

  • Developing the annual budget, looking for ways to optimize expense reduction where possible while developing new programs.

  • Conducting regular negotiations with creative and production entities and brand partners.

  • Ensuring that all capital appropriation submissions and vendor agreements are contracted, recorded and filed in accordance with the fixed asset policy.

  • Reviewing & auditing vendor expenditures of company funds to ensure compliance with our agreements.

  • Creating and managing shipboard inventory systems. Works with the shipboard teams to ensure that all supplies necessary to operate a cruise effectively are in place at any given time.

  • Managing travel operations and expenses. Creates and administers policies to effectively manage vendor movements around the globe.

  • Supporting vendors in dealing with invoices, billing, managing payment timelines, etc.


  • Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and/or Finance preferred, equivalent experience considered.

  • 3 years of experience in live/filmed entertainment or cruise industry business related function.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • strong negotiation skills required


  • Flexible Work Schedule! – 9/80 alternative workweek schedule option providing each employee with one (1) weekday off every two weeks.

  • Time off benefits – 8 paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick time

  • Travel – Generous Cruise and Travel Privileges for you and your family

  • Health – Complete benefit plans including medical, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts

  • Wellness – Health and wellness programs include discounted health benefits and memberships

  • Tuition Reimbursement – Up to 80% with a maximum of $3000 per fiscal year

  • 401(k) – Company match of 33% on employees first 6% contribution with 100% vesting after 4 years of service

  • Profit Sharing Plan – Eligible after 1 year of service

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan – Discount on Carnival Corporation stock

  • Training – In-house Discover University courses on professional development

  • Rewards & Incentives – Employee Recognition and Reward Programs; rideshare, financial commuter incentives; special employee discounts for local venues, banking services and retail stores

Next Steps…

For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. Apply today and set sail on an exciting new career course! Our application process is quick and easy, be sure to login to our Talent Center and create a profile and then apply directly to your specific job. Holland America Line is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status.