Holland America Line Talent Buyer in SEATTLE, Washington

Talent Buyer

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.

Job Detail

The Talent Buyer is responsible for contracting and logistics of all regional based performers. Under the guidance of the Sr. Manager - EXC, and in conjunction with the Sr. Entertainment Manager and Regional Curators, the Talent Buyer will research and recruit regionally sourced entertainment elements with the goal of finding offerings beyond those on most other cruise lines.


  • Sourcing all regionally based entertainment offerings, using creative methods to find new and unique offerings not supplied by Port Agents.

  • Negotiating fees and terms, ensuring that all talent sourcing is done within budget and programming parameters set by the Sr. Manager–Entertainment.

  • Coordinating with the Logistics Coordinators to ensure timely travel and accommodation arrangements.

  • Adhering to company policies to effectively manage vendor movements around the globe.

  • Supporting vendors in dealing with invoices, billing, expense reimbursement, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • 3 years of experience in live entertainment and/or the cruise industry in a business-related function required.

  • Strong negotiation skills are a must.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel).


  • 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.