Delfont Mackintosh Theatres - Senior Project Manager




Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is owned by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and operates eight of the most prestigious theatres in London’s West End. The Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Novello, Gielgud, Sondheim, Noël Coward, Victoria Palace and Wyndham’s Theatre have all undergone major refurbishments in the last few years; combining beautiful restoration with twenty first century comfort. With future investment planned across our theatres, we now require a Senior Project Manager to lead on the planning, procurement and delivery of Capital and Minor Work projects across the DMT portfolio. This is a senior leadership position within the department, with the successful candidate to report to and deputise for the Head of Property & Projects, developing & implementing the medium to long-term strategic capital investment plans.

Executive Summary A History of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Job Description

Person Specification Application Process


Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd owns (as six freeholds and two long leases) and operates eight of the most prestigious theatres in London’s West End: the Gielgud, Noël Coward, Novello, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Sondheim, Victoria Palace and Wyndham’s. In the autumn of 1990, the then owner of the Prince Edward and Prince of Wales, Lord (Bernard) Delfont, asked Cameron if he might be interested in becoming the owner of two West End theatres. At the time, the theatres were owned by First Leisure Corporation, the hugely successful public company that Bernard had created with the extraordinary property developer and arts champion, Lord (Max) Rayne. Bernard was determined that the theatres would remain in the care of someone who felt as strongly as he did about their future and in February 1991, Cameron agreed to become his partner in a new theatre company. In July of the same year, Cameron took on the freehold of the Strand Theatre (later renaming it the Novello in recognition of the brilliant actor and composer, Ivor Novello, who lived in the flat above the theatre for 38 years) and, following completion of the sale in November 1991, Bernard and Cameron’s theatre company was renamed Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd (DMT).

The most recent major project completed was the construction of the Sprague Terrace; named after the theatre architect W G R Sprague who designed five of the theatres in the Delfont Mackintosh group and inspired by drawings he made of a never-realised design for a roof garden for Wyndham’s Theatre. It now connects the front of house areas of the Sondheim and Gielgud theatres as an impressive versatile, multi-configuration event space. These works, and their ongoing conservation to the highest possible standards, are testament to Cameron’s passion for, and major financial contribution to, the guardianship of his theatres, giving audiences and artists an unparalleled theatrical experience and providing an outstanding legacy for generations of theatregoers to come.

Following Bernard’s death in 1994, First Leisure, under the chairmanship of Michael Grade, decided to divest its theatre interests and Cameron secured complete ownership of DMT in 1999. In the same year, Cameron successfully bid for the 150-year leasehold interest in the Shaftesbury Avenue block that incorporated the Gielgud and Queen’s Theatres (subsequently renaming the latter the Sondheim in 2019, after his friend and colleague, the incomparable musical theatre composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, on completion of a multi-million pound restoration, re-instating Sprague’s intentions to the 1940 bomb-damaged auditorium and front-of-house areas) and three years later he purchased the freehold from Christ’s Hospital at the suggestion of John Gale. By 2006, following the conclusion of the operating leases held by Really Useful Theatres (now LW Theatres), both the Queen’s and the Gielgud had become fully part of the DMT group. Also in 1999, freeholders Gascoyne Holdings (part of the Salisbury Family Trust) arranged a new 125-year lease with Cameron for the Albery (now the Noël Coward) and Wyndham’s Theatres with DMT taking over the operation of these two theatres from Ambassador Theatre Group (and previously Mayfair Entertainment, the entertainment group of Chesterfield

Most recently, in 2014, DMT acquired the Victoria Palace Theatre from Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen. Before its reopening in 2017 with the European premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning production, Hamilton, this beautiful Frank Matcham theatre was magnificently restored and enlarged. Similarly, since 1992, Cameron has commissioned, masterminded and curated a programme of major restoration and refurbishment throughout the portfolio, investing a total of approximately £250 million, and combining beautiful renovation with twenty-first century comfort at all eight theatres. Of particular note, the auditoria and public spaces of four of the theatres (Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Sondheim and Victoria Palace) have been completely re-constructed, honouring and reinstating the intentions of the original architects as much as possible.

Properties which later became Associated Capital Theatres) in September 2005.

JOB DESCRIPTION DMT has its own in-house Property & Projects Team who oversee design, construction, M&E, FM and maintenance projects across the company’s assets. The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for the planning, procurement and delivery of Capital and Minor Work projects across the DMT portfolio. This varied role is based at our head office in Mackintosh House, but will involve working with other teams in all eight of our Theatres.

Senior Project Manager Head of Property and Projects Property and Projects Contracts and Projects Manager and Project Manager

Job Title: Reporting to: Department: Responsible for: Main Duties

• In conjunction with the Head of Property and Projects and other senior members of the team, develop, plan & implement medium to long-term strategic plans & policies across the business. • Managing Projects: to deliver projects, taking responsibility for managing all aspects of the works ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget and to the agreed quality. • Act as Client Side project manager to manage all aspects of larger Capital Projects including appointment of external professional teams, feasibility studies, cost plans, procurement and delivery. • Minor Work projects: give direction, manage and oversee the delivery of minor works projects through your team. • Manage work orders that are generated or escalated through the CAFM system ensuring your team complete these in line with agreed priorities and expectations. • Supporting the Theatre Asset Manager to deliver any MEP contracts and/or construction-related works required. • Responsible for the development of a Forward Maintenance Register, which will include life cycle works, re-roofing, trends identified on CAFM and major external and internal redecorations programmes.

• Department finances: agree, set, manage and control budgets across projects to ensure value for money is achieved, and ensure there are transparent cost plans. • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety legislation and DMT’s internal policies and procedures.

Main Duties continued • Alongside other senior members of the team, set out requirements for establishing a ‘One Drive’ filing and document management system across the department for project documents and records. • Act as deputy to the Head of Property and Projects as and when required. • Maintain the Property department’s records and reporting systems to ensure compliance-related works and contracts are delivered in line with set time scales and best practice. • Undertake any other reasonable task/request by Department Head and/or Senior Management Team.


• Maintain any documents and records required to ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations and legislation. • Comply with all DMT policies and represent the company with diplomacy, discretion and courtesy at all times, safeguarding all confidential information. • Maintain an awareness of DMT as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Ltd group of companies and undertake any other reasonable duties as required. Person Specification Essential • Degree or equivalent experience in construction or related discipline. • Substantial management experience at a senior level in a similar role in a high-quality public-facing organisation. • Demonstrable experience of project management and delivering complex projects successfully. • Excellent written communication and numeracy skills. • Excellent financial management and budgeting skills. • Experience of developing medium to long-term strategic plans across a Heritage Estate. • Track record of managing specialist consultants and subcontractors with a strong focus around quality, compliance and cost-effectiveness. • IT literate and experience of IT systems, databases, statistical analysis and reporting • Excellent leadership and people management skills. • Capable of working in a demand driven service, combined with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.


• Member of a professional body – CIOB, RICS, ARB.

Principal Terms and Conditions Salary: Hours: Contract type: Department: Reports to:

Circa. £70k 40 per week Permanent Property and Projects Head of Property and Projects

Full terms and conditions of employment will be confirmed to the successful candidate.


Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is an equal opportunities employer, and our recruitment process is open to all. We are determined to foster a culture of inclusivity and respect where everyone feels valued and supported. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG.) To arrange a briefing conversation please contact our advisor Nick Coppard:

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages).

Applications should be sent to

The closing date for applications is Sunday 2 nd April.

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