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Executive Director, International Strategy & Planning

Starz

Santa Monica, CA 07-14-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Summary of Position

The Executive Director, International Strategy and Planning plays a key, active role driving the company's international growth and strategy and reports directly to the President, International Networks. The Executive Director will support the team's effort in formulating business strategy and analyzing business opportunities to drive both organic and paid growth. The successful candidate is an independent, analytical, and intellectually curious individual who can structure analyses and strategies and articulate findings to a wide range of business stakeholders, including senior leadership throughout the organization.

Responsibilitites
• Actively participate in key strategic planning processes across the international organization (e.g. marketing, distribution, data, finance), working across businesses and functions to frame strategy, outline key initiatives, and analyze financial plans
• Facilitate strategic planning and the allocation of the marketing budget and managing optimization and adjustments across paid media, brand marketing and direct response
• Be the primary driver of forecasting subscribers and revenue working closely with the finance team
• Prepare presentations for senior management to provide analyses and recommendations to assist with strategic decision-making on a variety of high impact projects across the organization
• Build from scratch and analyze complex financial models with maximum flexibility in order to make more informed trade-off decisions related to Starzplay international growth including analytical initiatives such as market sizing, entry strategy and business formation
• Support strategy, organization and operations-related projects: able to articulate the problem, develop hypotheses, structure analysis, collect the necessary data, and communicate findings succinctly and thoughtfully
• Proactively partner with cross-functional stakeholders to identify financial drivers & maintain the highest level of data quality, must be able to distill large amounts of information into key points and takeaways
• Assist with commercial and financial due diligence as necessary

Qualifications & Skills
• 7+ years of experience working in a strategy consulting, investment banking, corporate development, equity research or similar professional services organizations. Strong preference for experience in the media and entertainment or related technology industries
• Previous experience in digital distribution, including OTT, SVOD or 3rd party platforms; international experience strongly preferred
• Exceptional quantitative skills and financial acumen, including advanced financial modeling, and experience with SQL and Tableau (or its equivalent)
• Persuasive communication skills, written and verbal, particularly the ability to develop coherent arguments and present them concisely to a range of stakeholders
• Knowledge of emerging trends in video, social media, mobile, in international markets and their underlying business models and technologies
• Ability to work in a matrixed role under tight deadlines
• A Bachelor's degree from a top-tier university; MBA from a leading business school required
• Foreign language skills a plus
• Accounting experience a plus

About

With the Company aligning its studio operations behind the growth of its streaming business, Starz has become one of the pre-eminent modern premium global streaming platforms. Offering subscribers more than 7.500 television episodes, including Starz original series and provocative documentaries, along with a broad catalogue of first-run movies, Starz is taking the lead in delivering relatable premium content that makes it the platform of choice among a wide spectrum of female, African-American and other historically underserved audiences. Its focused brand, premium content and freedom from legacy relationships position Starz at the forefront of the new bundles emerging throughout the media ecosystem, a compelling value proposition to complement virtually every kind of subscription platform.

Distinguished by its successful and focused content strategy, top programming, exceptional curation and speed to market, Starz has quickly scaled its platform to become one of the most widely distributed and fastest-growing OTT services in the world, with OTT subscribers making up more than half of its global subscriber base. The Starzplay International premium subscription service offers a ''best of global SVOD'' content portfolio in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Canada, Japan and India through a bespoke and expanding network of distribution partners. The Starzplay Arabia joint venture is one of the leading SVOD operators in the fast-growing Middle East and North Africa region. The proprietary and highly-rated Starz app, a proven hit with US audiences, continues to roll out internationally.
Our Benefits
• Full Coverage – Medical, Vision, and Dental
• Work/Life Balance – generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
• 401(k) company matching
• Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

EEO Statement

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rvp5zw-3-238-204-167-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Starz

Combining the STARZ premium global subscription platform with world-class motion picture and television studio operations, Lionsgate brings a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. Its film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and the largest collection of film and television franchises in the independent media space.