Senior Manager, Corporate Alliances Strategy

Walt Disney Co. Burbank , CA 91506

Posted 2 months ago

Job Summary:

The Corporate Alliance Strategy team is seeking a highly qualified individual to help lead strategy, financial analysis, and recommendation development for the Corporate Alliance organization. A role on this team provides a unique opportunity to learn about business units across Disney (e.g., studio, direct-to-consumer, parks, experiences, & products, media networks), and make a significant and lasting impact!

The ideal candidate will have a natural curiosity to pressure-test assumptions and drive strategic thinking and execution, always pushing to understand "why" and question "how can we improve." The ideal candidate is a proactive leader and problem solver, equally comfortable with complex financial analyses as they are building relationships and interfacing with partners of all levels across the organization. A team-oriented attitude, sense of fun, and eagerness to tackle challenging business problems are all essential.

Disney's Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services team develops and holistically manages complex, long-term, multi-dimensional relationships with select brands and companies. This team is dedicated to creating incremental value to The Walt Disney Company and its partners through creative development of marketing and sponsorship programs, management of partner relationships across all business units at The Walt Disney Company and the creation of new partnerships aligned with The Walt Disney Company's businesses and strategic goals. The Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services organization leverages company and partner assets to create value globally for The Walt Disney Company.

Responsibilities:

Strategy Development

  • Identify, structure, lead and complete strategic and operationally-focused projects, interfacing across the team and cross-functionally to ensure stakeholder buy-in and alignment throughout the process

  • Create executive-ready presentations that extract and elegantly summarize findings and recommendations

  • Serve as thought partner to Strategy Director and Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services Directors/VPs

  • Explore new approaches and frameworks to address team and Partner needs, always challenging the status quo and elevating the greater Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services team in the process

  • Structure, lead and distill market research projects to enable ROI measurement, with the support of Disney and/or third party research teams

  • Synthesize financial and consumer insight data to help inform Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services strategic direction and priorities

Financial Analysis

  • Structure, lead and distill financial analyses, collaborating closely with Disney Finance teams

  • Analyze financial data along with internal and external consumer insights to understand drivers of financial performance and to inform broader team strategy

  • Proactively surface & mine key data sources to help support strategic and operational objectives

General Responsibilities

  • Develop presentations for and present to senior leadership, independently and with senior Strategy team members

  • Actively contribute to discussions with senior leadership (VP, SVP, EVP, CFO) and all levels of Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services team

  • Work closely with other Walt Disney Company segments (e.g., studio, direct-to-consumer, parks, experiences, & products, media networks) and stakeholders within those segments (e.g., Finance, Research, Industrial Engineering, Imagineering)

Basic Qualifications:

Technical skills and requirements:

  • Advanced analytical skills (forecasting, opportunity/market sizing, trend analysis, etc.)

  • Significant experience in developing financial models, forecasts and operating plans

  • Ability to independently craft executive-ready presentations with clear storylines

  • Significant experience independently managing complex, cross-functional projects

Additional skills and requirements:

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills

  • Professionalism to work directly with Disney senior leadership and present findings in formal settings

  • Self-starter with ability to deal with ambiguity (and see it as an opportunity to make an impact!)

  • Comfort with uncertainty and ability to drive to an answer (e.g., if leadership poses a general question, Senior Manager is able to determine areas for analysis and data required to conduct this analysis, is able to realize areas for further review vs. 'dead ends', and is able to adapt their answer and analysis as they work toward finding the answer)

  • Advanced interpersonal skills to build relationships within and external to Marketing Partnerships, Alliances, and Card Services department, gather data, and gain consensus

  • Ability to embody confidence without attitude in order to respectfully lead teams of varying levels in data discovery and analysis and strategy development

  • Advanced time management skills to oversee a number of simultaneous projects across areas of the company. Able to conduct own work, work with existing Manager, and assist Director as needed.

  • Survey writing / analysis experience a plus

  • Familiarity with and passion for Disney business lines

  • 5-7 Years work experience with demonstrated progression in leadership

  • 2 Years minimum in investment banking, corporate finance, management consulting and/or corporate strategy

  • 2 Years minimum in a corporate setting working in strategy, finance, corporate development, or strategic finance

Required Education
4-year degree in business / quantitative field (business, engineering, sciences etc.) strongly preferred

Preferred Education

MBA / graduate degree strongly preferred

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company's powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you'll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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