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Category Manager, Episodic Production Services

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 770401BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Mar. 09, 2021

Job Summary:

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

The Enterprise Sourcing (ES) team has been established to support all of the corporate functions’ Sourcing & procurement requirements. In addition, the Enterprise Sourcing team is responsible for directly supporting the Sourcing & Procurement needs of the business Segments and developing and executing Category Management strategies.


The Category Manager, Episodic Production Services will be part of a team responsible for supporting sourcing initiatives that achieve value without compromising business strategy and performance in the production of programmatic content from conception through distribution on multiple systems, platforms and channels in support of various business units and/or segments. Specifically, this role will provide category strategy development and management, market and spend analysis, client engagement, supplier management, and be accountable for collaborating with various stakeholders and peer sourcing teams.

This position requires excellent communication and internal customer service abilities as the Category Manager will be responsible for interfacing with Global & Local Sourcing/Production/Finance/Business Unit clients on a regular basis.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop clear and consistent category strategies to achieve the vision aligned with company objectives, to include:
    • Analysis of industry trends and conditions that affect internal stakeholders and external suppliers and/or pricing
    • Strategic plans from a broad perspective, that have impact beyond immediate scope
  • Engage stakeholders to understand key priorities and align those for the category strategies as well as for Annual Operating Plan development
  • Communicate and report to management the status of any critical external relationships that could affect planning and decision-making
  • Lead cross-functional sourcing projects to include:
    • Development of the sourcing strategy
    • Evaluation of vendors, firms and other consultants based on pre-determined selection
    • Analysis of bids based on total cost/supply to identify opportunities to achieve optimal value
    • Preparation and execution of contracts as well as perform post-award administration (e.g. negotiating, issuing change orders, contract closeouts)
  • Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry best practices
  • Ensure compliance with Disney policies and Sourcing best practices
  • Thinks Strategically
    • Develops clear and consistent strategies to achieve the vision aligned with company objectives
    • Provides strategic plans from a broad perspective, that have impact beyond immediate scope
    • Examines issues from a broad perspective, considering impact beyond immediate scope
    • Leverages synergy opportunities across functions and businesses
    • Stays current on business issues, industry trends, and technology advances
  • Builds Relationships
    • Establishes critical internal & external alliances
    • Engages colleagues across the organization to optimize performance
    • Manages the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • Communicates Effectively
    • Communicates effectively to broad audiences, ensuring consistency of understanding & implementation in varied markets
    • Obtains full engagement through inspiring communications
    • Provides appropriate rationale and context to drive commitment
    • Effectively persuades others to support ideas and plans
    • Listens and asks questions to ensure understanding and respect of LOB and Local specificities
  • Drives Results
    • Develops, recommends & supports long term strategies
    • Translates strategy into specific priorities, objectives, and action plans
    • Manages projects, processes and resources to produce desired outcomes
    • Uses technology to facilitate better results
    • Analyses data and information to drive decisions
  • Inspires Creativity and Innovation
    • Builds a working environment that encourages creative thinking & supports risk taking
    • Proactively looks for new opportunities, best practices and market innovations
    • Transfers ideas and successes across boundaries
    • Challenges the status quo
  • Champions Change
    • Articulates a compelling business case for change
    • Leads change efforts from inception to attainment of desired results
    • Demonstrates flexibility in response to changes
  • Exhibits Professional Excellence
    • Pursues excellence with integrity, passion and courage
    • Identifies opportunities to increase professional excellence across the team
    • Shows consistency in words and actions
    • Treats others with respect
    • Demonstrate exemplary integrity and ethics in all instances

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5-7+ years’ experience in a Strategic Sourcing Environment
  • Production Services Category Sourcing knowledge and experience; post-production knowledge is a plus
  • Able to demonstrate strong knowledge of Category Management framework (analysis, strategy, implementation, measurement) and proven experience in creating category strategies
  • Strong analytical/project skills, capable of leading and managing an array of initiatives from project initiation through final presentation
  • Demonstrate the ability to work strategically and develop compelling business cases for change
  • Demonstrate the ability to exceed the demands of various internal stakeholders across multiple business units and regions
  • Detailed and structured cost/financial analysis experience
  • Solid negotiation skills with an ability to influence clients at all levels in the organization
  • Deliverable-focused, strong work ethic
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Experience in leading & managing virtual teams is a plus
  • Customer service orientation and client-centered focus
  • Willingness to travel (position may require up to 15% travel)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Production, Entertainment Companies with a global footprint
  • Experience in Sourcing Production Services & Technology in a Media & Entertainment environment
  • Knowledge of Production/Post Production Services & Technology categories in international markets
  • Internal/external business consulting experience desired

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Preferred Education

  • MBA or another quantitative discipline 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, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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