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Manager, Strategy & Business Planning

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 738483BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Media Networks Date posted Jan. 17, 2020

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Television is composed of the Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) global entertainment and news television properties, including the world’s largest television studio. This includes the ABC Entertainment, Disney Television Studios (including ABC Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox21 Television Studio), ABC Owned Television Stations Group, ABC News, Disney Channels Worldwide, Freeform, FX Networks & FX Productions, National Geographic Partners and the company’s equity interest in A+E Television Networks.

A Manager of Strategy & Business Planning serves as a key member of the Strategy and Finance group for Freeform, Disney’s cable and digital network for Young Adults (original series include Good Trouble, grown-ish, Party of Five, The Bold Type). This role will work closely with Freeform’s Programming and Research teams in order to manage and evaluate strategic, financial and operational initiatives for the network. In addition, the Manager will conduct research, modeling and analysis to support new and existing business opportunities. Through partnerships with key stakeholders your work will include: performing strategic and financial analyses, decision support, analyzing new business initiatives. By providing project management and high-quality, thoughtful insights, the Manager plays an integral role in supporting the short-term and long-term financial success of this billion dollar business. This role works closely with Freeform and WDT leadership, and the individual must be an excellent communicator, comfortable presenting to senior executives and stakeholders across TWDC


  • Help drive the Annual Operating Plan and the Five Year Strategic Plan; evaluate Freeform’s short and long term business and investment strategy
  • Partner with Programming teams to evaluate optimal content strategies for the network
  • Provide modeling and analysis to support programming greenlight decisions for original programming and content acquisitions (series and movies)
  • Partner with key executives to research, model, and evaluate on a variety of strategic projects and initiatives for the network
  • Monitor industry trends and interpret the strategic implications for the business
  • Develop and communicate presentation materials and detailed reports for senior leadership

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years of prior experience in quantitative roles, preferably with a media and entertainment company, management consultancy, investment bank
  • Deep knowledge of the television business and media ecosystem
  • Superior analytical, financial modeling, and research skills, with high proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; highly effective at working with a variety of business partners and diverse stakeholders
  • Fluency in communicating complex ideas and data sets graphically in an effective way for senior-level executives
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Takes initiative and is a self-starter, with the ability to lead projects from inception
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a collaborative team
  • Familiarity with working in or with large organizations

Required Education

  • Bachelor Degree required

Preferred Education

  • MBA from a top-tier business school preferred

About Media Networks:

The Media Networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, publishing, domestic television stations, digital businesses and radio networks and stations.

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 ABC Cable Networks Group, which is part of a business segment we call Media Networks.

ABC Cable Networks Group 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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