Discovery Networks International (“DNI”) is a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world. Discovery operates one of the most extensive international television businesses in the media industry, delivering quality content designed to inform, entertain and inspire the world. Reaching 3 billion global cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery delivers global appeal and local relevance, connecting with diverse audiences by providing context for the ever-changing world.
Discovery Networks International distributes an average of 10 channels in every market, and employs an extensive localization strategy by offering customized schedules and programming in 45 languages worldwide via 352 distribution feeds.
Discovery’s organic international business has grown rapidly for the past several years, led by the expansion and performance of its global flagship channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Science and Turbo. Discovery also has strengthened its presence in key markets and across multiple content genres by gaining control of Eurosport – Europe’s leading sports entertainment group as well as through the acquisitions of SBS in the Nordics, Switchover Media in Italy and Fatafeat in the Middle East.
The Strategy Team
The Strategy Team works with DNI’s CEO, CFO/COO and other members of the Senior Management Team in developing, articulating and challenging the strategy of Discovery’s global business. The team works across the highest value issues facing the company, supporting strategic projects and decision making and ensuring we are positioned to win in the future. For example:
How will we distribute our content in 5-10 years’ time
Should we invest $1BN+ in Olympic Rights in Europe?
What Digital Products do we need to launch?
What markets will continue to deliver growth in Pay TV?
Where should we compete in the Free to Air television market?
How do we maintain high growth and margins while investing?
The Strategy Team reports directly into the CFO/COO and works with global functions (e.g., content, finance, digital) and local market teams across our five operating regions.
The Strategy Analyst / Strategy Manager will join the Strategy Team to work on a variety of different projects, spanning all the different parts of Discovery’s business.
Specific responsibilities include:
To conduct research, gather input from all relevant teams and develop knowledge on relevant business areas
Liaise with regional and / or central teams to collate and verify data
Sourcing market data and conducting independent research
To develop robust analyses to drive strategic insights
Build scenario-driven models
Support M&A transactions
Use creativity to consider analytical problems from a range of angles
To create presentations that deliver strategic insights, analyses and recommendations
Structure storyline flow
Present findings to the team and wider audiences
Support regular Senior Management meetings
To support in framing and structuring new projects: being able to help the team articulate the right questions and challenges
To contribute creative and strategic thinking on projects and to challenge existing perceptions
To undertake regular reports as required
To support ad-hoc requests from Senior Management on emerging issues
Some experience in corporate strategy, strategy consulting, M&A or a related field
Proven capability in sourcing data and conducting research
Strong analytical skills
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Strong multi-tasking skills, with experience of working on a variety of projects and timelines simultaneously
Strong inter-personal skills –must be a team player and confident to liaise with much more senior colleagues
Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills
Passionate about working in the media industry