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Media & Entertainment Director & Senior Director – Strategy & Media Operations

Location: New York, NY, United States
Date Posted: Feb 6, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and advisory services, is seeking Managers, Directors, and Senior Directors to join its growing Media & Entertainment (M&E) team within the Corporate Performance Improvement practice.

At A&M, our global, market-leading Media & Entertainment Practice fully understands our unique and segmented industry with decades of experience in strategy, transformation, operations, and solutions as leaders in professional services and operators.

Our clients are focused on large-scale change initiatives focused on corporate transformation, digital transformation and M&A transaction driven change events such as mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs of core and non-core assets.  We are looking for talented candidates that possess the optimal mix of M&E industry subject matter expertise along with functional operational and strategic experience to engage in driving transformation and lasting, high impact outcomes.

Our M&E team is looking for Director or Senior Director candidates with a proven track record of driving improvements in key processes, financial and operating results, and M&E industry benchmarks through the optimization of their operational and strategic experience.  We are looking for candidates passionate about the M&E industry and looking for the opportunity to work in a unique consulting environment as they work on teams comprised of industry operators and media executives, experienced industry consultants and functional domain experts.

Candidate background should include deep operational and/or strategic experience working in a studio and/or television network setting -- and must have a deep understanding of the media and/or sports landscape.

We are looking for candidates with a bias toward action and a track record of delivering meaningful results.  

Our ideal candidates will have deep functional expertise in many of the following areas:

M&E Industry Experience:

  • TV & Film Studios
  • TV Networks (Broadcast & Cable)
  • TV & Film Streaming
  • Sports Rights Analysis, etc.

Service Focus & Solution experience:

  • Corporate transformation strategy & execution: Target operating model diagnostics and implementation to drive organization, process and cost transformation
  • M&A integration, carve-out of non-core assets:  Pre-deal due diligence, synergy identification, Integration Management Office (IMO), TSA’s, synergy realization and value capture
  • Media Finance Transformation: Platform & process optimization for network & studio accounting, rights and By-title analytics
  • Media Supply chain and content enablement: process and platform integration to optimize media management creation, rights, order management, media exploitation and distribution
  • Digital Transformation:  Media technology portfolio modernization and optimization of core M&E processes and platforms at the enterprise and division level

Project and Communication Skills

  • Ability to employ high emotional IQ in client and team interactions to build consensus and buy-in to support change efforts
  • Ability to synthesize diverse ideas, facts, and data into a cohesive analysis that includes problem statement, solution hypotheses, and robust data analysis to support recommendations
  • Provide service excellence by identifying key client business issues
  • Analysis validation / recommendation development for the client in the context of the overall engagement
  • Deliverable quality management and oversight
  • Team and day-to-day client relationship management to ensure exceptional performance
  • Participate in the development and presentation of proposals for business development activities
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle multiple, and often conflicting, priorities at one time
  • Great attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in all work
  • High degree of professionalism and confidentiality in handling and having access to client information
  • Strong analytical, project management, oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills (MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to travel depending on home base

People Skills

  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing business stakeholder relationships
  • Highest personal and professional ethics consistent with the A&M’s Core Values (Integrity | Quality | Objectivity | Fun | Personal Reward | Inclusive Diversity)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment that is fast-paced and entrepreneurial
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Advocate of team concept

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the media and entertainment industry demonstrating a track record of delivering measurable and sustainable results
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in consulting at a major firm or media boutique firm
  • Ability to originate new opportunities using personal network (net new or existing clients), and/or generate work from project expansion efforts within existing client including referring work to others across the firm

The salary range for Director is $150,000-$225,000 annually and Senior Director is $175,000-$275,000 annually, dependent on several variables including but not limited to education, experience, skills, and geography. In addition, A&M offers a discretionary bonus program which is based on a number of factors, including individual and firm performance.  Please ask your recruiter for details.


Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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