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Media & Entertainment Director & Senior Director – Technology Strategy and Transformation

Location: Chicago, IL, 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 a Manager, Director, and Senior Director 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 non-core assets.  We are looking for talented candidates that possess the optimal mix of M&E industry domain expertise, technology vision & execution skills and functional experience to engage in driving transformation and lasting, high impact outcomes.

Our M&E team is looking for Director, and Senior Director candidates with technology transformation experience and a proven track record of driving improvements in key processes, financial and operating results, and M&E industry benchmarks through the optimization of technology portfolios driving changes at the heart of the M&E business and the evolution of the industry.  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 experience should include M&E transformation, consolidation and integration of application portfolios supporting enterprise financials, ad sales, distribution sales, content supply chain; technology M&A integration with PMO/IMO experience, cloud adoption and optimization; data and analytics platforms supporting consumer, content, financial & operational data.

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

Our ideal candidates will have deep expertise in some of the following areas and technologies:

M&E Industry experience:

  • TV & Film Studios
  • TV Networks (Broadcast & Cable)
  • TV & Film Streaming
  • Entertainment and Sports Rights

Business & Technology Domain Expertise:

  • Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Management, Information & Data architecture
  • Technology Portfolio & Financial Management
  • Technology Strategy and road map development
  • Program Management/Integration Management Office
  • Technology and business process outsourcing
  • Functional understanding of M&E business models and functions; Financials (By Title Accounting), Ad Sales, Distribution Sales, Digital Supply Chain and Direct to Consumer streaming (SVOD, AVOD, FAST), Content production and supporting processes
  • Enterprise process platforms: Financials, Supply Chain, CRM, HCM, Data Platforms
  • Advanced Analytics supporting financials, Ad sales, content performance, consumer insights
  • Enterprise platforms: ERP, CRM, SCM, EDW, Title Metadata
  • Global IT Operations & Service Management
  • Cloud Architecture, Integration Services & DevOps

Technologies:

  • ERP (SAP, Oracle, Workday)
  • CRM (Salesforce, MS Dynamics)
  • Ad Sales (WO, Operative, Mediaocean) Programmatic and Advance Advertising platforms
  • Rights, Programming and Scheduling Systems (RSG, Rightsline, Filmtrack)
  • Digital Supply Chain (Title Metadata systems, Media Order Management (Xytech), Media Distribution)
  • Enterprise data platforms (Snowflake, Teradata, BigQuery, PowerBI)
  • Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)
  • RPA / Automation (UIPath, Automation Everywhere)
  • Adobe (Marketing / Creative Suite)
  • Royalty, Profit Participation and Residuals Systems

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
  • Identify key client business issues to analyze and develop strategies, solutions and execution plans to achieve client outcomes with high impact
  • Work across solution networks to collaborate and deliver scaled complimentary client solutions
  • Manage client and stakeholder relationships to establish and maintain alignment and value delivery
  • Develop, evaluate and validate analysis for developing client recommendations in the context of the overall engagement
  • Implement and oversee the quality of deliverables
  • Effectively manage the team and day-to-day relationships to ensure exceptional performance
  • Lead the development and presentation of proposals and material for business development activities.
  • Develop and supplement standard techniques and tools with innovative approaches to deliver client outcomes.
  • Deliver results-oriented technology solutions that deliver on client expectations and outcomes.
  • 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.)

Qualifications, Education & Experience:

  • M&E Functional & Technical expertise as a business/solution architect or enterprise architect preferred
  • 10+ years of experience; 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 M&E boutique firm focused on performance improvement
  • 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
  • Combination of consulting and M&E industry experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
  • 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
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Advocate of team concept
  • Comfortable with travel

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.

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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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