Executive Director Strategic Planning & Benchmarking job vacancy in Discovery Communications (Bellevue, WA 98004)

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Company name : Discovery Communications
Location : Bellevue, WA 98004
Position : Executive Director Strategic Planning & Benchmarking

Description :
Location NY, LA, Atlanta (NY preferred)
Current WBD employees will be given preferential consideration for this opportunity. This position will only be posted for five business days.
The Executive Director Strategic Planning & Benchmarking is at the core of translating WBDs strategy into financial outcomes. In close collaboration with the Corporate Strategy Team, this position will make sure the execution of our strategy aligns with our financial performance targets. This will be further supported by pressure-testing the planning assumptions with the business leads and benchmarking against market and competitor data.


Own the company’s financial long-range planning process & planning model
Collaborate with the Corporate Strategy Team to establish a strategic planning process framework and continuously improve the process
Ensure Senior Leadership is equipped with necessary information on long-term financial outlook, in particular around key events like Investor Day, Earnings Releases, Board Meetings etc.
Present Long Range Plans to Company Leadership
Partner with Business Unit Finance & Strategy teams to improve planning models, select relevant key drivers, develop planning scenarios and ensure planning assumptions are linked to Corporate Strategy
Partner with other Corporate Finance departments such as Tax and Controllership to make sure the necessary information for e.g. statutory accounting is provided timely and sufficiently
Incorporate Capital Market focused metrics in the long-range plan, such as FCF, Leverage, Valuations etc.
Benchmark planning assumptions against market and competitor data, challenge the business teams if necessary
Translate strategic assumptions into financial performance goals


10+ years in strategy or FP&A roles in a large corporate, or related role and several years in top-tier consultancy or investment banking
MBA or equivalent degree, or evidence of on-the-job training in similar skills
Experience managing small teams of 3-4 people, often distributed across multiple locations

Excellent problem structuring skills, incl. understanding and simply communicating the major drivers of business performance
Excellent communication skills to senior leaders, incl. written and verbal communications
Strong financial modeling skills, incl. driver-based models, cash-flow forecasting, and some limited valuation methodologies
Excellent process management, incl. complex cross-company processes requiring input from multiple business and finance leaders
Strong creativity, incl. identifying potential sources of upside on financial performance together with business leaders
Familiarity with industry reports and other sources of competitive intelligence
Strong people leadership, incl. experience managing small teams directly and engaging other teams across a complex business

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