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The Walt Disney Company Manager, Forecasting in Seattle, Washington

The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-To-Consumer and International (DTCI) is a new, global business segment for The Walt Disney Company with the mission of providing consumers around the world access to the content they want most, on the latest platforms, at a time of rapidly-evolving consumer habits. Combining the Company’s direct-to-consumer streaming services – ESPN+, the Disney SVOD service coming in 2019 -- alongside Disney’s international media businesses, DTCI aligns cutting-edge technology with world-class content and beloved brands to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver highly-personalized entertainment experiences to diverse consumers around the world.

The Manager of Forecasting on the Direct to Consumer & International (DTCI) Digital Media – Forecasting & Analytics team will lead business analysts that will be responsible for full scale execution of the forecast workflow. This will include data ingestion QA to working with the science team on specific models on the front end. This forecast process includes short (current quarter/current year) and long term (next year, 5 year, 10 year) forecasts as well as tactical (deal specific) and strategic/ad-hoc analysis across a number of different business units and distribution end points. This person will work with their team and leadership to balance the art and science of forecasting to identify user consumption patterns, short and long term trends, emerging insights, data anomalies, while understanding contextual drivers and make strategic recommendations to the Sr Manager, Forecasting and other team leaders. This role is both tactical and strategic and requires someone that can know when each are needed given the situation. These forecasts will be in support of the DTCI P&L’s for digital. This includes content and audience KPI’s across ESPN and ESPN+ and partner end points where this content is consumed (Hulu, YouTube, etc.).

Digital Media, Forecasting & Analytics is a highly collaborative team that works in an incredibly fast paced environment. The Manager of Forecasting will be responsible for building strong partnerships across the team of managers working on other business units and stakeholders across digital product, ad sales, finance, distribution, programming and marketing.

Responsibilities :

  • Leadership: We are looking for a leader who has a demonstrated past of leading analysts, driving initiatives in a fast paced environment. We are looking for a leader who is collaborative, results oriented, relationship driven and can effectively communicate complex initiatives/trends/data to stakeholders.

  • Forecasting/Modeling: Collaborate with analytics teams by leverage statistical and machine learning to measure and project a user’s engagement with the Disney platforms across many KPI’s. Drive changes to the science in the forecast that will enhance the forecast accuracy.

  • Partnership: Partner closely with internal and external business stakeholders to identify and unlock opportunities, and with other data teams to improve platform capabilities around data modeling, testing platforms, and data visualization.

  • Data Quality: As a subject matter expert on internal/external data sources, ensure anomalies/bugs are escalated and if needed workarounds developed to ensure the data is as clean as possible, as these KPI’s will become the source of truth for various groups

Basic Qualifications :

  • Proven history of successfully leading a team (1+ years’ experience)

  • Experience in forecasting, scenario planning, modeling

  • Experience with data visualization tools (Tableau, Looker)

  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, listening)

  • Strong analytic skills, high attention to detail and accuracy in a high-paced ambiguous environment either in a team setting or independently

  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize, multi-task and work with multiple managers on a variety of projects

  • Reliable; resourceful; pro-active in approach to questions, looks for solutions and information in creative ways

  • Flexible; embrace new assignments with a can-do attitude; will seek out opportunities to contribute without being asked

  • Knowledge and understanding of online advertising metrics as well as web analytics (Adobe Analytics, an ad serving platform, etc) is a plus

  • An understanding of online metrics including impressions, page views, episode starts and their relationship to each other is a plus

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, ideally in a quantitative field

Preferred Education :

  • Master’s degree is a plus

Job ID: 710543BR

Location: Seattle,Washington

Job Posting Company: Direct-to-Consumer and International

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