Job Title:  Director, International Strategy and Planning

Department:  Marketing & Publicity

Santa Monica, CA, US, 90404

Summary of Position:

The Director plays a key, active role driving the company’s international growth and strategy and reports directly to the EVP, International Digital Networks. The successful candidate will support the team’s effort in formulating business strategy and analyzing business opportunities to drive both organic and paid growth. The successful candidate is an independent, analytical, and intellectually curious individual who can structure analyses and strategies and articulate findings to a wide range of business stakeholders, including senior leadership throughout the organization. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Actively participate in key strategic planning processes across the international organization (e.g. marketing, distribution, data, finance), working across businesses and functions to frame strategy, outline key initiatives, and analyze financial plans
  • Facilitate strategic planning and the allocation of the marketing budget and managing optimization and adjustments across paid media, brand marketing and direct response
  • Be the primary driver of forecasting subscribers and revenue working closely with the finance team
  • Prepare presentations for senior management to provide analyses and recommendations to assist with strategic decision-making on a variety of high impact projects across the organization 
  • Build from scratch and analyze complex financial models with maximum flexibility in order to make more informed trade-off decisions related to Starzplay international growth including analytical initiatives such as market sizing, entry strategy and business formation 
  • Support strategy, organization and operations-related projects: able to articulate the problem, develop hypotheses, structure analysis, collect the necessary data, and communicate findings succinctly and thoughtfully
  • Proactively partner with cross-functional stakeholders to identify financial drivers & maintain the highest level of data quality, must be able to distill large amounts of information into key points and takeaways
  • Assist with commercial and financial due diligence
Experience & Skills:
  • 10+ years of experience working in a strategy consulting, investment banking, corporate development, equity research or similar professional services organizations. Strong preference for experience in the media and entertainment or related technology industries
  • Previous experience in digital distribution, including OTT, SVOD or 3rd party platforms; international experience strongly preferred
  • Exceptional quantitative skills and financial acumen, including advanced financial modeling, and experience with SQL and Tableau (or its equivalent)
  • Persuasive communication skills, written and verbal, particularly the ability to develop coherent arguments and present them concisely to a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in video, social media, mobile, in international markets and their underlying business models and technologies
  • Ability to work in a matrixed role under tight deadlines
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a top-tier university; MBA from a leading business school required
About the Company:

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.




Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws.  In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.