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Director of Strategy & Corporate Development, UKTV

  • UKTV Media Ltd
  • London, UK
  • 07/05/2024
Executive Marketing

Job Description


We have an exciting opportunity for a Director of Strategy & Corporate Development, UKTV to join the Strategy team. 

UKTV and BBCS UK Region is seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Strategy and Corporate Development to join our team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for driving the development and execution of our corporate strategy, as well as working with core stakeholders across UKTV and BBC Group to identify and pursue opportunities for growth. The Director of Strategy and Corporate Development will be the senior Strategy representative of the GM Strategy, Insight & Corporate Development and as such will maintain a strong grasp of the UK Region’s business priorities, being able to deputise effectively and engage in senior level debate.

What we would like you to bring to the role
  • Significant experience in strategy consulting, investment banking, corporate development or a related role within the media industry (preferably digital)
  • Proven track record of successfully leading strategic and corporate development initiatives 
  • Deep understanding of the media and digital landscape, including trends, technologies and competitive dynamics
  • Familiarity with strategic frameworks
  • Strong business acumen and financial literacy, with experience in financial modelling and analysis
  • Robust appreciation and experience of data-driven and customer-centric approaches to driving growth
Skills & personal qualities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong leadership and development skills to manage a team and create the environment for them to do their best work
  • Strong interpersonal skills, possessing the confidence to engage, influence and challenge right up to Board level
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills, with ability to navigate ambiguity
  • Ability to distill complex information to deliver into actionable insights and recommendations
  • Excellent collaborator and influencer; able to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders both internally and externally across several departments and services.
  • Strong communication skills that set a clear direction and mobilises the team to deliver, capable of communicating with diplomacy & clarity, successfully conveying a strategic narrative, and taking others on the journey with you.

What you will get to work on 
You will:
  • Manage team members: motivating, engaging and developing them to perform at their best 
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to define and prioritize strategic objectives and activity, providing guidance and support to help business units achieve their goals.
  • Have a deep appreciation of the near and long term strategic priorities of the BBC, taking an active role in shaping  BBCS UK Region activity as a part of it and developing strong relationships with counterparts across the BBC Group.
  • Collaborate with the Directors of Insights and Data to interpret key consumer trends and proactively define business response.
  • Be responsible for the creation and implementation of business-critical measures and metrics to facilitate strategic discussion, planning and decision making.
  • Be the strategy lead within the Digital leadership group, taking ownership of strategy development and directly influencing the direction and sustainable growth of UKTV’s digital footprint.
  • Partner with stakeholders across all areas of the business (UKTV, BBC Studios, BBC Group) to evaluate the feasibility and long-term potential of strategic initiatives.  
  • Be comfortable advising across a breadth of areas (digital, editorial, distribution and advertising) to inform our D2C & B2B routes to market.
  • Take a data driven approach, and work closely with cross functional teams to drive alignment and execution.
  • Prepare and present strategic recommendations and updates to senior management. 
  • Conduct thorough market research and analysis of the competitive and regulatory landscape to identify trends, opportunities and threats in the media industry, and sharing insight regularly with wider business. 
  • Provide on-going objective assessment of existing business activities and re-prioritisation / refocusing as and when necessary
  • Lead the evaluation of potential M&A, partnership and other strategic transactions and play an active role in their execution.
  • Work with the finance team, develop financial models and conduct due diligence to assess the financial viability and strategic fit of potential opportunities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key industry players, including potential partners and advisors
  • Deputise for GM, Strategy Insight & Corporate Development at ELT and other senior forums as required

At UKTV, we are working in a hybrid environment with a mixture of home and office working. Getting together in the office as a team and a company gives colleagues an opportunity to build and maintain great relationships, encourages our culture of collaboration and creativity while recognising that colleagues need to have a healthy and happy work-life balance. You’ll agree with your manager the split of time you spend in the office or at home based on the role that you do, how often you come together as a team and your personal preference. 

Diversity & Inclusion Commitment
At UKTV, our inclusion vision is to truly represent society in our workforce and on-screen, and create a culture of fairness and respect where we champion difference so that every person feels included and empowered to do their best work. We are committed to ensuring a level playing field at UKTV where all employees and job applicants are given equal opportunity, and that we have diverse voices at the table in everything we do. We welcome applications from everyone and we want UKTV to be a place where you can be your authentic self, give your best and develop your career free from discrimination of any kind.

Further information on the role/team

  • This role reports directly to the General Manager Strategy, Insights & Corporate Development (part of the UK Region Executive Leadership Team)
  • This role leads one of three functions reporting into the General Manager Strategy, Insights & Corporate Development – Strategy, Insights and Data – and will collaborate closely with Directors of Insights and Data to ensure alignment of recommendations

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 30 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.