Director, Corporate Strategy

    • Santa Monica, CA

Job Title:Director, Corporate Strategy
Requisition ID:R000862
Job Description:Job Title: Director, Corporate Strategy
Reporting To: Chief Strategy Officer
Department: Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Your Platform

Activision Blizzard plays a centralized role in the creation of epic entertainment by supporting our interactive gaming brands and studios with a diverse range of career opportunities across corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Supply Chain. Located in our global headquarters in Santa Monica, we encompass equal parts agility, creativity and rigor to enhance the employee and player experience. To learn more, check us out at www.activisionblizzard.com or on Twitter at @ATVI_AB.

Your Mission

Corporate Strategy and Business Development is a critical and high-caliber team focused on the top strategic priorities for Activision Blizzard. The team is responsible for setting the corporate strategy and driving long-range planning for the Company, driving M&A and corporate development initiatives, and working closely with senior leaders in Activision Blizzard's Business Units on key initiatives. This is a high-profile team working with a diverse mix of both internal and external stakeholders, and Corporate Strategy alumni can be found in various leadership roles across the Company.

The Director role in Corporate Strategy and Business Development is a unique and highly visible role at Activision Blizzard that offers an accelerated trajectory into leadership roles within the Company for highly talented individuals. The successful candidate will support the team's M&A and corporate development efforts to proactively source and evaluate M&A and partnership opportunities, while grooming a team of highly talented individuals to take on leadership roles within the Company. The successful candidate's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Corporate Development and M&A

  • Develop overall M&A strategy for the enterprise; illustrative transactions include ~$19B merger with Blizzard / Vivendi Games, ~$6B acquisition of King, sale of Destiny publishing rights to Bungie, acquisition of MLG
  • Develop and monitor pipeline of potential M&A and partnership opportunities
  • Support evaluation and execution of M&A opportunities, including managing analysts to conduct due diligence, develop business cases, build detailed financial models (DCF, comps, accretion / dilution), and work closely with internal leaders and external advisors
  • Partner with business unit leaders to help shape M&A agenda


Corporate and Business Unit Strategy
  • Actively participate in key corporate strategic planning processes, working across businesses and functions to frame the corporate strategy and drive alignment and execution on key initiatives
  • Develop deep relationships with business unit leadership and work closely to support the execution of key strategic priorities for the different business units

Player Profile
  • Bachelor's degree, and MBA highly desirable, with 5-7 years of work experience, ideally in investment banking, private equity, and/or corporate development at a leading media or technology company
  • Proven ability to lead teams in a fast-paced environment and groom high-caliber talent on an accelerated career trajectory
  • Proven ability to manage complex M&A and other transactions, working with a broad range of internal stakeholders and external advisors
  • Exceptional quantitative skills and financial acumen
  • Ability to develop deep trust-based relationships and influence different stakeholder groups directly and indirectly
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple simultaneous priorities and deadlines with tight timelines
  • Exceptional problem-solving, decision-making and quantitative skills
  • Self-starter and comfort with ambiguity; must be self-directed and proactive starting day 1 on the job
  • Persuasive communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to tailor communications to a broad range of internal and external audiences
  • Broad network and deep passion for interactive entertainment and technology

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty ®, World of Warcraft® , Overwatch ®, Diablo ®, Candy Crush ™ and Bubble Witch ™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Department: Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Your Platform

Activision Blizzard plays a centralized role in the creation of epic entertainment by supporting our interactive gaming brands and studios with a diverse range of career opportunities across corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Supply Chain. Located in our global headquarters in Santa Monica, we encompass equal parts agility, creativity and rigor to enhance the employee and player experience. To learn more, check us out at www.activisionblizzard.com or on Twitter at @ATVI_AB.

Your Mission

Corporate Strategy and Business Development is a critical and high-caliber team focused on the top strategic priorities for Activision Blizzard. The team is responsible for setting the corporate strategy and driving long-range planning for the Company, driving M&A and corporate development initiatives, and working closely with senior leaders in Activision Blizzard's Business Units on key initiatives. This is a high-profile team working with a diverse mix of both internal and external stakeholders, and Corporate Strategy alumni can be found in various leadership roles across the Company.

The Director role in Corporate Strategy and Business Development is a unique and highly visible role at Activision Blizzard that offers an accelerated trajectory into leadership roles within the Company for highly talented individuals. The successful candidate will support the team's effort in formulating corporate strategy and analyzing business opportunities to drive both organic and inorganic growth, while grooming a team of highly talented individuals to take on leadership roles within the Company.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

Corporate Strategy
  • Actively participate in key corporate strategic planning processes, working across businesses and functions to frame the corporate strategy and drive alignment and execution on key initiatives
  • Develop the Company's perspective on long-term disruptive trends, frame potential options, and drive cross-BU and cross-functional execution against these options
  • Lead the annual long-range planning (LRP) process to develop the 3-year plan for the enterprise and align key stakeholders on the long-term strategic outlook, including a detailed assessment of potential market evolution scenarios, and evaluation of broader strategic options and multi-year investments across business units and functions

Business Unit Strategy & Support
  • Primarily align to one of the Company's business units to develop deep relationships with business unit leadership and shape the strategic agenda for the business
  • Support key strategic projects end-to-end by proactively identifying issues and solutions, managing cross-functional and cross-BU teams and resources, and driving alignment across a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders

Corporate Development and M&A
  • Support M&A and other corporate development opportunities as needed; illustrative transactions include ~$19B merger with Blizzard / Vivendi Games, ~$6B acquisition of King, sale of Destiny publishing rights to Bungie, acquisition of MLG

Player Profile
  • Bachelor's degree, and MBA highly desirable, with 5-7 years of work experience, ideally in management consulting and/or strategy at a leading media or technology company
  • Proven ability to lead teams in a fast-paced environment and groom high-caliber talent on an accelerated career trajectory
  • Track record of successfully managing complex cross-organizational and cross-functional projects and processes
  • Ability to develop deep trust-based relationships and influence different stakeholder groups directly and indirectly
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple simultaneous priorities and deadlines with tight timelines
  • Exceptional problem-solving, decision-making and quantitative skills
  • Self-starter and comfort with ambiguity; must be self-directed and proactive starting day 1 on the job
  • Persuasive communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to tailor communications to a broad range of internal and external audiences
  • Broad network and deep passion for interactive entertainment and technology

Our World
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty ®, World of Warcraft® , Overwatch ®, Diablo ®, Candy Crush ™ and Bubble Witch ™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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