Corporate Development Associate - Discovery Communications

  • London  
  • Company
    Discovery Communications  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    17 June 2017  
    Posted on
    19 May 2017  
Position Summary:

Discovery’s Corporate Development group is primarily responsible for evaluating and executing strategic M&A transactions and investments. The group also supports the development and execution of company-wide corporate strategy and assists business units/divisions in evaluating new business and/or cross-organization opportunities.  The Discovery Corporate Development group is looking for an Associate - Corporate Development.  

  • The Associate - Corporate Development, will be primarily responsible for working with Corporate Development leadership and Discovery senior management to source, evaluate, and execute potential corporate transactions and to develop and oversee company-wide, mid-range strategic planning efforts.
  • Assume a lead role in identifying, assessing, synthesizing, and preparing recommendations relating to the strategic and financial impact of potential transactions on Discovery and on its acquisition targets and/or potential partners.
  • Assist in driving the deal conversations while partnering with Business Development & Strategy team to ensure strategic alignment
  • To support Corporate Development recommendations, he/she will be experienced in creating and managing the development of business models, financial plans, and enterprise valuations, based on a variety of assumptions and comparables.
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Must have completed an Associate level training program in banking or equivalent relevant work experience or work training.
  • Proven abilities to identify, analyze, structure, and make recommendations on a variety of potential deals -- including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic partnerships with an equity component --as well as on new business ventures with significant cross-divisional or global impact.
  • Possess a rigorous understanding of the competitive landscape and global business environment
  • Experience analyzing and presenting all relevant market, industry, and company factors to support concrete strategic targets and priorities, positioning Discovery for strong financial performance and growth.  
  • Proven ability to research and model financial outcomes based on a variety of assumptions
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to proactively manage a variety of projects and timelines
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, this candidate should demonstrate the ability to work independently to research, analyze, synthesize, and present complex qualitative and quantitative data clearly.
  • Ability to assess priorities and maintain composure and diplomacy at all times.
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Candidate must be articulate, detail-oriented, and have strong organizational and administrative management skills.
  • Candidate must also demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to manage multiple assignments under tight deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Calendar Creator, and PowerPoint.)

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