Leader, Corporate Operations and Planning in Atlanta, GA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 4/3/2021

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Job Summary

Cox Media Group, Inc. is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to viewers in the communities in which it serves. The company's operations primarily include 65 radio stations delivering all genres of content in 11 markets, 33 high-quality, market-leading television stations in 20 markets and numerous streaming and digital platforms. Cox Media Group's portfolio includes primary affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable news and independent stations. Additionally, the company also offers a full suite of national, regional, local and digital advertising services with CMG Local Solutions, CoxReps and Gamut.

On December 17th, 2019, CMG’s parent Cox Enterprises, Inc. announced it completed the sale of its portfolio of television and radio stations, and its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to a new media company that is majority owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO). Cox Enterprises maintains a minority stake in the new company, which also includes Northwest Broadcasting and continues to operates under the name Cox Media Group, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Apollo Global Management, Inc. is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Bethesda, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Apollo had assets under management of approximately $455 billion as of December 31, 2020 in credit, private equity and real assets funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources.

Reporting to the CMG President & CEO, the Leader, Corporate Operations and Planning interfaces with all aspects of the business, as well as the executive leadership team of Cox Media Group, Inc. and the company’s private equity sponsor, Apollo Global Management, and the CMG Board of Directors.

The Leader, Corporate Operations and Planning is a highly visible role that acts as a force multiplier, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in developing and driving CMG’s strategic business priorities. As an equal and trusted member of the CEO’s direct report team, you will be the liaison, influencer, and aggregator that ensures that the executive leadership team operates as a high-performing team while ensuring that the company's highest priorities are successful.

The nature of the job varies based on then-current organization needs, but the primary functions include operational execution, planning, critical project management, performance tracking, leadership events, driving cross-functional collaboration, and working with the CEO on external and internal events, presentations, and similar initiatives. You will have visibility to a wide-range of media business activities and initiatives at a senior management level and must be able to navigate a rapidly evolving dynamic marketplace and organization to manage a broad range of activities and projects of varying degrees of complexity shifting from strategy to tactical execution, as needed.

This role is geared especially as an opportunity for those with skills in understanding the business aspects of a growing organization and someone who can provide perspective on strategy with a view to help the organization scale & succeed. Curiosity and ability to learn and engage with key executives at every level to ensure alignment is expected.

  • Partner with the leadership team to set strategy and goals for the organization, track progress, assess key performance indicators, and provide data-driven recommendations to leadership.
  • Partner with the CEO and executive leadership to manage the business planning process ensuring integration across the broader org. Work with counterparts to manage team participation for key business events, financial forecasts, quarterly business reviews, OKR reviews, and other strategic business planning activities.
  • Secure required resources, build consensus, and use formal processes and tools to manage important projects, budgets, risks and changes.
  • Act as a high-level manager for key strategic projects; track and manage follow up actions from board meetings, inquiries from investors and/or other requests from Apollo or the board of directors.
  • Manage the executive team operating rhythm, including setting up and facilitating key processes and/or meetings to get work done. Develop agendas and operating plans to ensure an effective cadence among the executive team.
  • Plan and execute senior leadership meetings, working with executives to identify the most important information to be shared to keep the group connected, engaged, and aligned on key organizational measures of success.
  • Provide insight and advice to leadership regarding operational excellence, resource, and fiscal planning, and participate in overall group strategy decisions.
  • Develop board and other executive presentations and materials that are visually compelling, data-driven and reflect the strategic imperatives of the organization.
  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality with matters of strategic importance to Cox Media Group.

 

 

What we look for

Skills and Competencies Required:

  • Strong financial acumen combined with proven ability to drive collaboration and execution.
  • Effective executive presence and the ability to influence across the organization. 
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Expert PowerPoint skills and the ability to develop presentations that convey information with impact. 
  • Past experience defining OKRs, KPIs, and measurement metrics, and building and executing on business plans and cadences to monitor and achieve.
  • Superb project management skills with the ability to identify opportunities to align workstreams and players to enable a cohesive outcome.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to be agile and flexible as business needs or priorities change.
  • Exemplifies the company’s core values and philosophy and leads by example with the highest level of integrity, trust, and respect.

Education & Experience:

  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Finance, Media/Broadcasting or related field of study required. MBA or advanced degree preferred.
  • 5+ years working in a consulting capacity preferred.
  • 3+ years media or other related experience preferred.

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