Facebook Strategic Partner Manager, Sports (Athletes) in London, United Kingdom

Intro:

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Summary:

Facebook is seeking an experienced leader to drive our partnership efforts with athletes , with the goal of optimizing the use of Facebook and all of its platforms as a content distribution, fan engagement, and business platform by athletes and their agencies in a manner benefitting the athlete, sports fans, and Facebook.

Ideal candidates for this role will have an extensive understanding of athletes and their agents' business objectives, deep knowledge of current successful uses of media/digital distribution strategies to achieve those objectives, substantial experience dealing with athletes and relationships to draw upon to build successful partnerships, exceptional creativity and a track record of identifying and successfully implementing innovative solutions to business problems, experience identifying and delivering “best practices” on a scalable basis, a track record of successfully closing complex business deals and cultivating long-term business partnerships, and great passion for the intersection of sports business, media and technology. This role also requires close cross-functional collaboration with colleagues in Product, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Operations to develop strategies, partnerships, products, and new experiences that meet the strategic objectives of partners, sports fans, and Facebook. This position will be based in London.

Required Skills:

  1. Drive partnership strategy, relationships, and key initiatives related to athletes and player agencies across EMEA

  2. Help athletes understand how to utilize and prioritize Facebook’s platforms as critical tools to grow and engage their fanbase and drive their business objectives

  3. Develop innovative partnership solutions utilizing Facebook and its platforms (e.g., Instagram, Oculus, Messenger) that support the business objectives of -sports leagues- athletes and Facebook while promoting great experiences for sports fans

  4. Successfully advance business deal negotiations and maintain long-term -media- partnerships

  5. Own key day-to-day partnership relationships and operations with EMEA based athletes

  6. Work cross-functionally within Facebook (product, engineering, sales, marketing, operations) to successfully develop and bring integrated solutions to partners

  7. Identify and share outstanding partner best practices and case studies to support all of our global sports partners

  8. Work with relevant internal teams to ensure that Facebook is taking partner input into account in relevant product and policy decisions

  9. Help support broader strategic initiatives for our global sports team

  10. Track, analyze and communicate quantitative metrics and business trends as they relate to partners

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BA/BS degree or higher

  2. MBA or related graduate degree preferred

  3. 6+ years of total work experience

  4. 4+ years experience in sports/entertainment industry in an -league--athlete-centric capacity, with focus on media/digital initiatives and client-facing partnerships preferred

  5. Scheduling & travel flexibility to build relationships with -leagues- athletes/agencies and support live events

  6. Excellent project management experience, with the ability to lead and handle multiple time-sensitive, cross-functional projects on deadline

  7. Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with the ability to serve as a spokesperson for Facebook

  8. Outstanding relationship builder

  9. Demonstrated ability to think strategically about complex issues, leading to thoughtful recommendations and action plans

  10. Ability to work effectively and cross-functionally with all levels of management, internally and externally

  11. Rapid learner who thrives in a fast-paced environment

  12. Experience successfully using data and analysis to create and support business narratives

Industry: Internet