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The Role / Position Overview
Partnerships are a central part of the FT's growth strategy. Partnerships development and strategy is a high-profile, international function led by an FT board member and former managing editor, James Lamont, and reports to the CEO and Editor. The new role is responsible for identifying, supporting and executing the FT’s innovative, high growth initiatives. These combine Editorial, Commercial and Technology elements across the FT Group. One of the key partnerships is with the FT's owner, Nikkei Inc.
Strategic partnerships aim to accelerate growth and promote journalistic excellence, while building the FT's profitability and supporting its values.
The Strategic Partnerships Operations Manager will have significant exposure to many strategic projects and to the FT Board. We are seeking an innovative, creative, analytical and strategic thinker who demonstrates high energy and a passion for the future of the media business. The ideal candidate enjoys spotting opportunities, developing capacity, project management and top levels of governance and implementation. They must be able to take direction but also be proactive and able to work under their own initiative in collaboration with others. The role will involve significant exposure to the FT’s senior Editorial leaders, the FT’s senior management group and the corporate development team. The ability to establish credibility and agility among senior management to accomplish goals is essential.
Key characteristics for the right candidate are: focus, tenacity, the ability to prioritise, responsiveness, decisiveness and a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude. A publishing background is preferred.
The role operates within a coherent, outward-facing operational framework to pursue opportunities for the FT Group in support of the FT/Nikkei business plan. It encompasses origination, technical analysis and due diligence, negotiation and activation of growth projects across the FT Group. Goals include quicker decision-making, shorter negotiating periods, slicker execution and stronger internal buy-in and onward project ownership.
Examples of current partnerships include:
- With Nikkei Inc, as the FT's proprietor in the global media alliance with the FT
- Financial data partnership with Wilshire, a US-based asset management and indices company
- FT Schools partnership with Temasek, Singapore
- An Arabic language luxury magazine publishing partnership with Elaph Publishing
- Digital innovation partnership with Infosys, a Bangalore-based technology company
- FT business education joint venture, Headspring, with IE Business School, Madrid
- Co-investment in European tech media start-up, Sifted
The Manager will be supporting the Director of Strategic Partnerships with:
Project managing existing partnerships across a range of disciplines to create tangible value
Working centrally on the partnership between the FT and its owner Nikkei Inc
Identifying strategic partnership opportunities - including generating proposals and relationship management;
Building and expanding the FT’s partnership expertise;
Execution of contractual agreements - including framework modelling, negotiation and integration;
Assisting with existing internal projects, requiring cross-departmental consensus, implementation and integrations;
Assisting with strategic projects on a case by case basis in liaison with M&A, Legal and Finance teams;
Applying critical thinking to business opportunities and how they advance the FT’s strategy;
Writing board-level proposals and summaries. Preparing presentations.
Required Skills / Experience
Candidates will have relevant experience gained in media publishing;
Expertise in financial journalism, economics, business, finance or accounting;
A clear understanding of Editorial priorities, audience development and strategic objectives;
Familiarity with financial modelling, performance metrics and legal documentation
Excellent English oral and written communication skills;
Highly numerate, with proven analytical and managerial skills;
Confident working under own initiative as well as taking responsibility;
Outstanding project management, marketing and social media skills;
Excellent attention to detail, values driven and a strong high performance work ethic;
Curiosity, strategic mindset and adherence to governance principles and D&I goals;
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
What’s in it for you? Our Benefits
A highly stimulating and creative role at the forefront of the FT's growth strategy. External-facing, while an opportunity to work across the FT Group, mobilising its resources, leveraging its reputation for world-class journalism and ensuring future relevance for its global brand.
This is a London-based role. The FT is committed to providing best in class perks across all its offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found on our Careers page.