Research Associate

Burbank, CA, United States
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Burbank, CA, United States
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It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world-class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

The Research Associate is an important part of the Executive Search process. The primary focus of this role is supporting executive search with research, candidate name generation and data / marketplace visualization. The research associate will help to update industry and market research, turning relevant deliverables into reusable templates. The successful Associate will do this while handling multiple projects with competing deadlines, working with individuals who have differing styles, and managing challenging expectations


Responsibilities :
  • Prepares media company mapping and overviews including all major television and film studios, production companies and streaming platforms (researching companies and developing target candidate lists)
  • Create customizable company and talent mapping templates, including organization structures, for use throughout the executive search process
  • Observes and asks questions to fully understand the landscape; synthesizes information from a variety of internal/external sources, despite possibly having ambiguous or incomplete information
  • Gathers relevant data from a variety of sources to help determine broad capabilities, gaps, and qualifications/fit; develops appropriate candidate “target” lists
  • Teaming up on “proprietary” market intelligence projects; proactively identifies and tracks organizational, industry, and/or functional trends and reports findings
  • Works on multiple projects; meets deadlines and is resilient under pressure; delivers on commitments on time


Basic Qualifications :
  • Passion for entertainment industry
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivation and excellent time management skills; quality focused and ability to drive continuous improvement (plans, manages and drives own efforts with support from leaders); strong work ethic
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, tenacity and intellectual curiosity; action-oriented; deals with problems immediately
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and visualize data utilizing database tools including TRM and Excel
  • Creative and innovative approach to problem solving
  • Client-service orientation; highly collaborative and team-oriented; flexible and agile
  • Understands the search process; asks questions to understand; and is proactive


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Obtains and incorporates knowledge to enhance executive search work in a meaningful way. Knows how to get information, effectively uses the available resources, developing and sharing marketplace knowledge
  • Updating industry information, analyzing market trends and tracking “People Moves”; identifies executive movements in the market and updates database (ideally in real time) and colleagues
  • Has a genuine interest in/curiosity about people in the entertainment businesses; and has an understanding of film and television executives, and their interrelationships; asks questions and shows interest in networking
  • Understands how to identify and navigate the various relevant sources available (Studio System, LinkedIn, IMBD, etc)


Required Education :
BA/BS degree
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