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Associate Director/Director/Snr Director - Strategic Initiatives


Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time



Job Description:

Are you looking for the sweetest entrepreneurial challenge in the most playful game company?

Not enough time, too many opportunities! The Strategic Initiatives team has been newly formed to address the biggest new opportunities for King, build-up on our great momentum, and to kickstart needle-moving business verticals for King.

The range of those activities is not limited, and will include topics such as alternative payments, new geographies, non-gaming exploration of the Candy Crush IP, partnerships, M&A, and more.

Our ambition is for this new team to contribute a significant portion of King’s 5 year strategy by developing additional and complementary business lines for our company.

This team will be composed of Kingsters with a strong appetite for action, innovation, entrepreneurship, and fun - and we are looking for an Associate Director or Director of Strategic Initiatives to join us in this exciting adventure.

Reporting to the GM, Strategic Initiatives, you will take the lead on multiple new opportunities depending on your skills and preferences. Your role will be to assess the potential of those opportunities, in collaboration with any relevant party in the company or outside, and incubate or kickstart the most promising ones. Over time, you’ll get the opportunity to add new projects to your portfolio - or to join full time and possibly lead one of the newly incubated business streams.

You are curious, able to understand and assess opportunities, and build strong business cases. You are highly collaborative and know how to navigate a complex organization. You are very comfortable with uncertainty and can build bridges to create solutions. You are proactive, dedicated, and focused on impact. You are commercially astute and are excited about building businesses and creating new sources of revenues.

Finally, you are bold and your dreams have no limit. You will apply the same ambition to our projects.

Your role within our kingdom

  • You will act as an entrepreneur and take on full ownership of strategic opportunities and lead these workstreams from start to finish

  • You will build business cases to help us assess opportunities and decide to pursue them or not

  • You will manage budgets and staffing (when needed)

  • You are a team player and a team builder, and you will assemble for each project the right team of experts to help in the assessment and execution of any project

  • You will act as a program manager on your own projects, and drive the pace, cadence, and documentation of the project until incubation

  • You will participate in all the other strategic projects led by the team as an advisor

  • You will constantly be looking for the next strategic opportunity, inside and outside of the company, and build a network of strategic relationships to ensure that King is always well positioned to anticipate and embrace strategic change

  • You will act as a representative of the company and ensure King is looked at as a partner of choice in the gaming world

Skills to create thrills

  • You are well-rounded and knowledgeable about the gaming industry and the tech world in general

  • You bring a specific, additional deep expertise on a specific topic such as game production, product development, financial modelling, M&A, etc.

  • You are commercially driven and can build businesses cases and defend them

  • You love data and numbers

  • You are a strategic thinker and a problem solver who can see opportunities in chaos

  • You are charismatic, collaborative, a visionary, yet humble and altruistic. You can align teams from multiple background behind your ideas. Public speaking is something you love

  • You are self-driven and can organise yourself, and others

  • You are motivated by impact and speed of execution

  • You are entrepreneurial in everything you do

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in gaming, strategy consulting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, Venture Capital or Private Equity, Business Development, Corporate Venturing, etc

About King

King is the game developer behind the world-famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top-grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.

A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes

Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply cannot expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. A great saga needs all sorts of heroes.

Making the World Playful

Making the World Playful is what inspires us to create new experiences and raise the bar. It’s what makes King a place where we can all dream bigger, continue to add innovation to our games, broadening the portfolio and exploring new territories in mid-core and casual. We take the art and science of gaming to the next level through our curiosity for the unexplored, passion for games, respect for each other and love for our players - and we’re not afraid to have fun along the way. In fact, together with our parent company Activision Blizzard and experts around the world, we believe having fun is good for you. There has never been a better time to join us. We're dreaming bigger and see a world of possibilities ahead. If you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful!

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