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(Expired) Director of Business Development - Platform Partnerships

2 months ago by Skillz

San Francisco (California), USA

Job Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Business Development

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About Skillz:

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed as much as $40 billion in revenue by 2020.

As the eSports provider for over 8,000 game developers, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. We do this by integrating our unique layer of code directly into a mobile app, which activates our end-to-end tournament administration and other important features like player matching, anti-cheating mechanisms, customer support and a built-in loyalty program. Using our patented technology stack, we’ve already hosted more than 500 million tournaments for 15 million players around the world.

Skillz has raised over $53 million in funding from sources including Telstra, Liberty Global, and the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, driven and enthusiastic teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with cutting-edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Super Mario Kart to Codenames over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding and building successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.

Job Overview:

The Business Development Director is a newly created role reporting to the VP of Strategic Partnerships. You will be responsible for cultivating, managing and growing our most critical partnerships with large scale platform providers. You are a person who is exceptionally skilled at building personal relationships, navigating complex organizations and understanding the dynamics of working with the largest companies in the world. You are also able to work both internally and externally to craft a shared vision and execute a roadmap to achieve the plan. You are thoughtful, personable and willing to do what it takes to successfully execute a partnership.

What You Will Do:

  • Identify and execute new potential platform partnerships
  • Navigate complex deal structures and model value based on shared assumptions
  • Develop strong and stable relationships with existing platform partners including a regular cadence for discussions of performance and new opportunities
  • Navigate partner organizations and forge new relationships to identify additional collaboration and partnerships opportunities
  • Be the internal expert on your industries and partners
  • Create accurate performance forecasts and deliver upon such projections
  • Report regularly to the leadership team on the status of key partnerships and efforts
  • Collaborate closely with product, sales, legal and other internal stakeholders to map and launch partner requirements.

Your Skillz:

  • BS / BA degree from a top tier school required
  • MBA strongly preferred from a top tier school
  • 8-10 years of experience in business development, strategic partnerships, corporate strategy, consulting, or investment banking
  • Significant experience with successful large-scale deal making and partnership management
  • Sound business judgment, problem solving and analytical problem solving skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills
  • Experience managing and mentoring a team strongly preferred
  • Gaming industry knowledge a plus
  • Located in San Francisco, CA

Skillz embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to diversifying our workforce, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, or disability status, and we operate in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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