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Associate Director - Platform

JOB TITLE: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - PLATFORM

LOCATION: MUMBAI, INDIA

OUR STORY:

Saavn is South Asia’s leading music streaming service with over 22 million active million users. We are 200 entrepreneurs, across New York, California, Mumbai, Gurgaon, and Bangalore, who help music lovers access, discover, and listen to their favorite songs across languages and genres. In early 2018, a merger between Jio Music and Saavn was announced; creating a combined entity valued at over $1 billion. 

We blend digital technology, data analysis (which we have affectionately coined Music Science), and a strong, fearless business acumen to reach all corners of the globe. Through partnerships with Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Shazam - to name a few - Saavn reaches more music fans across the world. Our award-winning mobile products, partnerships, innovations and thought leadership have been featured in some of the world’s leading publications, from The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times to Forbes, and many more. We are well-funded by some of the world’s most successful institutional investors and global media companies as well as a number of strategic individuals. Beyond investing, they are advisors and supporters of our vision, our passion, and our collective ability to deliver a revolutionary music experience as the leader in India.

OUR CULTURE:

At Saavn, we ignite passion and performance to work towards a collective goal: creating the perfect mobile entertainment ecosystem that delivers the best possible music experience to millions of listeners around the world. Our default mode is that of perpetual innovation. Together, we form a concerted rhythm that goes beyond borders. We don't just go with the flow, we create it.

Saavn offers a dynamic and unconventional work environment, full of fun wholesome experiences – from in-office performances by some of the world’s most beloved musicians to opportunities for international travel. We believe creativity and technology blend together like sweet melodies. When you choose Saavn, you join a diverse world of high-calibre techies, artists, and inventors hailing from companies like Yahoo!, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Qualcomm, HBO, Microsoft, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm, Quikr, MSN, and NDTV. We are one of the few digital companies to provide employment opportunities that meet the Silicon Valley benchmark – right here in Mumbai! Figures, since we’ve got Silicon Valley covered, too.

Our value-based, people-first work culture is about empowering every individual in our global team to be catalysts for change in this dynamic digital world. Every day is an opportunity to bring your vision to life, and to expand, learn and grow. No idea is left unconsidered. No voice is left unheard.

With listeners speaking multiple languages in almost every country in the world, we like to think we have the most diverse user base on the planet. This has only been made possible because of the value we place on radical inclusivity in our offices across the globe. We believe different is wonderful, and what sets us apart is also what brings us closer. Saavn prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer. We have committed ourselves to creating a safe environment with fair and equal access and opportunities, sans discrimination. We encourage everyone to be open to experiences and perspectives beyond their normal; divergent thinkers create differentiated products, and even better music.

If our vibe matches with yours, we'd love to hear from you.

ROLE: Associate Director, Platform Team

The Platform team connects consumers and producers by facilitating their interactions through Saavn’s Platform. It reduces operational costs and frictions while enabling externalized innovation by third-party producers. A strong platform facilitates the organization to cultivate an ecosystem of creators, developers, partners, users, and other collaborators who contribute to, and drive, innovation to add value to the organization’s bottom line.  The team controls how the organization interacts operationally within intra and inter entities and teams (Saavn & non-Saavn). They define and develop the organizational roadmap in collaboration with key stakeholders. 

This role directly reports to the Chief Platform Officer.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop strategic relationships with internal and external partners and business teams to collaborate on product development and business processes.
  • Represent Saavn (B2B, B2C) with partners and platform holders in the tech ecosystem including Jio, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.
  • Assist in defining how participants such as creators, advertisers, and retailers engage with the platform while generating value for themselves as well as adding value to the Saavn user experience.
  • Identify new partners and negotiate first-of-their kind business and technical terms with them across a variety of initiatives.
  • Deep understanding of the market landscape, dynamics and opportunities within the Indian ecosystem.
  • Support strategy and execution of partnerships to fuel global platform growth, including identifying new opportunities and partnerships for optimization.
  • Support the ideation, technical development, launch and evangelizing of innovative platform products and services.
  • Track, analyze and communicate key metrics and business trends as they relate to partner relationships to senior management.
  • Act as an in-market resource for company-wide partnerships and platform products, focused on activation, engagement and retention.
  • Coordinate and scale cross-functional efforts across the globe with teams such as; Product, Engineering, Data, Legal, Content, Operations, Finance, and Marketing & PR/Communications.
  • Drive platform development with a team of world-class engineers, PMs, and designers and launch associated monetization products to complete the value proposition.
  • Build, manage, and grow a high-performing team, and support the team in executing the company’s platform vision.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • B.E./ B-Tech required. MBA preferred, but not necessary.
  • 5+ years of experience working as a Product Manager. 4+ years of experience working successfully with external partners/third-parties.
  • Passion and deep understanding of the technology, media and entertainment spaces.
  • Proven track record of initiating, launching, and driving new business opportunities.
  • Experience thinking strategically and developing effective strategies, to execute in a systematic and efficient manner.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build effective relationships across internal teams to solve and operationalize complex business endeavours.
  • Experience working in global cross-functional teams
  • Genuine, ambitious, open-minded, great conversationalist, positive attitude, and fun to be around.

BENEFITS AND PERKS:

At Saavn, we blur work and play, and you get all the perks of a global company.  You will get to work with a dynamic group of entrepreneurs, who are delivering results and working zealously across time zones to make a difference in the way the world experiences music.  We love what we do, and we think you will too.

  • Group Mediclaim
  • Fun Fridays
  • Flexible vacation policies
  • Free healthy (and unhealthy) lunches & snacks
  • Saavn-sponsored team outings
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