ESPN Application Deadline
Tue, March 19, 2013
Apply for the Analyst position in BTT Gateway, Job ID 6863
3/28 at 5:00 in BMC 3.206
Analysts primarily play a hands-on role in ensuring that all sports data distributed by S&A is the fastest, most accurate and insightful in the world. This is a wide-ranging requirement that includes real-time clock-and-score coverage, generating play-by-play and utilizing other applications.
Employees in this role must have the skill set to work effectively individually or in a team setting, and the nature of the business requires night, weekend and holiday work in addition to weekday and traditional daytime shifts. The willingness and ability to work within the guidelines, policies and standards of a professional environment are paramount, and meticulous attention to detail is required to produce fast and accurate information.
Stats Analysts must have good communication skills. It will be necessary to work well in individual settings, small groups and large groups while delivering statistics and data in a real-time basis across the newsroom. Additionally, Stats Analysts must take a proactive role in working with colleagues in developing processes for accurate data intake. Innovation and idea generation will be keys to success.
Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated ability or aptitude to:
•Achieve competency using a variety of S&A applications.
•Enter data quickly and accurately and verify the results of one’s own work and that of others; perform with a consistently high attention to detail.
•Contribute to production, projects and task forces across the newsroom.
•Assist those in leadership roles in the newsroom who are directing and leading full-time staff and Project Employees.
•Anticipate potential problems, both nightly and long-term, and offer potential solutions. Communicate quickly and decisively with colleagues on these issues.
Stats Analysts are required to stay informed of current department policies and procedures, and to seek out and respond to opportunities involving projects, committees and task forces. Broad input and participation is desired, and we promote an inclusive environment with a variety of effective communication tools and assignments for all employees. Other keys to success include (a) being an active participant in team and department meetings and (b) seeking and responding to feedback around personal performance.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.
ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company’s sole mission is to serve sports fans wherever sports are watched, listened to, discussed, debated, read about or played.
•Must be passionate about sports and statistics; in fact, candidates should have a working knowledge of players, teams and the rules of the games.
•Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•An affinity for detail to strive for 100 percent accuracy.
•Meticulous attention to detail.
•Must thrive under deadlines and willing to work non-traditional hours (nights, weekends, and holidays).
•Strong news/content judgment as well as being computer proficient and internet savvy.
•A working knowledge of statistics’ role in ESPN products and should be able to regularly propose new ways statistics can be utilized in ESPN storytelling or as premium products for Studio and Digital Media platforms and elsewhere.
•1+ years’ experience working with statistics, preferably in online, television or print media
•Team leadership experience.
•Heavy interest in Fantasy sports.
•In depth knowledge of ESPN’s Digital Media coverage of all sports and games.
•Experience working in a team environment working with multiple departments towards a common goal.
•A thorough knowledge of television production usage of data in on-air and research applications.
•Aptitude for working with technology such as data feeds, data warehousing and custom software tools.
•Working knowledge of all ESPN platforms’ products and technologies.
•Ability to speak and write Spanish is a plus.
•Experience working with pivot tables is preferred.
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