Freelance Consultant

The Really Useful Group is an established international entertainment company, with offices in London and Sydney that produce and coordinate Lloyd Webber’s works throughout the world.

They advertised on movemeon as they were looking for a Freelance Consultant. The successful member previously worked at Mckinsey and Farfetch.

About the role

  • Substantiate the base case – can we increase the cadence of productions
  • Enhance – can you do better – pricing and sales
  • Extend – more shows, more markets, different audiences

Job requirements

  • 2-4 years at a leading consultancy (ideally a top-tier strategy house)
  • Clear communicator with an ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • Interest in the arts/theater/media a plus

If you are interested, here is the full job description:

Start Date: January 2/3rd 2017
Location: London, UK
Duration: 6-10 weeks
Day Rate: £450p/d
Experience: 2-4 years at a leading strategy consultancy
No Sponsorship Available

About Us:

We are an international company set up in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd Webber. We’re involved in theatre, film, television, video and concert productions, merchandising, magazine publishing, records and music publishing. The name is inspired by a phrase from the children’s book series The Railway Series in which Thomas the Tank Engine and other locomotives are referred to as “Really Useful Engines”.

The company was set up in 1977 when Lloyd Webber, frustrated with the terms of his contract with the impresario Robert Stigwood, decided to take greater control over the management of his creative works. All Lloyd Webber compositions and productions created from that point have been owned by the company.

The Really Useful Group was floated on the stock market in 1986. Four years later, Lloyd Webber took it back into private ownership, selling 30% to film and music group PolyGram to fund the cost of buying back shares. In 1995, PolyGram was bought by Canadian conglomerate Seagram, with the Really Useful stake being passed to its own film and music subsidiary, Universal. In 1999, Lloyd Webber paid $75m for Universal’s 30% stake, giving the Really Useful Group 100% ownership of all the composer’s works.

The Project:

We wish to recruit a Junior Associate for a 10-12 week piece of work mapping out the strategic options for the group. Really Useful Group manages the Lloyd Webber Catalogue – including such shows as Jesus Christ SuperStar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock. We exist to extend both the economic and cultural value of the work. The project culminates in a 2-day session with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the board and will fix the shape of the 10-year plan.
These shows have generated billions globally but it’s our belief that they remain under-exploited. This year we will have 36 first class shows around the world and issue over 1000 secondary licenses – but none in China!

The project includes working on the following topics:

  • substantiate the base case – can we increase the cadence of productions
  • enhance – can you do better – pricing and sales
  • extend – more shows, more markets, different audiences
  • engagement model – production versus license
  • lifetime of the shows – how do you extend with secondary income streams
  • efficiencies – cheaper and faster show design

Key Stakeholders:

  • RUG MD
  • President of Production
  • Financial Director
  • RUG Chairman

Profile Sought:

  • 2-4 years at a leading consultancy (ideally a top-tier strategy house)
  • The team at RUG is very young and busy, the Associate needs to be able to build relationships quickly, extract information efficiently and then work independently.
  • Clear communicator with an ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • Interest in the arts/theater/media a plus
  • Team player

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