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Sr Manager, Production Finance - Animation Series


Burbank, CA 03-23-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Overview and Responsibilities

The Senior Manager Production Finance for Nick Animation Series is a position that assists in the financial oversight and management of the budgeting, forecasting, tracking and reporting for original animation programming (in-house and 3rd party productions). The position is responsible for setting departmental strategic priorities and overseeing day-to-day production finance activities, including collaborating with Content and Production Management leaders to identify any related business risks, and partnering with the Nickelodeon Senior Finance Director Animation and VP, Production Finance to assess those risks against planned operating budgets.

The Sr. Manager will also ensure timely communication and collaboration with K&F content leaders, Programming Finance and Production Management, as necessary.

The role will also be responsible for managing, motivating and developing any production accountants assigned to Nick Animation original programming projects.

Specific responsibilities:
• Support original in-house and 3rd party productions across the Nickelodeon Animation Series business in a wide variety of formats including animated and hybrid theatrical properties, hour and half-hour series, pilots and development.
• Ensure complete, accurate and timely distribution of cost reporting to the Senior Director, Production Finance and Production Management.
• Build and maintain programming cash flow forecasts for all active and future productions, including updating the Longview planning systems with variance explanations as required by Brand Leads.
• Work closely with Studio executives in various departments concerning show level issues, including Creative, Production, Business & Legal Affairs, Labor Relations, Corporate Accounting, Tax and Treasury.
• Lead the quarterly EFC vs Cash analysis to ensure any material variances are addressed timely.
• Ensure accurate reporting and identification of any risks and opportunities, and communicate all information timely to the relevant parties.
• Work with Content teams on production tax incentives as required.
• Oversee production budget review and production post-mortems, including gathering theatrical and episodic delivery information, production cash flow planning/analysis and variance explanations for senior leadership.
• Collaborate with Nickelodeon programming finance to manage requests from the Controller team regarding animation balance sheet items, production cash flows, journal entries, etc. and internal or external audit requests as necessary.
• Prepare other ad hoc analytics and reporting on a timely and accurate basis, as requested by K&F senior finance leaders, ViacomCBS Programming COE team or ViacomCBS Corporate FPA.
• Recruit, manage, motivate and develop the Production Accountants by fostering professional impact and a culture of feedback, development, support and growth. Promote a positive work environment demonstrating respect for colleagues at all levels.

Reporting relationships: Reports to Senior Director, Animation Production Finance

Direct reports: Production Accountants, as required.

Key Business Partners: Nickelodeon Animation Development, Production Management, Creative, Business and Legal Affairs, Human Resources, Labor Relations and Payroll teams.

Key Finance Partners: All Kids & Family (K&F) finance leaders, across Content & Marketing, FP&A and Emerging Businesses. ViacomCBS Programming COE team, Controller team, Tax and Treasury.

Basic Qualifications
• Minimum 5-7 years in production accounting or finance, financial analysis and/or previous experience in corporate accounting/finance.

Additional Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance preferred.
• Minimum 5-7 years in production accounting or finance, financial analysis and/or previous experience in corporate accounting/finance.
• Prior experience in the entertainment industry, specifically animated film and TV production is ideal.
• Ability to forge partnerships with producers, production managers and studio executives.
• Efficiency, speed, accuracy, pro-active approach to job, and strong interpersonal skills are essential.
• Pay close attention to detail and have the ability to understand the bigger picture and relevance.
• Works well under pressure and completes (both individual and joint) projects on a timely basis.
• Adhere to confidential nature of highly sensitive material.
• Excellent leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills.
• Highly proficient in Excel and presentation skills.
• Experience with Local 839, SAP and Longview Solutions a plus.
• A willingness to work as part of a team and cover other roles as necessary.
• Ability to solve problems/be inquisitive, organize and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work-from-home as necessary, be improvement oriented and have an innovative perspective.