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Director - Finance Planning

Job ID 445675BR Location Burbank, California, United States Job Posting Company Disney ABC Television Group Job Posting Area Disney ABC Television Group Date posted 04/12/2017
At Disney ABC/Television Group, you’ll help us tell stories that touch millions of people around the globe and new ways for us to connect with the world. Now is your opportunity to unleash your skills….

The ABC Finance and Planning team manages the overall planning for the Broadcast Division, which consists of ABC Television Network business units (ABC Studios, Primetime Entertainment, News, Technology Operations, Daytime, Sports, Late-night) and Owned Television Stations. In addition, the Planning team provides financial support to ABC Network Admin business units, which includes Affiliate Relations, Research, Synergy, Communications, Labor Relations, Broadcast Standards & Practices, Human Resources, Strategy and Global Distribution.

The ABC Finance and Planning team is seeking a candidate to lead the financial planning and analysis for the Broadcast Division of the Walt Disney Company, as well as management of the ABC Admin Business Office. The director will manage the preparation of the Annual Operating Plan, Long Range Plan and Forecasts for ABC. The individual must be comfortable working directly with various groups across DATG and The Walt Disney Company, as well as senior management. Position requires excellent systems, communication and time management skills, as well as an acute attention to detail.


  • Coordinate and manage the financial planning process across ABC
  • Prepare ABC and DATG executive forecast reporting packages, which include financial reporting and variance analyses for the Annual Operating Plan, Five Year Strategic Plan and bi-quarterly forecasts
  • Partner with leaders in developing and managing admin business office budgets and plans
  • Support the Disney Corporate team in the overall TWDC financial planning process
  • Manage, train and develop a team of finance professionals
  • Drive the implementation of the new COGNOS planning system and develop best practices for planning across ABC
  • Drive segment wide finance initiatives to improve operating efficiency and growth
  • Manage key planning functions such as Capital, SG&A and Headcount planning
  • Prepare presentations and ad hoc analyses for senior management

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience
    • Previous experience in entertainment industry FP&A a plus
  • Advanced financial modeling and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to manage and develop teams
  • Strong technical skills: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and SAP. Experience with Cognos TM1 is a plus.
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to prioritize and resolve an array of issues simultaneously.
  • Innovative orientation with a proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Education

  • B.S. degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics

Preferred Education

  • MBA or CPA preferred

Company Overview

The Disney/ABC Television Group is composed of the Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses. This includes the ABC Television Network, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, ABC News, ABC Studios, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, Radio Disney, as well as Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Disney Media Distribution. The company’s equity interest in A&E Television Networks round out the Group’s portfolio of media businesses.

Additional Information

Equal Opportunity Employer- Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability

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