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Senior Production Financial Analyst

Apply Now Job ID 476604BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Studio Entertainment Brand Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted 08/11/2017
At The Walt Disney Studios, you’ll help bring compelling stories to life through film, music and live entertainment.

The Production Finance team is looking for a business analyst to support the strategic finance and planning activities at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The successful candidate will take the lead in collecting, summarizing, and interpreting production-related financial data for the finance team and studio executives. Additionally, this position will partner with various constituents in Disney Animation to analyze and understand the drivers of Disney Animation production. This position will report directly to the Director of Production Finance.


  • Partner with Development and Production teams to manage long-term placeholder film projects, including budgets, forecasts, schedules, and staffing profiles.
  • Maintain database of key production finance data and metrics and develop key performance indicators and business drivers to identify risk and opportunities related to film costs
  • Aid team to drive monthly forecasts, Annual Operating Plan, and Five-Year Strategic Plan
  • Create and maintain model of production downtime projections to support studio decision making and scenario analysis; partner closely with Workforce Planning team to ensure model reflects consistent assumptions and methodology
  • Review overall Production financial results and summarize performance for executive presentation
  • Support key financial and strategic analysis and project-based work for studio and senior management
  • Assist in preparation of presentations to senior and executive management

Basic Qualifications

The chosen candidate for this position will have the ability to:
  • Critically evaluate and communicate financial information and recommendations to finance management
  • Translate and communicate accounting and financial information to various parities in digestible formats and language
  • Communicate effectively within a business and creative environment
  • Develop dynamic financial models and drive strategic analyses
Essential characteristics for the chosen candidate include, yet are not limited to:
  • Experience with a top-tier consulting firm, investment bank, software/high-tech manufacturer, or media/entertainment company a plus
  • Excellent presentation, communication (both oral & written) and relationship building skills
  • Experience preparing and interpreting financial and accounting analyses such as cash flow forecasts, cost and budget trend and variance analyses, and pro forma analyses
  • Proven financial modeling and forecasting experience
  • Experience with financial systems (e.g. SAP) and data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau) a plus
  • Ability to work independently, take ownership, and work in a flexible team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing demands on resources
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint

Required Education

  • An undergraduate degree (in business or a related field) with 3-5 years of related work experience

Company Overview

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

Additional Information

This position is a legal entity of The Walt Disney Studios, an equal opportunity employer.
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