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Senior Financial Analyst

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10009120 Location Los Angeles, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 29, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company's Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) is a new, global business segment for The Walt Disney Company with the mission of providing consumers around the world access to the content they want most, on the latest platforms, at a time of rapidly evolving consumer habits. Combining the Company's direct-to-consumer streaming services – ESPN+, the Disney+ streaming service and its ownership stake in Hulu -- alongside Disney's international and domestic media businesses, DMED aligns cutting-edge technology with world-class content and beloved brands to expand the Company's global footprint and deliver highly personalized entertainment experiences to diverse consumers around the world.

The Ad Sales Finance team in DMED is seeking a Senior Financial Analyst to join the team for digital ad sales support for Disney+, reporting to the Manager, Finance. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the newest growth product and segment for the company. The team works closely with Disney Ad Sales Revenue and Yield Management (RYM), Research, and Technology teams to deliver strategic, financial and operational insights and goals of the business.

Job Summary:

The SFA will partner with the RYM, Research, Technology, Subscription Finance, and Controllership teams to prepare budgets, forecasts, and strategic financial plans. The role will also be responsible for providing recurring KPI reporting, which includes assisting the Manager, Finance in standing up a new set of KPIs and business processes. He/She will help develop models of the full funnel ad model for Disney+, Rate/Volume analysis, Forecast/Plan modeling, and tightly coordinate business planning across DMED’s streaming platforms (Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+).He/She will lead analysis and insights into digital OI growth initiatives such as inventory optimization, pricing opportunities, and new product features.

Due to the market-facing nature of our work and our shifting industry landscape, a successful candidate will have the aptitude to efficiently execute their tasks, develop new ways of analyzing and thinking about existing problems, work cross-functionally to get job done, and contribute to ideas and initiatives generation.

This role relies heavily on a working knowledge of the ad sales business.  The ideal candidate will be able to easily navigate and clearly communicate between the ad sales organization and the finance organization.  A strong analytical background to drive business insights and recommendations with quantifiable impact is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare quarter-end reporting, forecasts, annual operating plan (AOP), long-range plan (LRP) and variance analysis for all components of digital ad revenue including key metrics for management (inventory, pricing, STR).  Develop and report data for weekly pacing reports.

  • Provide day-to-day support, data and inventory analysis, data reconciliation, insight to third-party costs and ad hoc requests for digital and programmatic revenue channels for all stakeholders.

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of reporting tools and financial models.

  • Support portfolio-wide business reviews and digital revenue growth initiatives.

  • Provide insight into trends and identify risks and opportunities via in-depth data analysis using various reporting tools and business knowledge in collaboration with segment finance teams.  Partner with various groups including Disney Ad Sales leadership and Research to measure ad performance and make recommendations to influence the direction of the business.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience and proficient in Microsoft Excel modeling and quantitative data analysis. 

  • Exceptional Excel skills required (nested statements, pivot tables, charting, combining functions like Index Match, Offset and Indirect)

  • Exceptional analytical abilities, capable of using data tools to drive decision-making using Tableau, Adjuster and managing large pools of data in Excel

  • Strong ability to extract key information and transition seamlessly from explaining micro details to communicating how they impact the big picture

  • Acute attention to detail and aptitude for troubleshooting data discrepancies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact at all levels of the organization. Ability to produce concise, effective, and visually appealing presentations

  • Strong intellectual curiosity and ability to think outside-the-box

  • Strong work ethic and an ability to prioritize across multiple projects. Goal-oriented and client-facing mentality, entrepreneurial spirit to continue innovating and adding value

  • Proactive communication style with the ability to build/foster relationships with business partners internally and externally

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 2+ years in a corporate finance / business analytics role

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ad sales experience is a plus

  • Experience in SAP, COGNOS, or similar financial reporting tool

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Economics is a plus

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Advertising Sales, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Advertising Sales, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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