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Sr Financial Analyst

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7080970620220501 Location 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:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution is seeking a Senior Financial Analyst for ABC News, who will be responsible for financial analysis and reporting related to the Operations, Editorial, and other business support areas of ABC News, as well as producing high-quality strategic analyzes to support decision-making across the division.  This includes, but is not limited to ongoing cost analysis, gathering/analyzing data for budgets/forecasts/long range plans, owning specific cross-team analysis and reporting processes (related to headcount, T&E, etc.) and working on ad hoc projects to drive business performance. 

The New York based Senior Financial Analyst will work on the News Gathering & Operations Finance team that supports Hard News (Newsgathering, including Domestic and International News Bureaus & Coverage; Politics; News One; etc.).

The Senior Financial Analyst provides a supporting role to the NY and LA Bureau Chiefs on all aspects of financial reporting and planning as well as operational support to editorial partners. Working within an often very busy environment, the position offers the opportunity to work in a variety of finance related disciplines with the aim of providing business partners with the information that they require to run the business efficiently and production teams with the backing they need to deliver the news. 

Key responsibilities

  • Financial Reporting / Planning
    • Assist in quarterly close process: reclassifications, accrual preparations, in-depth variance analysis, commentary, and financial reporting for presentation to business partners
    • Assist with preparation of long range plans, annual budgets, and forecasts: pace and analyze expense trends, build detailed budgets, estimate future risks and opportunities, input data into Cognos/SAP and other tools, and present to management
    • Provision of financial analyses to business partners enabling editorial/operations management to implement cost saving recommendations, including trends, modelling, scenario planning and quarterly results
    • Consolidate and analyze weekly news coverage costs and report estimates to Leaders
    • Collaborate with production team to create budgets and strategize special projects and/or major trips

  • Business Planning & Decision Support
    • Develop and enhance reporting tools and dashboards to analyze spending, identify areas for cost efficiencies, proactively lead process changes, and track improvements
    • Coordinate with production teams to track, monitor and analyze cost for specific stories
    • Monitor utilization of freelance contractors
    • Partner with other ABC News Finance teams to improve processes across the finance team
    • Additional ad hoc projects across News portfolio might include providing support for new strategic initiatives, programming changes, and other business processes


  • Required:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics
    • Advanced Excel skills and modelling (macros and spreadsheet experience)
    • Candidate must be detail-oriented, deliverable focused, and well-organized
    • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and build relationships with various business partners across all levels of management
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and the flexibility to handle multiple priorities
    • Be a self-starter who readily provides solutions to problems and requires minimal supervision on day-to-day tasks and analyses

  • Preferred:
    • Minimum 3 years relevant experience with close/forecasting/consolidations/data analysis/financial modeling
    • Prior media/television/broadcast industry experience
    • SAP / Cognos / TM1 experience 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 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. 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.

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