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Executive Director, Finance, Media

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID 764067BR Location Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China (Mainland) Business Direct-to-Consumer and International Date posted Aug. 06, 2020

Job Summary:

The Executive Director, Finance (Media) will be primarily responsible for all financial aspects of the Company’s Media activities in Mainland China, across all processes, business models (Content Sales, Channels, ad sales, local productions), for both Disney and Fox brands.

In close partnership with our GM, Content Sales and our GM, Media and reporting to the Greater China CFO, the position (based in Shanghai) will provide financial and strategic analysis support to the China Media teams. It will be the main contact point for internal Finance and Controllership stakeholders in North Asia, APAC and in the US.

In addition to leading financial processes for TWDC China Media businesses (Five-Year Plan, AOP, Forecast and quarterly accounting close), the position will also be responsible for providing strong support to deal negotiations with key Chinese clients (e.g. scenarios planning, offer/counter-offer) – as well as monitoring industry trends on all digital distribution platforms. It will also support the development of our ad sales and local content production initiatives in China.

The position is a key component of the Greater China Finance group, therefore requires accomplished professional experience, passion about delivering a quality product, desire to learn and grow, and ability to collaborate, communicate and interact creatively with other Finance teams, in China, APAC and in the US. It also includes mentoring and developing staff to strengthen the team and prepare for the future.

Responsibilities:

Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Full responsibility for preparing, submitting and explaining quarterly Forecasts for China Media (4 per year, second month of each quarter), as well as mini-Forecasts (3 per year, first month of each quarter) – to all internal stakeholders: North Asia, India, Burbank (US), for all Disney/Fox products . Preparation of decks and presentation to APAC leadership or Burbank teams when required.
  • Full responsibility for preparing and submitting the annual Five-year Plan (every year), and annual AOP (Annual Operating Plan) for China Media (Content Sales, Channels), across all franchises Disney, Fox, ESPN, National Geographic, etc)– and in charge of follow-ups and additional analysis/requests from all internal stakeholders.
  • The position will also provide Finance support to multiple local initiatives, among which ad sales, content deals with hotels, specific ESPN projects (eg. NBA China, X-Games) and local content productions.
  • At each quarter close, in close partnership with our APAC Controllership center (ASC) and APAC Credit & Collections team, preparation and review of accruals related to the Media business; preparation of Cause of Change schedules (actuals vs Forecast) presented to Greater China CFO in quarterly Close review meeting.
  • The role includes a full review of current China media financial and accounting processes design and implementation of an action plan to improve accuracy of forecasts and of close accruals.

Projects and Other
  • Lead and participation to any project, presentation, analysis or data request from China Content Sales GM, and/or China Media GM
  • Lead and participation to any Finance-led project related to current key topics for TWDC Media activities in China: revenue growth, current and future changes in business models, overall profitability and efficiencies, revenue growth, franchise development.
  • The role might also include coordinating North Asia or APAC-wide projects, as needed.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree in Business or Finance/Accounting
  • 10+ years working experience in related area, a mixed experience in Big 4 and multinational companies working experience is preferred
  • MBA or CPA a plus
  • Possesses strong knowledge of US GAAP (PRC GAAP a plus)
  • Strong interest for Media & Entertainment industry, and new distribution channels
  • Demonstrated ability to build, motivate, lead and grow a team of Finance professionals
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of organization including executives
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving, decision making and continuous process improvement skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong computer skills including advanced Excel/PPT knowledge
  • Fluency in English (Mandarin a plus but not necessary)

Additional Information:

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Responsibilities:

Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Full responsibility for preparing, submitting and explaining quarterly Forecasts for China Media (4 per year, second month of each quarter), as well as mini-Forecasts (3 per year, first month of each quarter) – to all internal stakeholders: North Asia, India, Burbank (US), for all Disney/Fox products . Preparation of decks and presentation to APAC leadership or Burbank teams when required.
  • Full responsibility for preparing and submitting the annual Five-year Plan (every year), and annual AOP (Annual Operating Plan) for China Media (Content Sales, Channels), across all franchises Disney, Fox, ESPN, National Geographic, etc)– and in charge of follow-ups and additional analysis/requests from all internal stakeholders.
  • The position will also provide Finance support to multiple local initiatives, among which ad sales, content deals with hotels, specific ESPN projects (eg. NBA China, X-Games) and local content productions.
  • At each quarter close, in close partnership with our APAC Controllership center (ASC) and APAC Credit & Collections team, preparation and review of accruals related to the Media business; preparation of Cause of Change schedules (actuals vs Forecast) presented to Greater China CFO in quarterly Close review meeting.
  • The role includes a full review of current China media financial and accounting processes design and implementation of an action plan to improve accuracy of forecasts and of close accruals.

Projects and Other
  • Lead and participation to any project, presentation, analysis or data request from China Content Sales GM, and/or China Media GM
  • Lead and participation to any Finance-led project related to current key topics for TWDC Media activities in China: revenue growth, current and future changes in business models, overall profitability and efficiencies, revenue growth, franchise development.
  • The role might also include coordinating North Asia or APAC-wide projects, as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree in Business or Finance/Accounting
  • 10+ years working experience in related area, a mixed experience in Big 4 and multinational companies working experience is preferred
  • MBA or CPA a plus
  • Possesses strong knowledge of US GAAP (PRC GAAP a plus)
  • Strong interest for Media & Entertainment industry, and new distribution channels
  • Demonstrated ability to build, motivate, lead and grow a team of Finance professionals
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of organization including executives
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving, decision making and continuous process improvement skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong computer skills including advanced Excel/PPT knowledge
  • Fluency in English (Mandarin a plus but not necessary)

Additional Information:

postingchannel:wechat

About Direct-to-Consumer and International:

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.

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