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Finance Analyst

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 738658BR Location Sydney CBD, New South Wales, Australia Business Direct-to-Consumer and International Date posted Jan. 14, 2020

Job Summary:

As a member of the ANZ Media Finance team, this role will provide specialist advice, sound financial planning and commercial analysis to the Senior Finance & Accounting Manager, which has responsibility for all channels (Disney, ESPN, National Geographic) in ANZ.

The role will have responsibility for reporting of financial plans and strategic analysis of ESPN channels and ad sales in ANZ.

​-This is a 6 month contract


Ad Sales Analysis & Forecast
  • Track ad sales actual performance versus budget, provide detailed reporting on sales & pipeline to Senior Finance & Accounting Manager & business leads
  • Liaise with US based Finance teams to ensure accurate revenue recognition and attribution of global ad sales deals
  • Calculation of revenue for commissions planning, completion of commissions submissions
Budgeting & Long-term Planning
  • Forecasting, planning, analysing, presenting and uploading the ESPN channels business in the region in accordance with TWDC planning cycle, i.e., 5 Year Plan (5YP) and annual operating plan (AOP) and quarterly forecasts
    Support the Senior Finance & Accounting Manager, to develop revenue forecasts for the business and discuss with key stakeholders
  • Gather and validate all cost information in order to develop an overview of business performance for Australia / New Zealand
  • Compete submissions to key stakeholders in the APAC and locally and clearly communicate the performance and direction of the business, identifying key sensitivities
  • Provide timely, relevant, and accurate information to budget stakeholders
Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Review and analyse revenues and costs versus forecast, providing commentary and insights where relevant
  • Liaise with budget stakeholders (Editorial, Marketing, Product, Sales etc.) to agree planned expenditure
  • Review actual expenditure against plan and proactively communicate required changes to accounting teams and budget stakeholders
  • Act as a liaison with APAC Channels team and WDI Finance teams to ensure accuracy and timeliness of information
Ad Hoc Projects
  • Identify process improvement opportunities and implement efforts for departmental projects/initiatives
  • Assistance in development, implementation and testing of new IT systems and improvements

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years in a similar role 
  • Media / TV experience is preferable

Preferred Qualifications:

Technical Skills
  • Application of Financial & Accounting Principles
  • Financial Modelling and Analysis
  • Financial Management • Financial Business Partner
  • Strong analytical skills
Business Skills
  • Business & Industry Acumen
  • Customer Focus
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Working
  • Results orientated
  • Project Management
  • IT

Required Education

  •  Degree qualified; CA/ CPA preferred

Preferred Education

Additional Information:

About Direct-to-Consumer and International:

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. This segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney Streaming Services, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney +, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

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 The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Limited, which is part of a business segment we call Direct-to-Consumer and International.

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