Finance Analyst - Television

27 Jun 2019
03 Aug 2019
Job role
Finance analyst
Our client is a global broadcast media company who are looking for a Finance Analyst with media, television or entertainment experience to join on a contract basis. This is an urgent hire with an ASAP start date

Purpose of the role

To provide financial information and commercial and planning support to finance team and business managers to enable the business to make effective commercial decisions. The role manages the financial reporting & controls process throughout their significant film distribution businesses. In addition, the role provides business partnering to senior EST business stakeholders.

  • Provides accurate analysis and interpretation of monthly results and commentary against budget and latest forecasts to review how the business is performing.
  • Provide robust finance control environment throughout the business area, ensuring deliverables from our CoE team are met
  • Monitor and update KPI reporting and post investment reviews to measure delivery of returns against approved funding or business plans.
  • Prepare modelling of five year plans and new business initiatives to support delivery of regional strategy.
  • Communicate, report, and advise relevant data and trends to the team and wider business as necessary to aid the development of a strong financial control and reporting environment and to promote financial understanding throughout the organisation.
  • Provide support to the business through analysing new opportunities for existing businesses and modelling new strategic opportunities to develop business models and demonstrate their financial viability.
  • Support the completion of the annual and quarterly planning process through the provision of supporting schedules and the timely maintenance of data within the SAP/BW financial system to comply with reporting and strategic requirements.
  • Work with regional finance teams to ensure compliance with Accounting Policies, IFRS, and where applicable local GAAP to ensure business risks are minimised and continually looking for opportunities to improve processes and controls to ensure compliance and minimise risk.
  • Support sales teams where appropriate to negotiating new deals through revenue modelling to deliver increased income.
  • Support manager by providing value added analysis and recommendations, in order to meet departmental and company objectives and support business decision making
  • Assist with review of statutory accounts, tax and VAT returns for subsidiary business to meet company and statutory requirements.

  • Regular (at least bi-weekly) contact with business area supporting through face-to-face meetings and email exchange.
  • Regular (at least weekly) catch ups through face-to-face meetings with the Finance Manager. Enables review of workload, deadlines and development of finance assistant.
  • Quarterly and add-hoc contact with other divisions within the organisation through email exchange to share information.

Knowledge & Skills
  • The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Commercial acumen
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Planning, analytical and modelling skills
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision. Time management.
  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent accounting knowledge gained from a professional accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) or equivalent work experience

Professional Experience
  • Experience of preparing and reviewing financial analysis to a high standard within tight deadlines.
  • Experience of financial reporting and forecasting within the media, entertainment or publishing industry desirable.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel (including pivot tables). SAP and BW experience preferable.
  • Good awareness of current and prospective technical accounting and reporting requirements under IFRS.
  • Please be aware that this role falls within IR35

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