The Domestic Home Entertainment Finance Manager is a key member of the FP&A team, primarily involved in the preparation of the monthly management reporting activities, quarterly forecasts, annual budget, multi-year plans, ultimates, go-to-market P&L, special projects and ad hoc analyses.
As part of the day-to-day activities, this role will liaise with members of the commercial and marketing teams in the preparation of forecasts, budgets and ultimates related to Motion Picture Group titles. The Manager will also work closely with the Global Finance Organization group (Accounting, AR, AP, etc.) to gain a firm understanding of monthly financial statements (P&L, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet) as well as to communicate and knowledge share financial plan assumptions, as applicable.
This role will be expected to actively contribute ideas and perspective as we strive to continuously improve on processes, forecast cycle lead time and plan accuracy. In addition, the collective HE planning team will coordinate with the domestic distribution planning team and the global distribution consolidation team to ensure appropriate financial schedules such as title forecasts, income statements and cash flow statements are prepared, communicated and delivered timely.
- Prepare financial budgets, quarterly forecasts, and multi-year plans (P&L, Cash, Balance Sheet).
- Ensure P&L assumptions are properly loaded from Excel models to PBCS (Essbase) and BPC planning systems.
- Review and ensure quarterly production assumption changes are completed timely and accurately.
- Ensure preparation of product owner P&L passes are accurate and on-time.
- Consolidate full Domestic Home Entertainment forecast view (physical and digital businesses, also Motion Picture Group, WW Acquisitions and TV lines of product)
- Track performance relative to budgets and forecasts. Review actual results and concisely explain variances against budgets and forecast, market and key product slate categories.
- Liaise with accounting team to improve availability and flow of information.
- Liaise with the order-to-cash and AP teams, as necessary, to stay informed on potential impacts to plan assumptions.
- Coordinate with the commercial and marketing teams to prepare title specific go-to-market P&L
- Coordinate with SFA to prepare and review greenlight and pre-release ultimates (titles unreleased).
- Coordinate with SFA to prepare, review and consolidate quarterly ultimate updates (primarily titles in release).
- Prepare special key title performance reporting
- Support the annual update of the film ultimate model, as necessary
- Review quarterly forecast and annual budget title detail for the Sales Reporting team.
Review/work on special projects and analyses.
- 5+ years combined accounting and planning experience. Home entertainment planning background a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance preferred. MBA/CPA a plus.
- Critical thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong financial modeling background
- Solid business acumen and problem-solving skills
- Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple projects
- Strong follow-through on all projects
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
- Strong organization skills, attention to detail and accuracy
- Strong sense of urgency and ability to bring projects to timely completion with minimal supervision
- Have an open mind for process improvement and embracing change
- Strong understanding of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- Experience with Excel, PBCS/Smartview, Essbase, PBC, Powerpoint, Tableau, Power BI, SAP, Word
- Strong proficiency in MS Excel a must, with ability to work with high volume of data from multiple sources
- Proficient in MS PowerPoint and Word preferred
- Essbase, PBCS/Smartview and SAP experience a plus
Sony Pictures Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristics.
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