Senior Manager, Finance & Strategy

Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a world class strategic finance leader to join our award-winning video game company in Irvine, California. Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer and publishing of entertainment software. Its games are consistently in the top of its category, including World of Warcraft®, Overwatch™, Diablo®, Hearthstone®, and StarCraft® franchises, each of which have received Game of the Year awards.


Responsibilities

Successful business leaders at Blizzard need a unique mix of quantitative and qualitative capabilities. The same levels of innovation and craftmanship that our creative teams bring to areas like design and art, we expect from our Finance leaders in strategy, product passion, and financial rigor.


The Finance & Strategy Senior Manager is expected to supervise and help drive sustained revenue and margin growth for a responsible game via strategic financial and business initiatives. This requires a unique combination of data-driven thinking to identify strategic opportunities, the creativity and passion to execute in player-centric ways, and the collaboration and influence skills to align with other passionate and invested teams.


This Person Will Have Two Main Dimensions of Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Support game franchise’s major planning cycles, including Annual Operating Plan and Long Range Plan that focuses on growth and profitability
  • Be a strong financial steward for the responsible game, leading all aspects of cost management and budget development from production resourcing to marketing spend
  • Lead strategic and financial analysis to find opportunities to drive top and bottom line growth for the franchise. Partner with cross-functional teams to execute and report KPIs to executives


Business Strategy

  • Be an experienced resource on industry business practices in the genre of the franchise, including business models/performance, live services strategy, and product pipelines
  • Propose in and out of game initiatives to drive engagement, retention, and monetization; work with analytics to report out on performance
  • Increase the repeatability of our successes by sharing processes and lessons learned with other game teams


Requirements

The successful candidate must have the experience to drive the financial success of a complex, high growth AAA franchise. In addition, they will possess absolute integrity. Aligned with the cultural values and business focus of Blizzard Entertainment and the broader Activision Blizzard family, qualified candidates must demonstrate the following traits:

  • Passion for and in-depth knowledge of Blizzard. Knowledge of the video game industry, especially in mobile games with strong live services
  • 6+ years of business management experiences, including 3+ years of demonstrated experience in top tier management consulting, investment banking, or product management
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, written and oral communications, team collaboration, adaptability to change, and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to handle complex projects with diverse partners
  • Deep knowledge in the key performance metrics that drive game performance. Proven records of driving innovative initiatives to generate positive revenue growth
  • MBA or equivalent professional experience
  • Prior industry experience in gaming, consumer software, or entertainment. Prior functional experience in finance, strategy, or product management


This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA.


We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.


We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to accommodationrequests@activisionblizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.


Our World

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.


The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.


Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.


In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $105,120.00 - $194,400.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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