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Sr. Manager, Finance & Strategy

Irvine, CA

Reporting To: Associate Director, Finance & Strategy, Overwatch


Our World

We have been writing video game history since 1979. We connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. Our products help build community and create social platforms that bring people together. We are relentlessly curious, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to create games of our dreams—and yours. To put it simply, our goal is to make every day more fun with games such as Candy Crush™, Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone® and Diablo®.


Our portfolio includes some of the most iconic intellectual properties in all of entertainment, developed by the exceptionally talented teams at Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, and King, and our independent studios, including Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, and Treyarch. Activision Blizzard Media unlocks the gateway for brands to the #1 gaming platform in the western world. And our Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group and Activision Blizzard Esports teams own the charge on extending the ways fans connect with our franchises in their everyday lives. Now part of Microsoft, we continue to be one of the most influential and successful interactive entertainment names in the world.


Your Mission

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a finance leader to join our award-winning video game company in Irvine, California. Blizzard Entertainment is a 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 an outstanding mix of quantitative and qualitative capabilities. The levels of innovation and craftsmanship that our creative teams bring to areas like design and art, we expect from our Finance leaders in strategic planning, product passion, and financial difficulty.


The Finance & Strategy Sr Manager is encouraged to coordinate a help drive sustained revenue and margin growth for a responsible game via strategic financial and business initiatives. This requires an outstanding combination of data-driven thinking to identify strategic opportunities, the creativity and passion to execute in player-centric ways, and the teamwork and influence skills to align with other hardworking and invested teams.


This person will have two main dimensions of responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Support game franchise’s major planning cycles, including Forecasts, Quarter and Month-End Closes, Annual Operating Plan and Long Range Plan that focus 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 implement and report important metrics to execs


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 standard processes and lessons learned with other game teams


Requirements

The successful candidate must have the experience to drive the financial success of a sophisticated, 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 games with strong live services
  • 4-5+ years of finance experience
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, written and oral communications, team collaboration, adaptability to change, and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to lead sophisticated projects with diverse partners
  • Deep knowledge in the key performance metrics that drive game performance. Validated records of driving innovative initiatives to generate positive revenue growth
  • Prior proven experience in gaming, consumer software, or entertainment. Prior functional experience in finance, strategy, or product management


Our World 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment.


We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™.


Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network in the world!


Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only improved by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We seek to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!


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 advised by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.


Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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


In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $105,120.00 - $194,400.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location.


Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. 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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