Finance Lead, FP&A - DC Publishing


Warner Bros. Entertainment Group

Position Type

Full Time


Finance/Accounting, Graphics/Design/Art, Publishing


United States - California - Burbank

Posted Date

Nov. 19, 2020

Req Number


Company Overview

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

Opportunity Overview

The Job

DC seeks a Finance Lead, FP&A. The Finance Lead, FP&A will lead the business unit’s Financial Planning & Reporting functions. This position will drive planning activities in alignment with DC’s operational calendar, as well as oversee finance activities & analyses in support of DC’s growth strategies.

The Daily
  • Establish and communicate annual planning roadmap.
  • Identify and drive financial analyses needed to supporting planning activities.
  • Direct the development & consolidation of BU’s worldwide financial plans, including: long range plans, annual budgets, rolling forecasts, and cash & capital budgets.
  • Partner and iterate with Business Leads on revenue forecasts and cost assumptions. Plan and lead cross-department working sessions to develop plans.
  • Consolidate detailed revenue and expense projections and submit all plan cycle deliverables to Corporate Finance; Serve as primary liaison to Corporate Finance for queries related to each planning cycle.
  • Revise forecasts based on actuals and changes in the business landscape.
  • Drive development of BU financial objectives and KPIs. Create process to monitor and report.
  • Present plans to Studio & Networks and DC senior management.
  • Direct all aspects of the consolidation of the BU’s worldwide financial results for reporting to Studio & Networks and DC senior executives. Design and develop management reports.
  • Design and direct financial close & reporting process within DC and interaction with other business units and corporate services providers based on Corporate Finance guidelines and accountability requirements.
  • Manage GL account review for all P&L and Balance Sheet activities and ensure proper validations are in place. Ensure procedures are also in place at Corporate partners (GBS and FCRA).
  • Evaluate & report actual BU performance against financial plans. Partner with Business Leads to explain variances to budgets and develops plan to achieve divisional profit goals.
  • Prepare and lead financial close meeting presentations and review representation letter for SVP in quarterly reviews with Corporate Finance heads
  • Oversee monitoring of DC performance against budget and targets. Develop approach, analytics and pace of review. Establish interim outlooks based on business knowledge and collaboration with other departments.
  • Partner with Business Leads to drive Quarterly Business Reviews.
  • Oversee processes, procedures and controls to ensure accuracy of financial reports and analyses. Activity includes establishing monthly account reviews, key performance metrics, redundant quality controls.
  • Oversees the development and training for all financial processe
  • Develop key department priorities and operational roadmap to ensure staff is ready and able to meet changing business needs. Identify areas of training and development for staff.
  • Develop and/or maintain documentation and training material for Financial Planning & Analysis.
  • Develop analyses to support business activities for BU senior executives, including sales performance, market / industry analyses and project greenlights

The Essentials
  • BA/BS degree in Accounting, Business or related field required
  • CPA and/or MBA required Minimum 10 years of experience in financial systems, accounting and finance required
  • Big 4 public accounting or comparable consulting firm experience preferred
  • Experience with accounting, tax and business issues required
  • Experience leading and building high performing teams
  • Entertainment and/or publishing industry experience preferred
  • Must demonstrate high judgement and autonomy; leads with enthusiasm and is a strategic thinker
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles
  • Financial Systems Skills: ERP (SAP or Oracle) experience required
  • PC Skills: Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint required
  • Knowledge of MS Project, PowerPoint, SQL and/or Visio required
  • Presentation skills required
  • Must be able to develop and implement projects
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with persons on all levels, in person and on the telephone
  • Must have the ability to pay close attention to detail and understand written and oral instructions
  • Must have the ability to organize and schedule work effectively
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally
Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.