Viacom Inc PRODUCTION FINANCE ANALYST in Burbank, California
Overview and Responsibilities
The Production Finance Analyst assists the Kids & Family TV team by providing day-to-daysupport for Animation Payroll and SAP/Market related matters. This includes handling weeklyunion payroll and freelance payroll for the union and non-union show-related population, aswell as providing hands-on support to business users for SAP GUI and SAP Market applications(including studio executive and production needs regarding corporate & P-Cards, T&Epolicy/reconciliation help, and accounts payable assistance).Additionally, this position will be tasked with the preparation and maintenance of productioncost reports and financial schedules including assisting series producers with budgeting andforecasting, meeting with Production Management to identify areas of actual or potential risksand opportunity, analyzing the current status of the budget to identify areas for reallocatingfunds, preparing timely cost reports and monthly cash flows.This position is required to fundamentally understand all aspects of production, from thedevelopment stage through to the post-production and delivery stage, and be able to adviseboth production crew members and management on timely basis regarding courses of actionnecessary to keep productions on track with respect to budget.This position interacts with internal groups (i.e. studio employees, Global Business Services, etc)and other department members in responding to inquiries, Market assistance, etc. This positionalso interacts with external (i.e. vendor) members at Cast & Crew for all payroll needs. Thisposition will also be an active participant in all internal and external payroll audits and any adhoc reporting requests. The Production Finance Analyst reports to the Director ProductionFinance, Viacom Kids & Family.
JOB DESCRIPTION:Payroll• Responsible for being the main point of contact with Cast & Crew for all NickelodeonAnimation departments that interact with Cast & Crew: Casting, Fellowship, Artist &Writers Program, Productions (Series and Development), etc. This position isresponsible for assisting these groups with any and all issues that would include, but notlimited to: process, paperwork, errors, etc.• Review weekly union timecard packages from productions and transmit to Cast & Crew.• Review weekly freelance invoices submitted by production, creation of freelance invoicesummary and transmission to Cast & Crew.• Perform weekly union and weekly freelance edit review of data received by Cast &Crew, follow-up/resolution correspondence with Cast & Crew paymaster, and approvalof edits for payment to employees.• Yearly vacation payroll oversight for union studio employees.• Perform journal entries and/or reconciliations to correct any payroll coding issues andfor requested payroll reclasses between projects/business groups on a monthly,quarterly, and/or yearly basis.• Coordinate and provide support for payroll audits with internal and external parties.• Responsible for digital file maintenance of payroll submissions/approved edits.
Production Support• Point person for business teams to investigate and resolve inquiries from teams needingassistance with corporate and Pcards, T&E, and AP-related matters such as questionsabout POs, Confirmations, etc.• Point of contact for all local user issues regarding SAP GUI and SAP Market throughshared service center.• Identify, recommend, and implement process improvements to increase efficiency.• Adhere to company financial policies and procedures and keep the production teamsinformed of policy changes as necessary.
Finance• Work closely with producers to effectively manage animation productions relating tobudgets, coding, journal entries, cost reports, and cash flows.• Analyze results versus production budget and approved overages; prepare for monthlymanagement review, provide variance explanations with regard to potential savings orcost overages. As needed, prepare overage memos.• Support monthly/quarterly accounting close, including preparation of accruals,reclasses, closing journal entries, general ledger account analysis/reconciliations andresearch as needed.• Other duties as assigned
• Bachelor degree in accounting, finance or related field• Strong working knowledge of accounting for episodic TV shows and/or previousexperience in corporate accounting/finance setting preferred• Experience with SAP a plus• Strong working knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint skills preferred• Knowledge of the entertainment industry, especially TV production preferred• Familiar with Local 839 IATSE Agreement related to animation guild contracts• Adhere to confidential nature of highly sensitive material• Appreciates/pays attention to detail but possesses the ability to see the bigger pictureand understands the relevance• Efficiency, speed, accuracy, pro-active approach to job, and excellent people skillsessential• A willingness to work as part of a team and cover other roles as necessary• Ability to solve problems/be inquisitive, organize and prioritize multiple tasks and meetdeadlines• Works well under pressure and completes (both individual and joint) projects on atimely basis• Improvement oriented and innovative perspective a plus
Company Viacom International Services