Finance Lead (Master Data, System Close, & Research)
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Who We Are…
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Your New Role...
The Lead, Master Data, System Close, & Research is responsible for (a) planning, coordinating and executing the department’s master data maintenance process; (b) executing the department’s month-end system close cycle, and; (c) managing a variety of complex data and statement research items. As the primary contact for the department’s research capability, provide enhanced data analysis across FCRA by identifying and resolving data exceptions and miscoding, correcting data, and working with the technology support team to implement solutions. This position is primarily focused on ensuring data integrity of the Warner Bros. Participations system with particular emphasis on month-end close system stability and integration timeliness. It requires the ability to multi-task across several systems, identifying process and system improvements for the master data and month-end close processes, and executing testing of system enhancements, as well as communicating with Corporate Accounting, Business Units and Technology relating to master data, system close and research activities and projects.
Your Role Accountabilities...
- Coordinate and execute FCRA's master data maintenance process: completes all master data activities associated with the month end close cycle including the ongoing maintenance of all Sylvester system Hierarchies and Filters; prepares Master Data related policies and guidelines; identifies process and control improvements for the Master Data (core Sylvester Hierarchies and interface filters); tests Sylvester system enhancements including new hierarchy changes to accommodate automation efforts in the FCRA reporting process; communicates with Corporate Accounting, Business Units and EFS on by-title master data changes; works directly with 3rd party system support vendors to ensure transactional and master data feeds are functioning properly.
- Execute the FCRA data month-end system close cycle, identifying and escalating close-related issues. And communicating with various stakeholders involved in the close (e.g., Sylvester system support, SAP support, AIRS system support, EFS, Turner, TV Productions and other Business Units). This role also includes executing close activities such as interface validations, manual upload validations and processing, BU balance confirmations and data staging. In addition, the role includes the preparation of procedures related to the Month-End Close process, as well as required month-end close documentation for cross training purposes; partners with technology support to troubleshoot interface and line-of-business system, month-end close issues; participates in cross-functional technical support troubleshooting sessions to facilitate rapid resolution of time-sensitive system issues; drives critical failure, root-cause analysis efforts to minimize likelihood of recurrence.
- Build data research and analytic capability within DDM: as the primary contact for DDM’s Research capability and uses specialized tools and analytics to find solutions; reports metrics and uses analytical techniques, identifies root causes of issues and addresses them on an on-going basis; documents the outcome of the research for future reference and knowledge management.
- Perform data analytics and analysis to further improve the data management within DDM. This includes Trend Analysis, Exception Reporting and BU reconciliation efforts as well as detailed data research and data clean-up activities. Determine the approaches to be used and complete the analysis to determine the outcome of the research or data cleanup activities. Innovate to further automate the Month End Close and Master Data processes. Identify, initiate and document improvements to controls, procedures, policies and system enhancements to the Sylvester system. Implement changes through planning, preparing and executing all user acceptance testing activities (writing test plans, user requirements, use cases, test scripts; and executing test scripts, identifying and documenting defects).
Qualifications & Experience...
3 - 5 years previous accounting, audit, project management, IT or financial related experience required
Effective project management preferred
Data analysis or data management experience strongly preferred
Experience with closing a financial system on a monthly basis preferred
Experience with system implementations and user acceptance testing (UAT) is strongly preferred
Experience working with third party system support vendors preferred
Experience in a large corporate environment and working in a matrix organization
Entertainment industry experience is strongly preferred
Education, Professional Training, Technical Training or Certification
Bachelor’s degree required with a major in Business, Accounting, Finance, or Computer Science required
Consulting and/or Professional Services experience preferred
CPA or MBA preferred
SAP experience required
Good verbal and written communications required; must be an effective presenter
Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills required
Very strong planning, organizational, time management skills required; must be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Strong knowledge of participations and entertainment industry finance preferred
Expert proficiency in Microsoft Windows environment, including Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Word; SQL, SharePoint, MS Projects, and MS Access experience is a plus
Must be able to have a good understanding of the multidimensional aspects of participant deals, including ability to read and understand agreements
Must have strong competency in working with multiple systems and applications; must have aptitude to quickly learn new technologies and information systems
Excellent ability to interact professionally with all levels of personnel and management required
Must be able to adapt and learn new technologies.
Must be able to understand and communicate with operational, financial, IT personnel.
Must be able to manage multiple tasks effectively, efficiently, with flexibility to changing priorities.
Must be a team player with high-level of interpersonal skills and customer-focus.
Must be detail oriented
Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Must be a quick learner who takes initiatives and is results-oriented.
Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.
This position is required to work in person at one of our locations in the United States. WarnerMedia requires anyone working in our workplaces in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions to this vaccine requirement are available to those entitled to reasonable accommodations for religious or medical reasons.
Management has the right to add or change duties and job requirements at any time.
Current WBD employees will be given preferential consideration for this opportunity.
How We Get Things Done…
This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.
The Legal Bits…In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. $62,797.00 - $116,624.00 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO)
Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, 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
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