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Director of Finance

| Santa Monica

The Director of Finance position is responsible for various aspects of Financial Planning for the North American Recorded Music Division at our company headquarters in Santa Monica. This position will act as the liaison between Universal Music labels and UMG Corporate Finance to support the monthly consolidation processes, analyze results and provide variance explanations to the Global Finance team. The position will manage monthly financial forecasts, review annual operating plan submissions of our North American labels and perform ad hoc analyses as required by the SVP and CFO of North America.

Job Functions:

  • Review Monthly Results verses Plan, Forecast and Prior Year and communicate variances to Global Finance
  • Analyze and report key performance indicators and highlight trends in margin, artist investment and cash flow
  • Manage annual Plan and Forecasts including:
    • Consolidation of North American Region
    • Sales reporting by release
    • Deck preparation for review by Senior Management
    • Analysis of year-over-year trends and financial targets
  • Prepare executive presentations in support of Actuals, Forecast and Plan
  • Provide ad hoc analysis as required
  • Manage team of three finance professionals
  • Identify and implement process efficiencies and enhancements to improve productivity and quality of forecasts

Skills/Abilities:

  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Prior management experience is a must
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple assignments
  • Must think independently and creatively and possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skilled and experienced in asking right questions to turn around analyses quickly
  • Candidate must possess strong Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills and experience with Hyperion Financial Management/Smartview Reporting, SAP and BPC Planning
  • Extensive experience conducting quantitative and qualitative financial analysis
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and financial statement preparation

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of financial planning & analysis, strategic planning, accounting and/or audit experience is required
  • Experience in the entertainment industry, with understanding of recorded music business preferred

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or other related areas
  • CPA or MBA is a plus

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disclaimer

This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

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UMG IT is primarily based in Woodland Hills, a neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica mountains in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

Everyone is hard working but it’s still a pretty relaxed and friendly environment. If you need any help people are always ready to make time. Between the conference room with all over music related decorations, big lunch room with table-football and arcade games and a very casual dress code, the overall vibe is really chill.

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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our team serves departments across the company by providing feedback and best practices on software asset management. We get to work with a lot of different teams which is really interesting.

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What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team relies on the ability to have quick and meaningful communications, sharing of ideas in a constructive way and working closely as a whole team. You also need to be interested in always learning. Technology never stands still and neither does this team.

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What does your typical day look like?

There is no typical day at UMG, which is a good thing! I get an opportunity to work with numerous individuals within IT and the business on a variety of global projects. Having the opportunity to work with so many talented people globally and continuously learn and contribute to our business is very exciting.

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