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Production Finance Manager for Prod Co (Burbank, CA)

Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Who are we hiring?
MSG is looking for an experienced live-action Production Finance Manager, who is familiar with studio and location accounting, domestic and international tax-incentives, and visual effects. This role will be instrumental in providing accurate cost reporting, evaluating budgets for productions, and ensuring adherence to financial policies & procedures. The ideal candidate would demonstrate a thorough understanding of accounting for productions. This position will report to the Senior Director Finance but will partner closely with the Studios team, Producers, and members of the Accounting team. They will be instrumental in creating budgets, estimating final costs, evaluating risks and opportunities and optimizing production entity structure to best monetize production incentives and minimize financial and legal risk. A self starter who can work independently and take ownership.What will you do?
Be the functional expert, demonstrating ownership of all daily, weekly, monthly aspects of production accounting, including vendor payments, petty cash, time cards, purchase card reconciliation, and fielding accounting related requests from production teams to provide and present clear, accurate and timely production planning scenarios and analysis to both Producers and cross functional teams during the life cycle of production.
Develop relationships with production, finance, and accounting teams to provide excellent, consistent support both in Burbank and New York City
Collaborate with Producers to quickly estimate and evaluate production health against milestones and data metrics.
Help create budget in software like Movie Magic Budgeting, to estimate the costs of future productions, and to help quantify and detail and finalize productions that go to camera.
Produce weekly reports showing Actual vs Budget Cash Flow
Adapt to changing scenarios, anticipate problems and recommend solutions. Review production related expenses; identify potential areas for budgetary risk and opportunity for process implementation and/or improvement.
Assit accounting with tax incentive opportunities that are available.
Colloborate with accounting to ensure proper accounting of all costs, record keeping is accurate and well documented, vetting invoices against contracts and deliverables to provide appropriate audit controls in accordance with GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley.
Comply with all policies and procedures and assist operations and production with POs, invoices, checks, petty cash, and time card approvals
Work directly with payroll companies and systems (Cast&Crew and PSL) to track freelance labor
Design a process to keep track of multiple ongoing initiatives and provide regular financial updates as needed for month-end and quarter-end calculations of accruals
Generate sophisticated Excel modeling exercises and executive level reports as needed: Cause of change/variance analysis such as Impact/sensitivity analysis; Dynamic forecasting; generate Cash flow analysis and Trend analysisWhat do you need to succeed?
BS in finance or accounting preferred
At least 5-7 years in a live action senior production accounting role
Experience with Production accounting and budgeting software and payroll providers
Must be able to work in a fast-paced production environment, as well as within a broader corporate matrix environment.
Ability to work independently and cross-functionally
Advanced Excel skills
Superior communication skills and exceptional attention to detail in a fast-paced environment

Keywords: RICE GORTON PICTURES LTD, Los Angeles , Production Finance Manager for Prod Co (Burbank, CA), Executive , Los Angeles, California

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