The Walt Disney Company Financial Systems Manager in Glendale, California

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

At Disney Financial Systems, you’ll team with the best in the business to create and build in one of the most innovative teams in any industry. Uniquely positioned at the center of The Walt Disney Company, the forward-thinkers at Financial Systems constantly pursue new ideas and technologies to help The Walt Disney Company’s many businesses drive value, all the while gaining something valuable from the experience themselves. Come see the most interesting Company from the most interesting point of view.

Responsibilities :

The Financial Systems Manager (FSM) will support the reporting development, automation, and enhancements for Enterprise Reporting (Corp.), Studio, Consumer Products & Interactive (DCPI), ABC TV (DATG), ESPN, and our enterprise financial systems (e.g. SAP, Cognos BI/TM1, Tableau). They will design, govern and support the reporting processes to meet the needs of client groups in all segments, LOB’s and across the Enterprise.

Strategic Focus: He/she will serve as a strategic business planning partner working with business process owners, business units and IT to formulate enhancement options to address specific functional issues/requirements. The Manager’s key focus will be to support the reporting strategy solutions for the enterprise. In addition, the FSM will be adept at learning new technologies, and leading proof of concepts that can be leveraged across the enterprise.

Process/User Support: Provides and oversees support to finance system users and develops/delivers localized segment training as needed. Works with Segment Partners to understand and support their process and data needs. Provides leadership for financial system/process continuous improvement opportunities for the corporate segment and across the enterprise.

Experience: The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in SAP and financial reporting (Cognos Analytics, Business Objects, or other BI Reporting Solutions). This individual will lead a team of highly skilled senior financial systems analysts that support the business analytics solutions across the Enterprise and the Segments.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in finance and reporting system implementations at a Corporate, Segment or Business Unit level. This candidate should be familiar with current business analytics and finance process best practices and be able to work with various entities to streamline existing processes.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years work experience with financial or accounting, preferably in a large SAP installation

  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated expertise and technical proficiency in report design and build SQL and VBA.

  • Working knowledge in using Cognos/TM1 reporting tools (CWA, Report Studio, Active Reports) or other BI related tools.

  • Working knowledge of Robotics Process Automation solutions such as Blue Prism, UI Path, or Automation Anywhere

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in managing projects of small to medium scale and implemented change initiatives as a technical expert within a specified product or process area

  • Experience in service delivery in a high performing customer service and support organization with demonstrated expertise in reporting, data/hierarchies, and analysis

  • Strong understanding of financial systems, processes and enhancements

  • Proven history of building and maintaining excellent client service relationships

  • Proven ability to interact and partner with all levels of management to help drive collaborative business decisions

  • Charismatic, dynamic leader and effective manager, with a history of leading by example and mentoring teams to meet high profile objectives

  • Proven “team player” who possesses solid interpersonal and organizational skills

  • High energy level; strong work ethic

  • Self-driven, independent thinker

  • Results-oriented, able to anticipate change and respond to client priorities with agility

  • Demonstrated track record of process improvements and desire to implement best practices

  • Established expertise in financial operations, financial controls, GAAP accounting, financial reporting, and financial systems

  • Understanding of general ledger, hierarchies and data structures

  • Must possess strong quantitative and analytical skills combined with solid business and financial acumen

  • Experience in directing the accounting and reporting of a highly complex, diverse, international, multi-location financial organization

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Flexible, “special-projects” orientation coupled with solid ability to deliver on baseline client service obligations

  • Experience leading and championing change on projects of moderate scope and budget, involving localized teams whose success is dependent upon the management of potential risk factors, impacting a specific line of business

  • Experience managing a team of high performing financial professionals with focus on solving complex technical issues to achieve specified results within service level agreement (SLA) parameters, while providing a positive experience for customers

  • Experience managing and supervising a high performing customer service and support organization with demonstrated expertise in reporting and analyzing metrics to and driving resulting improvements in service levels

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to succinctly convey relevant information across multiple levels of the organization and confidently project a professional image that fosters relationship building and collaboration.

  • Ability to work independently on self -directed and assigned tasks under moderate direction and supervision

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Management experience leading local and offsite analysts with deep subject matter expertise in master data, reporting, and software engineering.

  • Experienced in using the Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)

  • Experience in using SAP or another ERP

  • Experience in using Business Objects, Tableau, and/or Cognos reporting tools

  • Experience developing, requirements, test scripts, and end user training

  • Experience implementing financial processes and systems

  • Experience using systems designed to manage issues, changes and testing (e.g. Service Now, Rational Team Concert, ALM)

  • Auditing Experience

Required Education :

  • Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent work experience in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Business, or a related field

Preferred Education :

  • Graduate Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration and Information Systems or a related field (e.g., MAC, MBA and MIS)

  • CPA or CMA license, or equivalent

  • PMP or other professional project management certification

  • Six Sigma certification

Company Overview :

At Corporate, you’ll team with the best in the business to build one of the most innovative global businesses in any industry. Uniquely positioned at the center of an exciting, multi-faceted Company, the forward-thinkers at Disney Corporate constantly pursue new ideas and technologies to help the Company’s many businesses drive value, all the while gaining something valuable from the experience themselves. Come see the most interesting Company from the most interesting point of view.

Additional Information :

This position is a legal entity of The Walt Disney Company, an equal opportunity employer.

Job ID: 532611BR

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)