The Walt Disney Company Manager, Financial Systems 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 systems team 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 Manager of Financial Systems (MFS) will support the Forecasting & Planning (F&P) reporting and process projects, and enhancements. They will serve as a strategic business planning partner working with business process owners, business units, and IT to formulate enhancement and roadmap options to address specific reporting needs, functional issues, and requirements. The MSF will also lead in designing policies and standards. They will participate in the design, evaluation, testing and implementation of report development, system break fixes, enhancements, projects, and other reporting and/or system updates. The MSF will provide daily support to end user community, identify continuous improvement opportunities and develop training/communication materials.

The ideal candidate should have a strong accounting or planning background and have extensive experience in reporting tools, Cognos/TM1, Business Objects, and financial system implementations at a Corporate, Segment or Business Unit level. This candidate should be familiar with financial data and hierarchies, business analytics and finance process best practices and be able to work with various entities to streamline existing processes.

Basic Qualifications :

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

  • Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated expertise and technical proficiency in report design and build.

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

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in managing projects of medium to large 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

  • 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 with direct/in-direct management of 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 with direct/in-direct management of 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

  • 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

  • CPA or CMA license, or equivalent

  • PMP or other professional project management certification

  • Six Sigma certification

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 or MIS)

Additional Information :

  • This person will report to the Sr. Manager, DFS Burbank/Glendale – Enterprise Financial Services.

Job ID: 555322BR

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)