Financial Account Director

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Ref#: 30042
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:

SHOWTIME and its critically-acclaimed, award-winning original series continue to make their mark on the cultural landscape, with one of the most successful programming slates in all of television. With an impressive line-up of new and returning original series, the SHOWTIME hit dramas and comedies include TWIN PEAKS, HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, EPISODES, I’M DYING UP HERE, SMILF, WHITE FAMOUS and the upcoming drama THE CHI. Original series play a key part in the SHOWTIME programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series ALL ACCESS, A SEASON WITH and the Emmy Award-winning veteran series INSIDE THE NFL. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Channels. The network’s authentication service, Showtime Anytime, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers. Subscribers can also watch on their computers at www.showtime.com and www.showtimeanytime.com.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events.

Description:

The Financial Account Director – Affiliate Finance oversees a wide range of financial responsibilities that ensure accurate reflection of revenue and subscriber information reported within SNI and to CBS.  This position will manage all financial and contractual aspects (i.e. revenue, marketing expense, cash collections and budgeting/ forecasting) of several Key Accounts and/or a diversified account portfolio for the Sales team.  In addition, actively participate within an empowered, self-directed, and cross-functional team environment.

 Financial Operations

The FAD is the primary resource regarding financial information of an assigned account portfolio, as well as various other smaller accounts.  The position is responsible for managing all monthly accrual-based revenue and expense related transactions for the accounts as well as the development of the monthly and quarterly forecasts, long range plans and creation of monthly subscriber and trend analyses.  The FAD is responsible for reviewing the monthly trends, providing variance analyses and taking a proactive approach in managing the accounts.  This includes understanding all relevant business issues that may impact the accounts’ performance, discussing all significant revenue and expense variances with the Key Account Vice President in a timely manner, and making recommendations regarding the forecasting and presentation of information to senior management.  Additionally, the FAD must identify and effectively communicate the necessary risks and opportunities regarding the forecast of both revenue and expense and rate economics of the accounts.  This position will also play a critical role in modeling and analyzing associated with contract negotiations.  A deep understanding of the accounts, the macro-environment for premium network distribution and a strong partnership with the Sales Team is crucial for success.

 This position will be responsible for developing a strong understanding of the various revenue and expense systems utilized by the Department.  The FAD will be utilized by the team as a key resource for any questions and or identified problems and will be responsible for helping to resolve these items with the help of IS&T.  

 

In addition, the FAD will oversee many of the Affiliate Finance department’s monthly close processes such as balance sheet reconciliations, account P&L accuracy, and designated Key Account reporting and metrics.

Strategic Analyses

The FAD will partner closely with and assist the SVP, Affiliate Finance & Business Operations and the VP, Affiliate Finance & Business Operations with multiple strategic and analytical analyses that arise on an ad hoc basis.  Such analyses require that the FAD have extensive knowledge of the industry and associated trends, a firm understanding of SNI’s overall strategy, and a solid understanding of accounting principles.

The FAD is an integral part of one of SNI’s Sales Key Account teams and works directly with the Account Vice President and Director of the Key Account team to develop models, ad-hoc analysis and presentations that assist in making strategic decisions and fulfill the ongoing requests from SNI senior management and CBS regarding high profile accounts.  The FAD will assist in aligning individual Key Account strategies with the overall SNI company goals in order to meet financial targets.

 This role supports, partners with and provides guidance to the Key Account teams and marketing department to understand and analyze the financial impact of all major marketing campaigns.  The position will partner closely with Financial Account Managers across all Key Accounts, SNI’s Affiliate Finance expense team, Business Operations and Sales & Marketing to understand ROI for premium marketing campaigns.

Team Development

As a leader in the Finance Organization, the FAD actively participates in team development by supporting the principles of effective teams and assisting in the selection and training of new team members, including sales employees.  Additionally, this role will act as a resource to various finance teams regarding both business and team related issues.  This includes actively participating in committees that lead change within the Affiliate Finance team as well as the overall Finance Organization.        

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field preferred.
  • 4 to 6 years previous experience in revenue management, contract interpretation/billing and accounts receivable systems.
  • Solid understanding of accounting principles (accrual-based accounting, journal entries, P&L analysis) and financial skills     
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Leadership abilities demonstrated to Finance and Sales Management
  • Consistently demonstrate innovative approaches to problem-solving
  • Attention to detail and dedication to excellence
  • High level of initiative; pro-active, positive approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Very strong computer skills, including: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and financial planning tools
  • Strong customer service background
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and empowered team environment
  • Proven track record of being used as a mentor or advisor to peers
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