Vice President, Affiliate Finance

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Ref#: 28734
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 HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, EPISODES, DICE, the upcoming drama I’M DYING UP HERE, the limited series GUERRILLA and PURITY, and the highly anticipated return of TWIN PEAKS.

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 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 for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

Description:

This position leads the Affiliate Finance team overseeing Cable, Telco and Special Markets platforms, as well as, Signal and Contract Management processes.  The primary responsibilities include 1) management of all financial and operational aspects of the assigned account portfolio; 2) provide detailed strategic analyses on revenue platforms; 3) primary business lead to the Affiliate Management System (AMS) Project – CBS’s cross-divisional, next-generation billing and reporting application; 4) supervise signal and device management, and contract management functions.  This position has supervisory responsibilities for two Directors, two Senior Financial Account Managers, and one Financial Account Manager.

This individual is a key contributor and influencer in regard to sales and marketing initiatives in partnership with the CFO, the SVP of Affiliate Finance & Business Operations and Sales and Marketing business units.

Financial Operations

Lead the development of detailed analyses, long range business plans, revenue/subscriber forecasts and expense budgets for traditional affiliate platforms.  Provide senior management with detailed, decision-oriented presentations.  As information affecting short and long-term trends becomes available, proactively revise forecasts and analyses to ensure accuracy with no variance surprises for senior management.

Responsible for supervision and timely execution of all financial operations, including cash collection and application, subscriber tracking, monthly accounting close for revenue, variance analyses, and the application of revenue recognition methodologies for appropriate accounting treatments and systems controls. 

Strategic Analyses

This position is responsible for providing key strategic analyses and guidance on contract negotiations (including concept modeling, analysis, internal sell-in, and presentation) to a wide range of Senior Executives (CFO, Sales EVP, SVPs, AVPs).  This also includes developing new ways to structure deals with little to no guidance and being able to successfully present to senior management and express a well-developed point of view. 

Provide strategic analyses on a myriad of issues pertaining to SNI’s distribution revenue environment (competition, affiliate objectives, industry consolidation, long-term outlook, etc.). Specifically, analysis and review of all available metrics and data to ensure SNI is making the correct strategic decisions on all platforms are key responsibilities.

These analyses are utilized by management to determine SNI’s business planning, potential new initiatives/investments, marketing plans and affiliate relations.  The individual must be able to synthesize complex information into a format that is detailed, clear and concise for presentation.     

Timely completion of strategic analyses in an ever-changing business environment requires effective leadership and delegation by this VP within the Affiliate Finance team.

Presentation and communication of financial issues, revenue and expense analyses and all related sensitivities to senior management on an ongoing basis; requires development of recommended courses of strategic action for consideration by senior management; requires steadfastness to point of view in the face of differing opinions; requires proactive and constant monitoring of all financial events and discussions on a daily basis.   As an executive team member within both the Corporate Finance and Sales departments, help to influence and shape the financial and strategic direction of the company with insights from an Affiliate Finance perspective.

Work closely with members of the financial organization in team development by supporting the principles of effective teams.  Develop and train new team members within the Affiliate Finance team and throughout the finance organization as appropriate.

Oversee the signal/device management and contract administration functions, which include supervising one Director, working closely with the Operations department and co-sponsoring the OASYS device management/authorization system.

Lead and manage the proper administration of distribution revenue management services for joint venture agreements, including Smithsonian Networks.

Qualifications:

8-10 years Finance experience with strategic modeling and business planning experience

Undergraduate degree in related field; MBA or CPA preferred

Strong leadership abilities and delegation skills

Exceptional financial and analytical skills

Exceptional strategic skills with abilities to compile, decipher, and effectively communicate complex issues into concise and easy to understand formats

Ability to see business issues in both the macro and micro level

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

Must exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and possess an ability to build rapport with internal and external clients

Must be proactive and excellent problem solver with ability to adjust priorities as needed

Strong PC and financial modeling skills

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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