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SVP, Finance (Maternity cover)
Global Distribution and International
NBCUniversal International Studios is headed by Michael Edelstein, President, and headquartered in London. The division’s mandate is to identify and collaborate with cutting edge creative talent around the world to produce high-quality scripted and unscripted drama, comedy, entertainment and factual entertainment programmes.
International Studios has significantly expanded its stable of production companies via acquisition and strategic partnerships, and works with a range of leading and award-winning producers and production companies to develop programmes that appeal to local and global audiences.
International Studios’ UK-based production companies include: Carnival, maker of The Last Kingdom for BBC2 and creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama sensation Downton Abbey, one of the UK’s biggest TV exports of all time; Monkey Kingdom, which specialises in entertainment programmes and produces the hit UK reality series Made in Chelsea; Chocolate Media, a factual/entertainment production company; Lucky Giant, a comedy label and maker of the forthcoming series Quacks for the BBC; and Working Title Television, a joint venture with Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, producer of shows such as London Spy for the BBC and You, Me and the Apocalypse for Sky.
International Studios announced the founding of Heyday Television in 2015, a joint venture with award winning film producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, Paddington) which is intended to produce premium, long-form scripted programming for both UK and US markets.
International Studios has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker (led by Tom Hardy, an international film actor, and his producing partner, Dean Baker) and owns Tellycopter, a research and development resource that sits alongside its production companies.
Outside the UK, NBCUniversal International Studios owns Australia-based Matchbox Pictures, producers of critically-acclaimed drama series The Slap, and co-owns LARK Productions in Canada, producer of long-running procedural Motive and Real Housewives of Vancouver.
International Studios also operates NBCUniversal Formats – a global format sales team which represents the international rights to a broad slate of programming, including reality, lifestyle, entertainment and scripted shows produced by NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Style, Syfy, G4, Carnival, Chocolate, LARK, Lucky Giant, Matchbox, and Monkey Kingdom. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.
The SVP Finance is responsible for financial management of the International Studios business, providing oversight, strategic vision and driving financial performance for the division. This position reports to the COO, International Studios and manages the finance team.
•Lead business strategy discussions around core finance processes (LRP, Budget, Operating Reviews) & proactively support all business development activity
•Directly support the COO and President and act as a thought partner to drive the strategic direction of the business
•Lead investment reviews for title greenlights, producer deals and strategic initiatives
•Provide financial oversight to the production companies
•Drive operational excellence across the finance function to monitor business performance, deliver accurate and timely financial metrics and support strategic growth
•Responsible for day to day management of International Studios finance functions (FP&A, commercial finance, controllership and production finance)
•Manage all internal finance processes including department level budgets, risks and opportunities process, revenue recognition, cash management, capital expenditures, regular pacing estimates, controllership reviews, adherence to local tax, regulatory and compliance requirements
•Manage all reporting requirements for NBCUniversal and Comcast
•Partner with International Studios production companies and functional leaders including Business & Legal Affairs, Format Sales, Brand Management and HR.
•Lead the finance community across International Studios, coaching and developing the finance team (20+ people)
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
•Significant and relevant senior financial management experience coupled with exceptional track record in partnering with business teams to drive results
•Strong analytical and FP&A ability, experience in providing a strategic vision
•Proven finance business partner with the ability to guide and counsel on a wide variety of P&L initiatives and priorities
•High level of personal standard and professional ethics
•Proven leader with the ability to manage and motivate a global team
•Excellent influencing and communication skills
•Exceptional execution focus with the ability to multi-task and lead wide ranging business initiatives. Strong project management skills
•Track record of simplifying financial reporting processes including the ability to implement new systems
•Proactive and solution focused with high attention to detail
•TV Production, Media and relevant industry experience is preferable
•Exposure to international markets
•Ability to work in a fast, dynamic environment and manage competing priorities
•MBA or Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field
•All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove they are eligible to work in the United Kingdom
The responsibilities associated with this position are not limited to the above description and may be modified at any time by the Company.
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