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Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

Company: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: May 15, 2022

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Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

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R010210

Job Description:

Job Title: Finance Manager - Corporate FP&A

Reporting To: Finance Director - Cost Management Office

Department: Finance

Location: Santa Monica, CA; Irvine, CA

Your Platform

Activision Blizzard plays a centralized role in the creation of epic entertainment by supporting our interactive gaming brands and studios with a diverse range of career opportunities across corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Supply Chain. To learn more, check us out at www.activisionblizzard.com or on Twitter at @ATVI_AB.

Your Mission

The Finance Manager position on the Corporate FP&A team is a critical and highly visible role within the team that performs integrated companywide analysis and consolidation to support the Activision Blizzard executive leadership team, provides key inputs to external financial reporting and investor relations processes, and leads companywide planning and forecasting processes. Reporting to the Director, Cost Management Office, this role will partner with Corporate Support functions to support the company's strategic objectives while keeping costs predictable. The successful candidate will specifically demonstrate a strong aptitude for interpreting, analyzing, and communicating complex business issues, and identifying opportunities for improvement. Problem solving, prioritization, and attention to detail are critical.

The core functions of the role include supporting the Annual Operating Plan, Quarterly Forecast and Quarterly Close processes and ongoing partnership with various support function leaders to optimize efficiencies, while ensuring we are maintaining flexibility and supporting the strategic objectives of Activision Blizzard. Key outputs include preparation and analysis of c-suite and senior leader reporting packages, coordinating data-gathering across the organization, and assessing risk and opportunity ranges for initiatives and guidance.

This role will focus on supporting the IT and Information Security functions, and supporting other projects and functions as required.

Partnership with business stakeholders / ad hoc analysis for key operating decisions (25%)

Partner with functional business leaders in assessing investments, identifying opportunities for efficiency and executing organizational change

Report on status of projects and operations

Ensure alignment with strategy across a diverse operating environment

Annual Operating Plan (25%)

Work with stakeholders across the business and the regions to plan for expenditures in the year ahead

Create and present executive review materials that consolidate and communicate financial and operational strategy

Quarterly Forecast (40%) and intra-quarter trending

Support the coordination of forecast inputs from various regions and business units, including process management via ERP and spreadsheet-based data gathering and alignment of key assumptions and drivers

Prepare various analyses that drive business insight and frame financial risks and opportunities

Perform variance analysis, and ensure an environment of no surprises for senior leadership

Process improvement (10%)

Drive standardization and effective evolution of the company's Hyperion-based financial planning system to drive efficiencies and meet business needs

Help automate standard processes and reporting to reduce reporting burden and increase sophistication and capacity for analysis

Principal Working Relationships:

* Functional Business Leaders, such as CIO, CISO, and their direct reports
* Finance VPs (Corporate Planning, Cost Management)
* Direct report - Senior Financial Analyst

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

* Education: Bachelor's degree (Post MBA candidates are encouraged to apply)
* Prior Experience: Minimum of 4+ years of experience in Corporate FP&A role.
* General Financial Skills:
* Exceptional quantitative and financial modeling
* Ability to thrive and multitask in a rapidly evolving environment
* Self-starter - candidate needs to be self-directed and proactive
* Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills
* Top-notch organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills


* Hyperion/Essbase experience preferred

Pluses

* Experience in video game, software, technology or entertainment industries
* Real passion for video games or technology

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Candy Crush and Bubble Witch. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis. Reporting to the Director, Cost Management Office, this role will partner with Corporate Support functions to support the company's strategic objectives while keeping costs predictable. The core functions of the role include supporting the Annual Operating Plan, Quarterly Forecast and Quarterly Close processes and ongoing partnership with various support function leaders to optimize efficiencies, while ensuring we are maintaining flexibility and supporting the strategic objectives of Activision Blizzard. Key outputs include preparation and analysis of c-suite and senior leader reporting packages, coordinating data-gathering across the organization, and assessing risk and opportunity ranges for initiatives and guidance. This role will focus on supporting the IT and Information Security functions, and supporting other projects and functions as required. Partnership with business stakeholders / ad hoc analysis for key operating decisions (25%). Partner with functional business leaders in assessing investments, identifying opportunities for efficiency and executing organizational change. Report on status of projects and operations. Ensure alignment with strategy across a diverse operating environment. Work with stakeholders across the business and the regions to plan for expenditures in the year ahead. Create and present executive review materials that consolidate and communicate financial and operational strategy. Support the coordination of forecast inputs from various regions and business units, including process management via ERP and spreadsheet-based data gathering and alignment of key assumptions and drivers. Prepare various analyses that drive business insight and frame financial risks and opportunities. Perform variance analysis, and ensure an environment of no surprises for senior leadership. Drive standardization and effective evolution of the company's Hyperion-based financial planning system to drive efficiencies and meet business needs. Help automate standard processes and reporting to reduce reporting burden and increase sophistication and capacity for analysis . Functional Business Leaders, such as CIO, CISO, and their direct reports. reporting, presentation, strategy, financial skills, ad hoc analysis, stakeholders, flexibility, cost management, coordinating, senior leadership, communication, writing, improvement, organizational, self-starter, multitask, variance analysis, problem-solving skills, leader, hyperion, fp&a, leaders, strong communication, finance, communicate, essbase, business, finance manager, financial planning and analysis, process management, process improvement, financial modeling, operational strategy, insight, analytical, drive, attention to detail, and operations., self-directed, organizational change, financial planning, identifying opportunities, data gathering, proactive, assessing, erp, support, manager, problem solving, Manager - Financial Operations, Manager - Financial Systems, Financial Planning Manager, SAP Revenue Accounting & Reporting (RAR) - Manager (Finance), General Manager - Finance & Accounts Officer, SAP Fico - Manager (Finance), Program Manager - Finance, General Manager - Finance, SAP FICO - Senior Manager (Finance), Senior Finance Manager

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