Head of Finance – TV Production

Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£65,000-75,000 (plus bens & bonus)
Posted
01 May 2014
Closes
01 Jun 2014
Ref
Sauce 21016EGA
Function
Finance
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

Working for the TV Production arm of an award winning International Media business, this is a fantastic opportunity for a qualified accountant with extensive people management and Television/Production experience.

Reporting into the Finance Director, this role will fully manage the Production Finance team, managing a team of up to 15 people, reviewing the accounts and reporting/submitting to Head Office.

This business is responsible for producing some of the worlds most innovative programmes across a multitude of genres which are viewed by millions both within the UK and Internationally.

The role is initially for 15 months as is a maternity contract.

The role:

  • Fully manage a team of up to 15 people including recruiting, training and development. These people include Production Accountants and Commercial Accountants;
  • Allocate suitable production accounting resource to all commissions;
  • Review and sign off all production budgets, ensuring appropriate recharges and margins are allowed for;
  • Liaise with Heads of Production and Production Execs to ensure future requirements are anticipated and issues dealt with;
  • Review all production cost reports;
  • Monthly review of % of completion, accuracy of recognition and supervision of monthly close. Analysis and review of movements and overhead recharges;
  • Ensure compliance with relevant accounting policies;
  • Responsible for authorising changes to the SAP Production Accounting system;
  • Review development spend and confirm decisions to capitalise or expense;
  • Ensure smooth and timely set up and close down of productions;
  • Review accuracy of accounting for DVD, Interactive, Mobile, VOD and digital production;
  • Assist with the half-year, interim and year end external audit and any internal audits;
  • Ad hoc analysis and projects;
  • Ensure SAP TB & Analysis and associated balance sheet breakdowns are prepared quarterly.

The person:

  • Preferably fully qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA or equivalent) with 5 years PQE;
  • Accounting experience gained within the TV/Production industry;
  • Strong and proven people/team management experience;
  • Production accounting experienced is preferred;
  • Excellent working knowledge pf the industry and environment;
  • Experience of SAP would be highly beneficial;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills;
  • Strong analytical and process orientated mind;
  • Strong background in accounting and audit, particularly UK GAAP & IFRS;
  • Experience of initiating change, and improving processes;
  • Possesses gravitas and can gain credibility with peers with ease;
  • Strong stakeholder management experience.