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MSG Sphere Studio

Burbank, California - United States
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Manager Production Finance


Who are we hiring?
MSG is looking for an experienced live-action Production Finance Manager, who is familiar with studio and location accounting, domestic and international tax-incentives, and visual effects. This role will be instrumental in providing accurate cost reporting, evaluating budgets for productions, and ensuring adherence to financial policies & procedures. The ideal candidate would demonstrate a thorough understanding of accounting for productions. This position will report to the Senior Director Finance but will partner closely with the Studios team, Producers, and members of the Accounting team. They will be instrumental in creating budgets, estimating final costs, evaluating risks and opportunities and optimizing production entity structure to best monetize production incentives and minimize financial and legal risk. A self starter who can work independently and take ownership.

What will you do?

  • Be the functional expert, demonstrating ownership of all daily, weekly, monthly aspects of production accounting, including vendor payments, petty cash, time cards, purchase card reconciliation, and fielding accounting related requests from production teams to provide and present clear, accurate and timely production planning scenarios and analysis to both Producers and cross functional teams during the life cycle of production.
  • Develop relationships with production, finance, and accounting teams to provide excellent, consistent support both in Burbank and New York City
  • Collaborate with Producers to quickly estimate and evaluate production health against milestones and data metrics.
  • Help create budget in software like Movie Magic Budgeting, to estimate the costs of future productions, and to help quantify and detail and finalize productiosn that go to camera.
  • Produce weekly reports showing Actual vs Budget Cash Flow
  • Adapt to changing scenarios, anticipate problems and recommend solutions. Review production related expenses; identify potential areas for budgetary risk and opportunity for process implementation and/or improvement.
  • Assit accounting with tax incentive opportunities that are available.
  • Colloborate with accounting to ensure proper accounting of all costs, record keeping is accurate and well documented, vetting invoices against contracts and deliverables to provide appropriate audit controls in accordance with GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Comply with all policies and procedures and assist operations and production with POs, invoices, checks, petty cash, and time card approvals
  • Work directly with payroll companies and systems (Cast&Crew and PSL) to track freelance labor
  • Design a process to keep track of multiple ongoing initiatives and provide regular financial updates as needed for month-end and quarter-end calculations of accruals
  • Generate sophisticated Excel modeling exercises and executive level reports as needed: Cause of change/variance analysis such as Impact/sensitivity analysis; Dynamic forecasting; generate Cash flow analysis and Trend analysis

What do you need to succeed?
  • BS in finance or accounting preferred
  • At least 5-7 years in a live action senior production accounting role
  • Experience with Production accounting and budgeting software and payroll providers
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced production environment, as well as within a broader corporate matrix environment.
  • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Superior communication skills and exceptional attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel on location or to corporate offices

Why is MSG for me?
With MSG Sphere, we are creating an entirely new medium that will deliver immersive entertainment experiences at an unparalleled scale. Beyond a venue, Sphere is a multi-sensory platform with experiential technology programming directly to your senses. You will see in ways never imagined, hear with every fiber of your being, and experience like never before. To deliver on this promise, we are building the largest immersive venue in the world, MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with a second Sphere venue planned for London, pending necessary approvals. In addition to building a breakthrough venue, we’re building a production studio team, a technology venture team, and a full commercial organization to make the MSG Sphere a world class brand and business for our fans, our artists, and our partners. We have offices and roles in Burbank CA, Las Vegas NV, New York, NY and London.

We focus on Career Development and Invest in YOU
At MSG, we recognize the importance of upskilling employees’ talents and strengths so they can drive their careers forward. We are proud to offer a robust set of tools and resources to help employees understand their interests and purpose, harness their talents and obtain the skills they need to reach the next step in their careers. Growth and longevity for our employees are top priorities here.

We value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds
At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law mandates, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations and will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required. #LI-KR1

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