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City and State: Los Angeles , CA
Job Description: Universal Music Group is currently seeking a Finance Manager for the West Los Angeles, CA office. Overview: This position is a true business partner for Universal Music Publishing’s Production Music division and Brentwood Benson Music Publishing. He/She responsible for planning and forecasting, oversight of reporting and financial analysis, for three major Production Music Libraries, as well as Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing (Christian repertoire), which are a part of the Universal Music Publishing Group. Responsibilities: • Oversee timely and accurate reporting for Production Music Library (UPPM) business units and Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing (BBMP). • Prepare schedules and provide detail for the month end close as necessary to Central Accounting Services to allow for accurate general ledger reporting, especially related to revenue received on a cash basis for reporting and on an invoiced basis where necessary for analysis of UPPM targets. • Review of general ledger activities, including journal entries and financial statements to verify accuracy and consistency with annual budget. Requires a thorough understanding of a variety of financial transactions and the ability to analyze transactions for proper accounting treatment • Develop and issue management reports using Music Books, Navision Account Schedules, J.D.Edwards general ledger and Hyperion corporate reporting to keep management apprised of results on a monthly basis. • Provide timely and accurate reporting, i.e. divisional P&L reports (including revenue by division, deal type and library), cash flow, balance sheet movements and other ad hoc requests. • Prepare commentaries of results versus budget, prior year and the latest forecast. • Prepare annual budget including evaluation of deal renewals and historical results. This will require a close working relationship with business unit management at all levels, and will include a plan presentation for company executives. • Prepare quarterly forecasts to provide corporate and financial management with a realistic estimate of full year financial results versus the budget and the previous forecast, including an explanation of significant changes. • Liaise with programming support in relation to enhancements specifically tailored to UPPM needs. • Maintain operational procedures which adequately address internal controls. This would include updating procedures as necessary and periodic testing to ensure operations are in compliance with established procedures. • Assist with internal and external audit requests for the business units. • Responsible for financial approval, as well as general ledger account coding guidance of UPPM expense reports and invoices. • Work in close cooperation with the accounts receivable and credit/billing staff. • (Co)-manage 2 financial analyst • Assume ownership of other responsibilities of the Publishing Group, as assigned. Requirements: • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Ability to work independently and/or in a team-oriented environment, including supervision of staff, and the ability to interact with other offices or business units to resolve questions, problems and/or requests for information • Strong analytical skills; ability to make decisions based on information provided and understand the ramifications of each decision. • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks. • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field with 3+ years of accounting or finance experience. • Proficient in Excel, Word and familiar with financial reporting software. • J.D. Edwards and Hyperion Enterprise experience is helpful but not required. • Complete understanding of on-line accounting systems. Additionally, requires a high degree of competence with computers to be able to upload and download information to and from the financial systems for additional manipulation. • Ability to work overtime and on weekends as required.
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