Manager, Finance and Business Operations

Blizzard Entertainment

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Job Title:

Manager, Finance and Business Operations

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R023241

Job Description:

Job Title: Manager, Finance and Business Operations

Department: Story & Franchise Development

Location: Irvine, CA

Your Mission

As a Manager, Finance and Business Operations you will be responsible for financial planning and analysis and operational analysis in partnership with executive leaders within SFD and collaborators in finance on the game franchise teams. The ideal candidate is a hands-on, strategic individual who relates well with all levels, has experience in accounting and financial analysis in the entertainment field, and is a natural leader and collaborator. Candidate must have advanced Excel modeling capabilities, understand basic accounting principles, value attention to detail, and possess a high proficiency in problem solving and analysis.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA.

What you offer:

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Lead business planning efforts with the preparation of quarterly and mid-quarter forecasts, annual budgets, cost trackers, and long-range plans.
  • Supervise and review production of monthly dashboard reports, providing regular updates on MTD, QTD, YTD, and pacing performance to management.
  • Prepare and present detailed franchise cost reports on a monthly and quarterly basis.
  • Prepare and submit monthly product allocations, capitalization, and journal entries.
  • Maintain and develop forecasting and modeling tools, and ensure the accuracy of information reported to partners across Blizzard Finance, Franchise Stakeholders, and SFD leaders.
  • Maintain or create controls required to ensure data integrity, and evaluate processes for opportunities to increase such integrity.
  • Responsible for detailed tracking of headcount movement and budget alignment.
  • Prepare various presentations and supporting materials for management.
  • Lead performance and professional development of two business analysts.
  • Help with ad-hoc and other special projects as required, including inquiries, research, reporting, cost estimates, or misc. analysis.

Minimum Requirements

Experience:

  • 5+ years in FP&A and/or accounting, preferably in a publicly traded company. Some accounting experience highly preferred.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in accounting, finance, or related areas
  • Strong competence in analyzing data and drawing actionable business insight.
  • Experience with Hyperion and Essbase
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and financial management tools
  • Excellent oral and written communication, and strong presentation skills

Key Attributes:

  • Highly organized and able to effectively handle contending priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • The highest standards of accuracy and attention to detail in a dynamic, multitasking environment.
  • Natural leader and collaborator, positive demeanor, flexible, reliable, teammate.
  • Experience supervising the work of other people

Extra Points:

  • Experience in video game, software, technology, animation, or entertainment industries.
  • Passion for video games and creative content.
  • Familiarity with Blizzard IPs

Your Platform

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via Battle.net®, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., 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 innovative 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 video game 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.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all the qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to accommodationrequests@activisionblizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $87,480.00 - $161,910.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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