Head of Finance – TV Production

London (Central), London (Greater)
£65,000-75,000 (plus bens & bonus)
01 May 2014
01 Jun 2014
Sauce 21016EGA
Contract Type
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.

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