Director of Production Finance

General Summary

The job’s primary purpose and overall scope of responsibility.



Company is seeking a Director of Production Finance to support film and television productions worldwide. The candidate will be focused on supporting the Production Finance line of business and Location Accounting technologies. The role requires a combination of strong technology background and business acumen in order to manage relationships between business and IT in day-to-day operations and delivery of IT services. The role will partner with the Production Finance senior leadership to understand the changing business needs and ensure that IT’s alignment to business objectives is achieved by working closely with the Divisional CIO’s and Regional CIO’s to translate business needs into IT demands and validating that the IT delivery meets the articulated needs. The position will perform program level project management activities and must be well versed in project management disciplines as well as experience with enterprise application system integration. This role will require a strong understanding of Production Accounting principles along with Location Accounting technologies and workflows. The candidate will be required to have an in-depth and cross functional understanding of core line of business processes and value-chain services, (i.e. Product Development, Title & Rights, Budgeting, Production Finance, Tax Incentives, SAP, & Cashflow)



Responsibilities include:


  • Primary liaison between IT and VP to CFO level customers in Motion Pictures and Television to determine IT demand and solution roadmap and manage the delivery of those technology solutions to meet the business strategy and support day-to-day operations.
  • Build relationship as a trusted business partner with key business executives and be focal point for delivery of IT services.
  • Own business driven IT programs & projects and management of their respective business cases, ensuring that they deliver business value.  Monitor, and review all project and program economics including costs, operational budgets, staffing requirements, resources, and risks.
  • Understanding of business process from Rights through Production, the systems that support those processes, and the master data management.
  • Initiate and facilitate communications between stakeholders, acting as a primary point of contact for defined groups.
  • Understand the data contained in each of the applications and work with collaborate with the divisional Business Intelligence team to provide automation, dashboarding and visualization capability to the business customers to streamline their operations and extract greater value from their data.
  • Establish and maintain a Production Finance program and act as a delivery manager
  • Assess current portfolio of applications used to manage this process to determine application retirement candidates, migration path, platform consolidation & strategy, integration both within the business units and to up & down stream systems.
  • Standardization opportunities between MPG & SPT, financial compliance (SOX & SAP)
  • Leveraging the enterprise’s IT organization, infrastructure and technology capabilities to deliver business results including solution design and platform selection.
  • Manage a team of project managers, business analysts and technical teams comprised of employees and service providers to drive and own the definition of business requirements
  • Identify and acquire new IT services for the business and own documentation of such for the IT Service Catalog
  • Manage demand for application development work and prioritize requests for application enhancements and new development across the business portfolio supported, working with the DCIO to manage demand across the Line of Business or region
  • Establish and monitor the service levels as developed and agreed in association with ADM Service Delivery Managers and Sr. Application Leads
  • Providing VIP support in conjunction with and on behalf of the Global Service Desk, acting as a point of escalation for incidents with high business impact



Key outputs include:

  • Business cases as required to support demand from the business
  • Greenlight documents
  • Business insights enabled through IT
  • Strategic and cyclical planning and budgeting for application set resource requirements
  • Performance reviews




Core Responsibilities

The job’s most important functions and responsibilities and percentage of time.



20 % 1. Strategic Planning - Participate in business and IT strategic planning; define IT needs of business units; help develop IT strategy and funding plans in alignment with business needs; promote innovative thinking and utilization of IT resources in the business.  Understand the workings and strategy of the business as well as current market trends.  Understand the strategy and direction of IT within SPE.


20 % 2. Demand Management – Represents the overall technology solution portfolio for a given business area. Oversees the quality and delivery of IT services in support of business expansion and business operations. Prioritizes requests and secures stakeholder support and funding.  Accountable for defining and initiation of projects through green lighting.


20 % 3. Customer Relationship Management – Manages customer expectations; resolve customer satisfaction issues; train and educate customers on the use of technology; ensure business unit is receiving appropriate and adequate levels of IT services; offer alternate solutions to customer problems (e.g. process changes); communicate IT goals, activities and accomplishments to the business.


20 % 4. Leadership, Staff Development and Financial Management – Provide direction and coaching to the IT staff.  Develop the staff to understand the business as well as the technology.  Develop and manage department and project budgets.  


20 % 5. Delivery Oversight – Initiates and provides oversight for application development projects that are delivered on time, within budget and containing the agreed upon functionality. Works closely & collaboratively with ADM and EIS towers to seamlessly insure high quality IT service delivery. Supports the proper implementation of appropriate compliance, security and controls as defined by SPE policy and governance.



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