The Walt Disney Company Finance Manager - Studio EMEA in London, United Kingdom

Finance Manager – Studio EMEA

1 year FTC

Job Description

The Walt Disney Company has redefined the boundaries of creative excellence with world-class movies. Through Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Disney•Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFIlm - we share inspiring stories with people all over the world.

We are seeking a Finance Manager to join our Studios finance team based in Hammersmith on a temporary basis.

The Finance Manager will take a lead role in supporting the delivery of EMEA Studio objectives, leading the financial planning, reporting and analysis for Motion Pictures in various markets across EMEA.

Responsibilities : Responsibilities

  • Prepare quarterly forecasts and quarterly actuals incorporating agreed processes to capture all the elements of the WDSMP business pre and post release, all the while ensuring appropriate communications with the local sales team and the local finance team to align understanding of the financials across these groups.

  • Revenue

  • Release date changes (phasing impact)

  • Marketing & Basics

  • Dubbing

  • Print costs including VPFs

  • Other distribution costs e.g. IMAX Royalties

  • Become an expert in the various systems: Sparta, SAP and COGNOS.

  • Prepare quarterly forecasts decks for all markets

  • Participate in quarterly forecast and close calls with local Finance team and shared services and complete and share detailed analysis of variances

  • Completion of quarterly close accruals and all financial accounting postings required

  • Prepare Annual Operating Plan in conjunction with regional office guidance and local market input.

  • Ad hoc work as required.

  • Accountable to Senior Finance Manager, EMEA

  • Stakeholders include local finance teams, local studio sales teams, local studio marketing teams

  • Timely and accurate quarterly forecast /close deliverables/decks

  • To have a good in-depth understanding of Studio

Basic Qualifications :


  • Significant professional experience in financial planning and analysis

  • An advanced working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Power Point is required for the role and being comfortable with learning new systems – SAP, BW, SPARTA and COGNOS.

  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly.

  • Flexible, with the ability to stay focused under pressure and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Good data interpretation skills.

  • Strong communication skills both written and oral.

  • Proactive self-starter.

  • Knowledge of accounting and double entry useful.

  • Strong presentation skills – able to highlight key call outs

  • Attention to detail yet can also see the big picture

  • Ability to make decisions and implement them with diplomacy

  • Strong interest in filmed entertainment

  • Commercially focused with ability to apply marketing expertise appropriately.

Company Overview :

The Walt Disney Company has operated in the UK & Ireland for more than 75 years. Walt Disney himself had a great affinity for the UK and visited on over 20 occasions for both business and pleasure. London is the regional headquarters for Disney in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and there are more than 3,500 employees across the country in 11 offices.

Children and families experience Disney's magic in numerous ways – on Disney-branded TV channels, in our magical Disney Stores, on stage with the production of The Lion King, and of course in cinemas and retail outlets across the UK & Ireland.

Job ID: 593027BR

Location: London,United Kingdom

Job Posting Company: Direct-to-Consumer and International