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The Walt Disney Company Senior Manager, Financial Systems in Tallahassee, Florida

At Disney Financial Systems, you will team with the best in the business to create and build in one of the most innovative teams in any industry. Uniquely positioned at the center of The Walt Disney Company, the forward-thinkers at Financial Systems constantly pursue new ideas and cutting-edge technologies to help The Walt Disney Company’s many businesses drive value, all the while gaining something valuable from the experience themselves. An opportunity exists to support this dynamic organization as a Senior Manager, Financial Systems in the Disney Financial Systems team within the Enterprise Financial Services organization.

The Senior Manager, Financial Systems, will be the strategic financial systems partner working with key finance and business stakeholders, process owners, technology partners to drive finance systems and process transformation that help re-imagine the way the organization manages its financial functions. This role will address specific functional issues / requirements that support Enterprise-wide and Segment-specific levels as well as global and local complexities. This includes evaluating business objectives and needs, current operational procedures and financial systems used to formulate and successfully execute the roadmap for finance and systems transformation into the future. This role will also lead medium to large projects in partnership with business clients including but not limited to new business integration, continuous improvements in systems and processes, and finance transformation initiatives that may include SAP data strategy and harmonization and S4/HANA planning. This role includes partnering with the businesses to gather requirements, manage overall testing of enterprise & segment initiatives and identifies segment specific impacts resulting from system changes/ enhancements. This partnership ensures projects are coordinated to complement each other and leverage synergies where possible.

The ideal candidate must have a strong accounting/finance and project management background. Have extensive experience in SAP and will operate as a subject matter expert for SAP ECC and/or S4/HANA and other financial systems. Financial system implementations at an Enterprise, Segment or Business Unit level is a plus. This candidate should be familiar with current best practices and new technological trends to be able to work with various teams to streamline existing processes. The candidate should have proven history of building and maintaining excellent client service relationships, interact and partner with all levels of management to help drive collaborative business decisions, strong leadership experience to direct and mentor teams to meet goals, excellent communication skills, work in a fast-paced environment, and adaptable to business priority changes with ease.

This person will report to the Director, Financial Systems for the DMED Controllership Hub.

Responsibilities :

Project Estimation

  • Facilitate scope definition, and high-level planning, discovery, and estimation workshops for projects with cross-functional teams

  • Quantify cost factors to deliver project deliverables including resources, project oversight, objective risk and related contingency

  • Document key assumptions and dependencies established through estimation activities

Project Planning

  • Create project schedule and communication plans

  • Ensure proactive scheduling of key deliverables, milestones and deliverable tasks

  • Establish project financial forecasts including resource plans and other expense plans

  • Develop the project plan and schedule with cross discipline functional leads

  • Ensure necessary steps and dependencies to deliver projects and components are established

  • Validate that scope can be completed within timeline and budget

Project Delivery

  • Lead functional projects, and single project tracks of large programs through full delivery life-cycle ensuring project is delivered on-time and on-budget

  • Manage resource assignment, budget, scheduling, and scope prioritization, and change control

  • Work with cross discipline team members to validate project assumptions and review project plans

  • Ensure proper documentation of scope of work

  • Serve as primary liaison among multiple teams, including DFS, Technology, vendors and key functional/business teams

  • Communicate regular updates to project and executive team on delivery progress, plan updates and budget spend and forecast, including status report updates, financial/budget/variance reports, and other reporting as required

  • Monitor adherence to schedule and milestone commitments

  • Escalate key issues and risks to ensure timely resolution and mitigation

  • Prevent scope creep, record causes of change, and facilitate change requests to ensure impacts to schedule or budget, as well as forecasts, are approved and communicated in a timely manner

  • Use metrics, including burn-down charts, to drive performance, efficiency and forecast improvements

  • Ensure proper project closure including lessons learned, transition and hand-off to ongoing maintenance support, and final financial reporting

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum of 10 years work experience with financial or accounting, preferably in a large SAP installation

  • Minimum 5 years of staff management experience

  • Experience working for large company and within a matrix organization

  • Experience in using SAP or other large scale ERP systems

  • Experience in S4/HANA usage or implementation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA or CMA license, or equivalent

  • PMP or other professional project management certification

  • Six Sigma certification

  • Experienced in using the Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)

  • Experience in using Business Intelligence reporting tools

Required Education :

Bachelor's Degree

Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Business, or a related field

Preferred Education :

Graduate Degree

Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems, or a related field (e.g., MAC, MBA, MIS),

Job ID: 921022BR

Location: ,Florida

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)

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