• Director, Finance - Third Party Commercialization

    The Walt Disney CompanyGlendale, CA 91222

    Job #1472512121

  • Job Summary:

    From toys to apparel, books to games, and much more, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing (CPGP) brings our company's products, through stories and characters, to markets worldwide. With a portfolio of renowned franchises including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, 20CS, and National Geographic, our efforts to deliver innovative and experiential products, designed to entertain and inspire, are industry-leading and category shaping.

    The Director, Finance, Third Party Commercialization, reporting to the VP, Finance, Global Third Party Commercialization, leads financial planning and provides strategic and analytical guidance for the Marvel Third Party Commercialization team and the cross-franchise Softlines category leadership team to drive revenue growth.


    The Director, Finance - Third Party Commercialization will provide strategic insights and recommendations, business development direction, and financial planning and analysis for Marvel licensing, Softlines category initiatives, and additional franchise growth opportunities such as Avatar. Works closely with Global and North American senior management to drive business results and support the day-to-day operation of the business.

    Additional Responsibilities will include:

    • Lead, manage, and develop a team of financial analysts

    • Analyze business performance, including licensing royalty revenue from various perspectives and dimensions such as brands and franchises, product categories, licensees, consumer demographics, distribution channels, and market / industry analysis

    • Proactively identify and implement tools to improve business insights and efficiency

    • Monitor industry trends (i.e. media, retail, toys, consumables, softlines, games, consumer behavior) and interpret the strategic implications for the business

    • Conduct competitive/market research to support business initiatives and long-term strategic direction including leveraging insights from other business areas such as CIMA and retail analytics, as well as industry research sources

    • Formulate annual 5-Year Plan, annual budget and quarterly forecast, working closely with Third Party Commercialization and Finance teams

    • Support quarter-end closing regarding revenue recognition and accrual process with an emphasis on forecasting accuracy

    • Dive deeply into financial data, predict future financial trends, and proactively provide insights and financial advice to senior management

    • Develop presentation materials and supporting analysis for senior leadership team, with emphasis on "story-telling" as well as quantitative and qualitative insights

    • Lead or actively participate in various cross-functional projects for new business development, flexible business models, and global strategic business initiatives

    • Partner with key executives to research, model, and evaluate a variety of strategic projects and initiatives - present recommendations clearly to support executive decision making

    • Track and provide updates on new business initiatives across regions and franchises; develop and share best practices globally

    • Provide financial and strategic support to North America and Global deal negotiations including collaborating with regional finance and business teams

    Basic Qualifications:

    • Minimum of 7-10 years of work experience, ideally 3-5 years post-MBA

    • 1-2 years Director level experience preferred

    • Previous work experience in consulting / consumer products / finance / brand management

    • Strong understanding of the NA retail environment and evolution of retailing channels

    • Strong analytical/project skills, capable of leading and managing an array of initiatives from project initiation through final presentation

    • Experience with multi-national business operations

    • Ability to implement major initiatives in multi-national work environments, often with complex team structures

    • High-energy, self-motivated with a desire to excel in a demanding, entrepreneurial environment

    • Deliverable-focused, strong work ethic

    • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills

    • Able to communicate effectively with senior management

    Required Education

    • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Business Administration

    Preferred Education

    • MBA

    Job ID: 775105BR

    Location: Glendale,California

    Job Posting Company: Parks, Experiences and Products

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