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Director, Finance Business Partner

New York City, New York, United States
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
Permanent - Full Time

New York, US, 10036

BBCS Americas Inc
Job Closing Date: 08/12/2023
BBC Studios

Bold. British. Creative: that's BBC Studios. Combining the strengths of the UK's most-awarded production company with a world-class distributor, we fund, create, distribute and commercialize world-class content for the BBC and other UK and international companies. Our aim is to inspire audiences around the globe with quality content that informs, educates and entertains and to strengthen the BBC, our partners and wider industry both creatively and financially. We seek to be the best British content company in the world; a first-choice partner and employer, where everyone can flourish and do their best work.

Job Purpose

The Director of Commercial Finance, Americas will support the Head of Finance, Americas in understanding and shaping the financial performance of the region. Specific areas of focus for this role include BBC joint ventures, branded services channels, World News distribution and cost analyses. Working alongside key decision makers, providing informed insight and challenge to business decisions thereby influencing and shaping financial plans, future direction and choices through the provision of high-quality financial analysis and business acumen.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Business Partnering and Relationships:

Deliver effective financial management, control and advisory support to optimize business performance.
Help to solve high profile business problems and progress transformational projects.
Work closely with and influence senior management to drive business performance by providing objective advice, insight and challenge, effectively acting as a catalyst for change.
Promote and share finance best practices across the region and the Group.
Participate in the development of the overall BBC Studios financial strategy to ensure long-term financial position is accurately modelled and forecast.
Ensure effective governance, risk management and internal compliance processes and controls are in place, taking into account local laws, for example Canada & Mexico.
Develop and maintain excellent relationships with all relevant stakeholders including external partners such as AMC, Britbox and Blue Ant.
Analyze and track forecasting and reporting of Global Distribution costs.
Facilitate self-development by identifying and meeting own skill development needs.
Support and develop a best-in-class finance function including indirect reports.
Facilitate a collaborative working environment by sharing information and collaboration on decision making across the Americas region, Global Distribution and Group Finance.
Provide initial advice regarding accounting treatments under IFRS and liaise with the Group Finance team if further guidance is required.

Budget & Forecasting:

Review and challenge branded services forecasts, providing financial advice on a range of issues. Challenge actual or potential variations to budgets.
Ensure that financial activities are managed in accordance with the business strategy ensuring value for money.
Drive business area decision making, strategy and performance using appropriate financial analysis and guidance.
Provide input, carry out business reviews and develop strategies for business area and divisional budgeting, forecasting and Long Term Plans.
Work with Group and Central Finance functions to ensure compliance with accounting treatment, internal policies and consistent reporting.

Business Performance and Review:

Evaluate and appraise large and complex investments, capital expenditures and financing projects.
Build business models for bespoke or unique business requests.
Co-author required governance papers for approval Boards at Regional and Group level.
Provide unique insight and strategic advice to regional and business area leadership, by increasing their knowledge of operational issues to maximize sales and profit
Attend and represent BBC Studios Americas finance interests at external meetings.
Review Board Papers for external business interests such as Britbox, BBC America and other potential ventures.
Attend the monthly business review meetings and provide feedback/insight.
Attend divisional team meetings and business updates/leadership meetings
Assist in the preparation of Quarterly Performance Review (QPR) and other presentations.
Present on financial results, business cases and other matters to various audiences as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

8+ years of professional experience
Strong accounting and finance background with a recognized accounting qualification (CPA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent)
Experience of working in media sector; as part of an overseas subsidiary or being part of a group company environment would be an advantage.
Knowledge of SAP (S4 Hana), BPC, Analysis for Office
Able to develop and manage relatively complex Excel models and analyses; effective in Word and PowerPoint
Strong working knowledge of IFRS
Strong technical and organizational ability paired with a commitment to being a team-player who can operate with intelligence and tact
Able to build and maintain strong relationships and strategic partnerships across the BBC and with external stakeholders
Excellent communication and presentation skills, including the ability to influence, persuade and shape optimal decision-making; demonstrates resolve, calmness and poise as necessary
Able to act objectively and understand, analyze and simplify complex problems and processes, and construct frameworks for problem solving
Shows initiative and originates action; ability to work under pressure and deliver a quality product within agreed timeframes; reliable, proactive, imaginative, responsible
Adaptable, commercial, creative, high energy
Ability to maintain a positive attitude and juggle tasks while supporting numerous stakeholders


The anticipated annual base salary for this position is $110,000 to $155,000 with a 15% company bonus. This range does not include bonus compensation or other benefits that an individual may be eligible for. The actual base salary offered depends on the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and geographic location of the position.
This range is not inclusive of a competitive bonus, flexible, hybrid working schedule & benefits including but not limited to: 100% BBCS covered medical & dental insurance, vision, & 401k match.

Benefits and Perks

100% Employer-Paid Medical and Dental Insurance (PPO plans)
Generous Paid Time Off
Flexible, Hybrid Working Arrangements
Work/life balance
Free Retirement Consulting to All Employees
Pet Insurance
Commuter Benefits
Gym Reimbursement
Bagel Mondays, Thirsty Thursdays, and more!
About BBC Studios

We don't focus simply on what we do - we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC - whether that's to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.


This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.

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