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Laika Recruiting Production Accountant

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Production Accountant

Category: Accounting
Company: Laika
Location: Hillsboro (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

General Summary

The Production Accountant position plays an important role in the overall accountability of the project by providing budget and forecast information, project statements and cost analysis on a timely basis. In addition, the Production Accountant is responsible for integrating the specific production into the Studio’s corporate accounting and production accounting structure and policies. Primary duties include organizing, implementing, and performing all accounting activities as they relate to the assigned production. These activities primarily relate to purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, job cost reporting and forecasting, budget comparisons, and cash flow analysis. The Production Accountant assists project Producer with tracking and forecasting all costs and providing detailed cost information as needed. This individual will also generate and distribute periodic management updates reflecting production progress compared to target and provides analysis of deviations from budget.

Essential Role Functions

The Production Accountant will handle all show accounting for the day to day projects including all phases of financial reporting. The position is responsible to either perform or manage the following areas:

Project Cost Reporting

Prepare project to date actual, cost to complete projections, and corporate interface reports
Prepare budgets and weekly cost reports. This includes costs vs. expectations, departmental and individual artist productivity and cost effectiveness
Prepare budgets and weekly cost reports
Coordinate complex budget analysis by department to ensure that the film’s creative appetite does not exceed estimates
Prepare detailed monthly cash flows with variance reports for prior month projections
Equate show cost reports to weekly production progress reports per actual costs, commitments and schedule changes
Reconcile production costs to Corporate general ledger

Accounts Payable

Interface and negotiate with subcontractors to safeguard LAIKA’s financial and creative interests
Purchase order tracking
Acquire invoice approvals for payment
Audit and review all production expenditures to ensure the timely and efficient completion

Production Payroll

Audit and summarize production time cards
Coordinate bi-weekly payroll processing with corporate payroll
Coordinate time sensitive talent payroll payments with third party payroll company and collection of required documents with talent and union requirements
Labor tracking by employee and task
Audit and review all production expenditures to ensure the timely and efficient completion.

Other Areas of Responsibility

Audit and monitor the production schedule and production tracking systems, while integrating them into the financial management of the project
Interface with Production Management/Executives to develop planning and reporting strategies designed to improve production flows and efficiencies
Assist in tracking production progress against established quotas
Insure productions adherence to established corporate policies and procedures
Maintain adequate historical financial related production records
Collaborate with others for continued process improvement

Qualifications / Characteristics

Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience
At least three or more years related accounting experience in equivalent position(s)
Related production accounting experience (production accounting for long format and animation experience preferred) but open to CG, Special FX, Live-Action (preferably with some CG), or large episodic
Knowledge or experience working with Unions is preferred (specifically Screen Actors Guild)
Knowledgeable and technical in cost reporting, cash flows and budgeting, payroll; ideally, strong general accounting and entertainment reporting skills
A communication style that CLEARLY comes across as genuine and authentic; an individual who is comfortable with themselves and is consistent with their communication style; must be collaborative in their approach.
Tremendous sense of personal ownership; committed to the creative process, quality work products, and delivering results on time
Skilled in building trust with others through demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards and excellent proactive communications
Flexible and resourceful; “can-do attitude”; action oriented; focused and driven
An entrepreneurial spirit who can also work within the parameters of a large and growing organization
Well-organized; ability to prioritize and multi-task in a busy, dynamic, ever-changing environment; hands-on and purposeful
Strong communication manager able to keep colleagues, team members and other key players informed in a timely manner; demonstrated organizational skills with strong verbal and written communication skills

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