Senior Manager - Accounting

Warner Bros Discovery Inc
Mar 07, 2024
Apr 27, 2024
Manager, Staff, Senior
Work Mode
Full Time
Organization Type
Every great story has a new beginning, and yours starts here.

Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery... the stuff dreams are made of.

Who We Are...

When we say, "the stuff dreams are made of," we're not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD's vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, the creators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what's next...

From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.

Overall Purpose of the Role

Summary of the role - main purpose for the existence of the role

Responsible for overall general accounting activities, record-to-report for DTC/HBO APAC.

Duties to include support and assist all accounting aspect relating to programming, original production, content licensing and reporting. As well as general ledger stewardship, month end close support, review of all financial statements and footnotes / disclosures.

Areas of Responsibility

Key elements (maximum suggested 6) and required results of the role.


Acquired Programming and Original Production
  • Review the computation of programming license fees
  • Review programming payments to studios
  • Review and post journal entries
  • Review/ resolve I/C variance
  • Review and ensure acquired programs and in-house/outsourced original production cost are timely and accurately recognized and amortized.
  • Review and ensure payments to studio and production house are processed timely and accurately.
  • Collaborate with production team to ensure productions comply with government funding requirements.
  • Review production cost reports and work in collaboration with the Production team, Production House and Government funding officers on Original Production matters.
  • Support government funding audit.
  • Ensure content licensing revenue and cost related to co-produced originals are accrued accurately and paid timely.
  • Review acquired programs and original production agreements and cost reports.

General Accounting
  • Oversee day-to-day accounting activities, include record-to-report activities for film cost recognition and amortization, subscription and content licensing revenue, intercompany transactions, OPEX, treasury activities, taxes, etc. of HBO APAC entities
  • Responsible and manage month end close processes and deliverables
  • Review of balance sheet reconciliations and quarterly balance sheet footnote disclosures
  • Maintain effective internal controls, ensuring controls are SOX compliant
  • Review month end, quarter end and annual internal and external reporting deliverables
  • Review monthly P&L and Balance Sheet flux explanation
  • Compute quarterly provisions for doubtful debt
  • Assist in transfer pricing calculations.
  • Manage intercompany transaction disputes and confirmation.
  • Manage stakeholder's enquiries.
  • Support internal and external audit request.
  • Work in collaboration with Finance, Business, LOB, GBS on cross divisional initiatives.

Staff Management
  • Develop staff into mature financial advisors with a customer service orientation toward Finance, LOB, and Business Unit groups with whom there is regular interaction

  • Drive and manage continuous process improvements and develop automation of daily/monthly standard tasks accounting processes and workflows.
  • Participate and support global transformation project to move from various legacy ERP systems into one consolidated system.
  • Make recommendations on process improvements and standardization to gain greater efficiency and effectiveness within the region.
  • Support S4 migration
  • Lead projects, include FX revaluation, Cadency reconciliation project

Areas of Accountability

Where applicable, provide information about the size of the organization managed, operating budget, revenue accountability, number of employees or other quantitative data pertinent to this position.
  • Oversee day-to-day accounting activities, include record-to-report activities for film cost recognition and amortization, subscription and content licensing revenue, intercompany transactions, OPEX, treasury activities, taxes, etc. of HBO APAC entities

Selection criteria

  • Fully qualified Accountant - CA/ CPA
  • Strong technical experience including experience of month end management accounting for revenue and cost
  • US GAAP reporting and SOX experience
  • Experience of multi-site and multi-currency reporting
  • Minimum -10 years of experience in accounting
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Fluent in English

  • Experience of leading teams through significant periods of change as well as steady state
  • Experience in Integrated finance applications/information systems e.g. SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle
  • Experience working with outsourced financial functions

Competency assessment

List the on-the-job behaviours a successful incumbent of this position must demonstrate. (Examples: Leadership,

Analytical Skills, Global Market Awareness, Communications)
  • Attention to detail, but also able to take a strategic view of data and highlight salient facts for discussion.
  • The ability to plan and prioritize workloads to meet deadlines as well as effective time management of workflow to meet accounting deadline.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and technical accounting skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with changing priorities, communicating changes in scope and schedule to all parties concerned.
  • Able to work under pressure / time constraints.
  • Proactivity - display strong initiative and ability to identify and rectify issues. Propose solution rather than come with problem.
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels of the business.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with all levels of personnel.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including possible overtime, when necessary.
  • Able to organize and schedule work effectively.
  • Service-oriented.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.

Additional Information

Travel to local teams on ad hoc basis. Management has the right to add or change duties and job requirements at any time.

How We Get Things Done...

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

The Legal Bits...

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