Director, Planning & Reporting

London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
14 Dec 2017
13 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full time, Permanent

To support the Planning & Reporting Team, Europe & Africa with the delivery of timely, accurate and reliable actual financial information and comprehensive planning and analysis to aid management decision making.    Responsibilities 

  • Managing the collection of financial information from the businesses within FNG Europe and Africa
  • Consolidation of monthly USGAAP financial statements, quarterly forecast and annual budget financial reporting in parallel with corporate requirements
  • Assisting with the review of P&L, cashflow, balance sheet and supplementary submissions (e.g. DSO reporting, Foreign Exchange analysis, programming masterfile)
  • Monitoring and analysing results of monthly actuals, quarterly forecast & annual budget
  • Ensuring consistency and integrity between P&L, Balance Sheet and Cashflows
  • Making a proactive contribution to progressively improve reporting speed and quality to all stakeholders
  • Working with Europe & Africa local finance teams to ensure consistent and accurate reporting in compliance with Group policies, local and US GAAP
  • Supporting Europe & Africa local finance teams with Peoplesoft to ensure effective utilisation of the system by all teams
  • Assisting with the supervision of Europe & Africa shared accounting & reporting function for National Geographic channels and Poland, Russia, Greece Fox channels
  • Promoting a robust control environment across the Europe & Africa region
  • Providing input into the development of financial policies and procedures.
  • Supporting the monthly recharge process of European Regional costs to all territories within the region
  • Monitoring local statutory reporting requirements and tracking status of filings and local audit processes.
  • Coordinating with local finance teams to verify US GAAP to Stat adjustments
  • Collaborating with Director, Tax on any Europe & Africa tax matters and providing support with the collection of financial information as required
  • Assisting with establishing and maintaining planning and reporting processes in respect of new lines of business (e.g. Fox +, National Geographic Partners)
  • Assisting with the set-up of a new European branch to handle European recharges, including processing of operational transactions and co-ordination of AP & AR
  • Supporting VP, Planning & Reporting with supplementary analysis and ad hoc requests from FNG Europe & Africa regional management, FNG Home Office (LA) and 21st Century Fox (New York)
  • Ad hoc as required with other projects in Europe & Africa




  • Qualified Accountant with at least seven years PQE
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate clearly with a range of people across countries
  • Strong organisational skills, with experience of managing multiple deadlines
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure
  • Excellent team player, who consistently displays a positive attitude
  • Proactive, with quick understanding of the business model 
  • Proven track record and fast learner
  • Commercially astute and highly numerate
  • Financial reporting experience in a multi-site, multi-currency business
  • IT literate with strong Excel skills and accounting systems knowledge
  • Use of Hyperion reporting systems desirable