1+ months

Sr Applications Engineer, Planning Apps

Warner Media Group
Burbank, CA 91502

The Job
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. seeks a Sr Applications Engineer, Planning Apps for the Enterprise Technology- Finance & Planning department. The position is responsible for the management of WB?s Business Unit-specific planning applications and client relationship management for Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis (FPA) group. This position is accountable for advising and partnering with clients around Financial Planning, leveraging best in class solutions to support business requirements, and providing subject matter expertise around the design/build/deployment/support of enterprise planning solutions.
The Daily

  • Manages the development of key strategic attributes for the client?s information technology strategy. Manages the financial analysis and forecasting for specific applications in the client?s portfolio with the overarching objective to optimize TCO. Assists in the development of project budgets including ROI substantiation.
  • Works with Clients to capture business requirements and participates in the development of Technology requirements, and lead application development related activities. Collaborates with cross-divisional technology teams to ensure that appropriate governance exists for all technology solutions.
  • Manages the performance of the internal WB resources and external service provider(s) as it relates to the support of the application portfolio, and/or projects for the supported client groups.  Provides the internal and external service provider(s) with prioritization for client change requests associated with the client?s portfolio.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to our Service Providers and WB team members regarding our planning portfolio (e.g. SAP, Adaptive):
    • Collaborate with WB?s Planning team members and Service Providers to provide guidance around key break fixes and enhancements
    • Provide best practices, strategic oversight, and thought leadership as the in-house Technical and Functional Subject Matter Expert regarding Financial Planning solutions
  • Manages vendor due diligence, analysis, procurement, acquisition and integration of complex software applications and systems including creation and approval of statement of works.
  • Responsible for the lifecycle management of client application portfolio from ideation to delivery and retirement of legacy solutions.

The Essentials

  • Bachelors degree in a field relevant to Financial systems (e.g. information technology, finance, accounting or equivalent experience) preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification a plus.
  • 10+ years of Information technology experience in a lead role overseeing a portfolio of applications across technical platforms (e.g. SAP, Oracle, Longview, Adaptive Insights).
  • 5+ years of management experience employees and onsite/offshore 3rd party resources.
  • Knowledge of Financial Planning and Reporting processes for the entertainment industry required.
  • Entertainment industry experience is highly desirable.
  • Expertise in one or more business units (e.g. Theatrical Distribution, Home Entertainment, Television Distribution, Games, Consumer Products, Corporate) is highly desirable.
  • 5+ years of experience in a lead project management role implementing Financial Planning and Reporting solutions.
  • Understanding of technical components required to support business processes, including effort estimates and resource management experience.
  • Experience planning and implementing changes to existing process and live productive applications.
  • Experience in team lead capacity with at least 3 full end-to-end life cycle implementation of a large Technology project in leadership roles.
  • Practical experience with application of software development life cycle with industry standard best practice methodologies.
  • Experience in the planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of Technology systems across multiple hardware and software platforms.
  • Experience in project and change management of major development or operations projects is required.
  • Experience with ERP and SaaS software.
  • Familiarity with data integration tools (ETLs, APIs) a plus.
  • Familiarity with data warehousing concepts a plus.
  • General knowledge of financial controls framework.
  • Management of Technology budget exceeding $1 Million.
  • Must have demonstrated success in a leadership role.
  • Knowledge of all SAP platforms required for planning:
    • Must have knowledge on recommending various front-end planning/reporting tools (Webi, Lumira Dashboard, Analysis for Office, Bex, Crystal, SAP Analytics Cloud, EPM/BPC) for different applications based on the business requirements.
    • Solid implementation experience on BW Planning Data flows/Models: Data sources, DSO, InfoCubes and Reports.
    • Define and promote enterprise architecture standards and strategies for SAP BW on HANA and SAP BW/4HANA.
    • Experience with multiple Data Visualization solutions Business Objects Cloud, AO, Webi, Lumira Design studio.
    • Extensive experience with HANA and ABAP Development.
  • Ability to develop information technology project plans to deliver high quality services at reasonable costs.
  • Understanding of application technology and associated solutions and strategies related to the client?s business to help them achieve their business goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of Business Unit Planning and Forecasting business processes, and ability to translate them into Technology requirements to satisfy financial and reporting obligations.
  • Ability to design and/or provide oversight on Financial Planning Systems (Master Data, Transactional Data, Dimensions, User Interfaces, Complex Financial Calculations, Reporting, Security).
  • Integration frameworks (e.g. middleware / transformation logic).
  • Ability to provide oversight and provide a framework on testing cycles for developers (Unit Testing, QA Testing, Regression Testing).
  • Data conversion concepts and impacts on new business processes.
  • Client deployment readiness concepts (e.g. business cutover).
  • Ability to provide technical expertise in Financial Planning solutions for internal WB reviews (i.e. SAP Tech Governance, Architecture Review Group).
  • Experience with complex data models concepts, standards & design.


Posted: 2020-06-09 Expires: 2020-08-08

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