Production Accountant Job Description

Production Accountant Job Description

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Production accountant provides solutions to less hard problems presented and recommends changes to accounting system, methods or procedures to management, utilizing knowledge of accounting principles and practices.

Production Accountant Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Provide production accounting services for active shows during the pre-prep period for shows in post, including payroll, accounts payable, petty cash and p-cards, journal entries, and trial balance maintenance
Candidate shall have the ability to assist Manager in providing accurate and timely cost reporting on shows in post the requisite skills to research and analyze cost accounts, and to advise on cost reporting to other in-house assistant accountants if needed
Provide Manager with administrative and production finance support (such as banking, new show set-ups, software trouble-shooting, 1099 reconciliations, document storage/management program) and special projects as needed
Oversees the day-to-day accounting activities
Senior accountants may prepare and/or review complex entries and supporting documentation
Prepare/review account reconciliations, analysis, and certifications
Senior accountants will analyze, complete and communicate detailed variance analyses
Build, foster and maintain good working relationships with members of the Accounting Business Services group and its stakeholders
Analyze production and development expenses and record accruals as necessary
Work with Legal and Business Affairs and review production contracts to understand timing and amounts of milestone payments to ensure timely remittance for projects in production

Production Accountant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Production Accountant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CAPPA

Education for Production Accountant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the production accountant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Accounting, Finance, Education, Business, Associates, MBA, Communication, Finance/Accounting, Film, Economics

Skills for Production Accountant

Desired skills for production accountant include:

Excel and Mac
MS Word
Accounting principles
SAP
Union pay requirements
Accounting and auditing principles and practices
Comparable ERP system
Excel and Microsoft
Methods and equipment
Modern office practices

Desired experience for production accountant includes:

Communicate with Finance staff to validate show budgets, anticipated over runs and premiere dates
Gather supporting evidence for internal and external audits
Analyze residual expenses
Prepare quarterly schedule reporting and tax packages
Bachelors degree is required and a C.P.A
Three or more years Feature (or entertainment industry) production finance/accounting experience

Production Accountant Examples

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Production Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a production accountant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for production accountant
  • Working with the accounts payable clerk to ensure weekly BACS runs cover all necessary suppliers
  • Track ongoing variances to pre-estimates, cost estimates and actuals
  • Analyze and forecast future costs
  • Create annual budget to be used for discussion and analysis
  • Create and manage below-the-line journal entries in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements
  • Prepare, analyze and distribute up-to-date job cost reports for digital content productions
  • Managing production job inventories
  • Analysis and amortization of digital revenue and production cost inventories
  • Responsible for up to 3 TV Series
  • Updates Costs for Direct-to-Video’s, Commercials and Misc
Qualifications for production accountant
  • Bachelor’s degree is required and an accounting designation is encouraged
  • Production finance/accounting experience an asset
  • An energetic, resourceful, and hands-on individual with a strong service orientation and a willingness to learn
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years accounting and/or training of related finance experience in the Entertainment Industry (Visual Effects, Film, Games, and/or Interactive Media) are required
  • Must be able to track separate parallel projects under one umbrella
  • Must have budgeting and estimating experience
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Production Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a production accountant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for production accountant
  • Work with overseas shared service function
  • Prepare bi-weekly production accounting reports for any in-house production
  • First point of contact for vendor payment inquiries
  • Review and research credit card coding and confirm all back up (receipts) are received with correct approvals
  • Handling all vendor creation, ensuring up-to-date W9 is on file and approving correct data entry on new vendors from production accountants
  • Update Costs for Direct-to-Video’s, Commercials and Misc
  • Submit detailed actual cost reports for above the line and below the line expenses with comments for assigned programs
  • Review overages for assigned programs – identify ATL/BTL classification
  • Prepare journal entries for the assigned programs
  • Process vendor invoices, check requests, purchase card, and petty cash reconciliation
Qualifications for production accountant
  • Must have excellent, detailed writing skills
  • Proficiency in computers and computer programs, budgeting, Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, (strong spreadsheet skills)
  • At least one (1) year experience working with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • A minimum of 5 years of accounting experience in a production or television programming environment
  • Candidate must have a comprehensive understanding of below-the-line sports production, live shows, studio shows, documentaries and reality shows
  • Candidate must be proactive and have outstanding multi-tasking and problem solving skills
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Production Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of production accountant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for production accountant
  • Oversee that product inventory is accounted for correctly
  • Assist in developing department goals and objectives
  • Manage production costs, budgets and financial records across all festivals
  • Maintain budgets by reporting expenses accumulated to ensure that allocated budgets are not exceeded
  • Implement Eclipse, and train employees on how to use this software package
  • Focus on cost control and real time management
  • Work on payments and purchase orders
  • Update the chart of accounts
  • Investigate and resolve open issues with payables, payroll
  • Reviewing, inputting and reconciling timesheet records
Qualifications for production accountant
  • Candidate must have experience with general ledger accounting systems
  • Candidate must have a comprehensive understanding of state labor and payroll guidelines
  • Accounting or Finance degree highly desired
  • Experience performing O&G production accounting and understanding of specific O&G terminology
  • Ability to interact with field personnel to discuss volume variances and other operational issues
  • 3-5 years of relevant accounting experience, entertainment/production preferred
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Production Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of production accountant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for production accountant
  • Setting up data for new hires and leavers in system
  • Entering and reconciling relocation expenses at the end of each month
  • Ensuring crew timesheets are completed and approved before inputting data
  • Managing reporting of staff Over Time and Time in Lieu
  • Assisting in the preparation of special project production cost reports as needed
  • Reconciling online book sales using Paypal
  • Maintaining relevant filing systems
  • Responsible for supplying and ensuring the quality of the financial master data
  • Ensure processes and systems are reliable, in order to secure the correctness of all financial output
  • Drives behavioral change by confronting business partners with the risks and financial impact of critical business decisions, providing fact based analytics around profitability, P&L, Doing so stimulates business partners to include risk control and financial factors and constituents that influence the decisions/priorities taken, thereby bringing improvements to the business
Qualifications for production accountant
  • Must be able to demonstrate high level of competency when it comes to use of production accounting and finance systems
  • Minimum 2 years previous accounting experience required
  • 1 year previous TV production accounting or animation accounting background strongly preferred
  • Must have understanding of foreign exchange calculations
  • Nissho Boki 2/ CPA
  • Three or more years Feature (or entertainment/advertising industries) production finance/accounting experience
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Production Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of production accountant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for production accountant
  • Ensures the soundness of control, compliance and, particularly, risk management as related to core business processes and decisions
  • Examines plans and processes in order to improve, adapt and drive execution
  • Creates constructive tension between Finance and the business/functions through healthy friction and challenging business partners on critical decisions
  • Motivates his/her team, leading to action plans that ensure follow-through and delivery
  • Gather required information to complete tax and/or royalty filing
  • Prepare AP uploads, journal entries and RVN batches associated with returns
  • Prepare monthly account reconciliations and amendments
  • Research and repair account issues
  • File conservation, severance, ad valorem, and withholding taxes royalties
  • Allocate sales volumes and value
Qualifications for production accountant
  • Must have knowledge of accounting best practices
  • Minimum one year experience in creative/design/production environment at TV Network, Cable or Agency
  • College degree in related field and/or comparable work experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in television/film production accounting
  • Must have knowledge of accounting software, PSL & Vista
  • Must have knowledge of budgeting software, Movie Magic Budgeting & Entertainment Partners Budgeting

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