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Senior Director – Finance

Aristocrat

This is a Full-time position in Las Vegas, NV posted November 23, 2021.

Job Posting Title Senior Director
– Finance

Summary

The mission of the role is to transform the Aristocrat Design and Development Finance team to become genuine business partners to the Gaming Design and Development teams.

Recent efficiency moves have streamlined internal reporting and instituted a nimble, key driver-based approach to planning and forecasting.

An opportunity exists to activate genuine business partnership further by aligning key team members even closer to their cross functional business partners and commercial teams.

The candidate will have a strong change orientation, strong leadership skills and be able to guide the use of data.

The company’s biggest asset is our Design and Development talent.

This role will be a strategic partner to the key leaders within the group, will ensure core financial processes for D&D are established and will provide reporting, analysis, forecasting and budgeting support to D&D and Global marketing across all departments.

What you’ll do

The role is both strategic and operational where the key outcomes are to:

  • Continue driving the budgeting and planning process to be key driver-based, balancing the continuous flow of risks and opportunities.
  • Maintain a multi-year financial forecast that interlocks the commercial priorities to a 3-year product development roadmap.

    Manage the portfolio to deliver Expense to Revenue targets.

  • Partner with key stakeholders in the evaluation of business cases for identified commercial opportunities.

    Work cross functionally to determine when key assumptions have changed, and further leadership dialogue is needed. 

  • Generate accurate and timely insights and trends on D&D spend and the related value generated.
  • Use data visualization tools to create dashboards to optimize understanding for non-financial creative leaders. 
  • Create a community of practice for D&D finance across the company, collaborating with Group Finance, Digital Finance and Cx Solutions Finance.

    Ensure data governance is well maintained.

    Ensure proper accounting rules are followed for capitalization of intangible assets, that capex is well controlled and balance sheet reconciliations are conducted monthly.

  • Bring best practices from the external environment to Aristocrat.

The outlook of the role is primarily internal , with the Chief Product Officer, Gaming and his leadership team as the primary business partners.

The role will guide senior leaders in the Design and Development community to prioritize their resources, identify choices and optimize their spending.

Will collaborate with Commercial Finance, the Land based Reporting Center of Excellence, Corporate Finance, and other Finance functional resources to deploy financial systems and processes within Aristocrat to meet business unit performance targets.

The role communicates with and utilises the resources and support available within Aristocrat in Tax, Treasury, Accounting Services, D&D Project Management and the broader Land based D&D Senior Management Team.

  • Responsible for Global Gaming Design and Development Spend across multiple time horizons: three-year roadmap, annual plan, LEs and monthly actuals.
  • Monitor spending by strategic investments, named functions and by key leader.

    Maintain performance dashboards and ROI models that monitor these investments.

    Foster the need for continuous improvement. 

  • Continue to drive collaboration with Commercial / Commercial Finance to increase executional excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Global HR to ensure our headcount and people costs are well understood.
  • Responsible for all Global D&D analysis to Senior Management and to Group Finance.

    Includes any additional Half Year and Year End reporting.

    The provision of insightful and timely information to Senior D&D Management is a critical responsibility of this role.

  • Partner with D&D stakeholders on planned and forecasted spend
  • Responsible for internal controls over D&D Finance.

    Includes liaising and coordinating with Group Risk & Audit on any internal audit assignments as well as measurement & monitoring of audit recommendations to ensure commitments are actioned.

  • Ensure investment decisions are strategically sound throughout their investment life-cycle:
    • Business case preparation including scenario modelling
    • Monitor deliverables throughout the life cycle, preparing adjusted business cases when required. 
    • Work closely with:
      • Product management (hardware, software, Class III, Class II) to assess requirements and timing of investment spend.
      • Content studios to understand standard game costs, develop studio performance dashboards and provide game title trends and insights.
      • Commercial Finance teams to ensure entire P&L picture (i.e.

        revenue and costs) collated, monitored and tracked on all projects. 

      • Project governance team and relevant project and program managers on the above to ensure accurate and timely tracking of costs and schedules
  • Facilitate the agenda and content of the Gaming Investment Committee.

    Ensure all investment decisions are supported by intellectually rigorous business cases.

  • Lead an extended team of eight.

    Two direct reports: Financial Manager FP&A with 2 Senior Financial Analysts, and Analyst and a Staff Accountant as direct reports, and a Senior Manager Decision Support with a Analyst as a direct report.

    And a collaboration relationship with the India Finance Director, who has two Financial Managers directly supporting D&D.

  • Provide strategic guidance for the multi-year strategy for the India site and other offshoring strategies.
  • Maintenance of Finance Risk register and responsible for developing mitigating controls for all known risks.
  • Any other ad hoc projects as they arise.

What we’re looking for

  • Prior experience in leading change with a focus on business partnership
  • Prior experience with a consolidation software and an understanding of data analytics and visualization tool capabilities.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in Financial / Accounting roles.
  • Strong people leadership experience.
  • Experience in managing multiple stakeholders, across multiple (including global) locations.

    Must have worked in large, multi-layered organizations.

  • Excellent business acumen, with the ability to lead discussions with executives to obtain key decisions.
  • Excellent change management skills, with the ability to work effectively in a fast-moving, dynamic matrixed environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    Detail/deadline orientated with effective organizational, analytical and documentation skills.

  • Effective problem solving, process improvement and analytical skills. 

Why Aristocrat?

  • World Leader in Gaming Entertainment

  • Robust benefits package

  • Global career opportunities

Our Values

  • All about the Player
  • Talent Unleashed
  • Collective Brilliance
  • Good Business Good Citizen

The US based roles may require registration with the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and/or other gaming jurisdictions in which we operate.