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ViacomCBS Head of Finance VIS UK in LONDON, United Kingdom







Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK), produces nearly 125 hours of television each year for Channel 5, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Comedy Central and Viacom.

We also pitch to the wider UK market, building relationships with and creating ideas for all major broadcasters. We have also invested in one independent production company (Uplands TV), providing them with management and operational support, including finance.

To date, we have primarily focussed on non-scripted programming, largely in factual, entertainment, comedy and reality. However, we are now gearing up for a significant push into the scripted genres, and are already producing our first major children’s drama, ‘Goldie’s Oldies’.

With this in mind, we are now looking to hire an experienced Head of Production Finance to help us ensure our systems are fit for purpose in all genres, that they comply with all Viacom’s and statutory requirements, and that the financial support we give to our programmes is of the highest standard.


Direct report to the General Manager, VIS UK (but working closely also with Viacom’s senior finance teams) and currently managing three people (two Production Accountants and one Finance Administrator) plus freelance roles hired as required, this role will provide financial and Production Accounting support to ensure the smooth running of VIS UK and Uplands TV.

VIS UK has expanded significantly over the last couple of years, and is looking for someone who can lead on all aspects of the financial management of the company. We’ll be looking to appoint someone who isn’t afraid of leading and delivering change, and who has experience of handling a high volume of simultaneous projects in a range of genres (knowledge of scripted and non-scripted programming is a definite plus).

This role will support the wider business, with accurate reporting and analysis a key priority.

There are likely to be opportunities over time for career development as VIS UK continues to grow.

Key aspects of the role will include:

  • Analysis of data and numbers to help support strategic decision making

  • Optimal management of Production budgets to help drive profit growth

  • Close working relationships with the Head of Production and all the production teams

  • Tracking Development and Operational / Admin spends against budget

  • Review and preparation of final (and monthly) cost reports, per programme

  • Ensuring VIS UK is up to date with Viacom’s finance policies – T+E, taxis, credit cards etc

  • Managing the Freelance invoice process, ensuring all hires are paid accurately and on time

  • Overseeing the process of managing cash, and cash floats

  • Reconciling monthly to the Management accounts

  • Setting up and management of Production Accounting systems and Excel spreadsheets

  • Planning and preparing tax credit applications, and advising on tax break opportunities

  • Improving production and operational efficiencies, and implementing process improvements (knowledge of PMI (or similar), including the implementation of such software would be an advantage)

  • Compliance with SOX, DOA, Viacom policies and procedures, including maintenance of strong internal controls (e.g. cash management)

  • Ad hoc tasks and projects as required by VIS UK and the independent company we support

  • Managing an initial team of 3, and helping to identify and hire future roles as required

The independent company support requires similar support but is standalone. You’ll need to be able to:

  • Work with the GM (VIS UK) and the company MDs to agree financial policies and procedures

  • Set up cash flow, forecast and budgets for 3/5YP

  • Work with your team to prepare accurate numbers for regular management and Board meetings

  • Complete and submit regular VAT returns, monthly management accounts and cash flow forecasts

  • Lead on all aspects of pension enrolment, including management of the agreed process

  • Royalty reporting, where required

  • Review of programme margins and production efficiencies with the company MDs and HOPs

  • Lead on the preparation and provision of all necessary information in advance of annual audits

  • Lead on bank production finance, if needed for any cost of money commissions or deals


  • Qualified ACA/CIMA/ACCA, or with significant evidence of QBE

  • Significant knowledge of the TV Production industry, preferably in both scripted and non-scripted

  • Experience at the relevant level, including management of a team in a TV production company

  • Excellent MS office skills, including advanced skills in Excel

  • Demonstrated ability to pick up new accounting systems (eg SAP) and preferably experience thereof

  • Experience of working in a fast paced, high pressure environment

  • Experience of managing people, developing them over time as appropriate


  • An ability to delegate, manage and motivate team to achieve results

  • Displays confidence, tenacity and a pro-active attitude with excellent attention to detail

  • Good business acumen, analytical and commercially minded

  • Effective communicator, verbal and written, to both finance and non-finance staff

  • Ability to think on feet and work to tight deadlines

  • Good time management skills, with proven ability to prioritise tasks

  • Focused on deliverables, well organised and self-motivated

  • Follows ethical business practices, being honest, direct and treating all people with respect and fairness

This job description is a guide to the work you will be initially required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role. This spec summaries the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform.

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

Locations UK-LONDON

Posted Date 1 week ago (1/10/2020 4:00 AM)

Function Finance/Accounting/Tax

Brand ViacomCBS

Position Level Coordinator

Job Type Full-Time Staff