General information

Agency: Initiative

Job Function: Finance and Accounting

Location: Los Angeles, United States

Job Ref#: 6636

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

Initiative is looking for a dynamic, experienced Finance Director to lead the monthly billing process for one of the agency’s largest clients. 

Key Responsibilities

·         Responsible for billing and accrual processes for US and Global markets

·         Main client contact for billing and accrual inquiries

·         Work closely with global markets to understand local billing laws

·         Ensure workflow procedures and monitors are in place to review and identify potential issues

·         Review monthly billing packages for adherence to established processes and for accuracy

·         Communicate with multiple client contacts across a number global markets and departments

·         Work closely with internal media team and with Shared Services group on client billing activity  

·         Assist in managing accounts payable and accounts receivable

·         Assist in all client finance related needs including client audits

·         Partner with other business units and help to manage the overall client relationship

·         Manage and develop finance staff

Desired Skills & Experience

·         Bachelor's degree required in finance or accounting  

·         At least 7 years of related experience

·         Media or Advertising experience highly preferred

·         Experience interacting regularly with executives and senior managers involving complex situations, difficult decisions, or influencing and persuading other managers and peers

·         Strong international billing and operational experience

·         Knowledge of Mediaocean or similar media buying system preferred

·         Strong Excel skills, including pivot tables, V-Lookups, etc.  

·         Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

·         Ability to work well under pressure and in an environment of change

·         Demonstrate ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously

Employment Transparency

It is the policy of Mediabrands, division of the Interpublic group, to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

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About Us

Initiative is different to other media agencies.
We are not trapped by a legacy structure primarily centered on paid advertising. Instead, we are liberated by a new world structure designed to deliver highly differentiated and highly effective communications strategies for our clients.
We are the world’s fastest growing media agency built upon the strongest strategic capability of any agency in the market. Core to this strategic proposition is the belief that the faster a brand can move through culture the more relevant it can become.
We call this Cultural Velocity ™.
Our process is designed to create ideas that move through culture through unique insight, market leading analytics and strategic media brilliance.
Our new world model is comprised of “craft centers” – Client Advice and Management, Strategy, Communications Design, Partnership and Culture, Insights & Analytics.