Associate Director, Finance & Control

About AWAL

AWAL offers a modern approach to the traditional record company, providing artists all the resources and expertise of a global label, while allowing them to retain ownership and control of their music. With local offices around the world, AWAL’s services include global marketing and creative services, A&R, playlist and radio promotion, publicity, synch and brand partnerships, and access to real-time comprehensive music data and insights. 

With a mission to partner with independent artists to tell stories that shape culture, AWAL’s diverse roster ranges from rising artists to globally renowned acts, including Little Simz, JVKE, Laufey, deadmau5/kx5, Disclosure, Lil Peep, JPEGMAFIA, Maddie Zahm, Lauv, Young the Giant, SBTRKT, Jungle, mxmtoon, Tom Misch and more. AWAL also helped develop the careers of an impressive roster of alumni including Steve Lacy, Rex Orange County, FINNEAS, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, girl in red, Lizzy McAlpine, and Kim Petras, among others.  For further information on AWAL, please visit www.awal.com or connect on InstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.

As the Associate Director, Finance & Control will work with the Orchard’s Global Finance and Accounting teams on day-to-day activities, based in NY and London and with SME Accounting teams in other territories that AWAL operates in.

What you’ll do:

  • Management of the month end close process for AWAL and its subsidiaries, including full ownership of the income statement and balance sheet accounts and adherence to all documented SOX procedures.
  • Complete all monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements to SME Global finance, including identifying and investigating variances in financials to business plan and forecast, and analyzing trends as part of routine review of financials.
  • Work together with Sony Music’s Global Finance and Accounting teams to ensure compliance with SME’s accounting guidelines.
  • Work closely with Sony’s Global Tax group to ensure global tax compliance, including implementation of transfer pricing policies, Withholding tax compliance, local VAT reporting, inter-company agreements, etc.
  • Business partner to AWAL’s Legal/BA team to ensure correct accounting treatment applied to all Orchard agreements.
  • Support in preparation of the AWAL’s annual business plan.
  • Supervise and prepare information requested by SME’s external and internal auditors for all in scope financial accounts.
  • Work closely with The Orchard’s technology team in analyzing technology spend vs. business plan and forecast
  • Help prepare outputs of financial information for management review.
  • Support Orchard’s international finance teams in completion of local statutory reporting requirements.
  • Lead the accounting integration and monitoring of newly acquired subsidiaries and new business initiatives as well as supporting other ad hoc projects.
  • Collaborate with SME International Finance teams on joint Orchard / SME initiatives.
  • Review all the accounting and business processes, identify the control gaps and its remediation.
  • Review and establish credit control process for AWAL in line with SME policy.

Who you are:

  • Minimum 8 to 10 years of business experience in financial analysis or accounting roles
  • People management experience a must.
  • Experienced in accounting for multiple entities, consolidation, and inter-company transactions.
  • Entertainment / music industry experience a plus, with an interest in music being ideal
  • Experience in a digital finance area appreciated.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Finance, Accounting, or relevant field. CPA required
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word, PowerPoint, etc)
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Track record of analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to productively work in team settings, including being receptive, open minded and objective when encountering diverse points of view
  • Must set high standards of performance for oneself, strive for distinction in all tasks and exhibit sense of pride in work product
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate externally with partners and internally with stakeholders across all departments
  • Strong people management and motivation skills
  • Well organized, detail oriented with ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines while managing multiple concurrent tasks.

 

What we give you:

  • You join an inclusive, collaborative and global community where you have the opportunity to fuel the creative journey
  • A modern office environment designed to foster productivity, creativity, and teamwork
  • Our Hybrid with Flexibility approach combines the flexibility of remote working with the benefits of in-person collaboration whenever we need to come together to do our best work. Managers will partner with their teams and employees to establish work arrangements that meet the business, team, and individual needs.
  • An attractive and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & disability coverage, and 401K + employer matching
  • Voluntary benefits like company-paid identity theft protection and resources for pets, mental health and meditation resources, industry-leading fertility coverage, fully paid leave for childbirth or bonding, fully paid leave for caregivers, programs for loved ones with developmental disabilities and neurodiversity, subsidized back-up child and elder care, and reimbursement for adoption, surrogacy, tuition and student loans
  • We invest in your professional growth & development
  • Time off for a winter recess

Sony Music is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran or military status, marital and civil partnership/union status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

The anticipated annual base salary does not include any other compensation components or other benefits that an individual may be eligible for.  The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.

California Pay Range

$90,000—$120,000 USD

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