Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a world class strategic finance leader to join our award-winning video game company in Irvine, California. Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer and publishing of entertainment software. Its games are consistently in the top of its category, including World of Warcraft®, Overwatch™, Diablo®, Hearthstone®, and StarCraft® franchises, each of which have received Game of the Year awards.
Successful business leaders at Blizzard need a unique mix of quantitative and qualitative capabilities. The same levels of innovation and craftmanship that our creative teams bring to areas like design and art, we expect from our Finance leaders in strategy, product passion, and financial rigor.
The Finance & Strategy Director is expected to oversee a help drive sustained revenue and margin growth for a responsible game via strategic financial and business initiatives. This requires a unique combination of data-driven thinking to identify strategic opportunities, the creativity and passion to execute in player-centric ways, and the collaboration and influence skills to align with other passionate and invested teams.
This person will have two main dimensions of responsibilities:
Support game franchise’s major planning cycles, including Annual Operating Plan and Long Range Plan that focuses on growth and profitability
Be a strong financial steward for the responsible game, overseeing cost management and budget development from production resourcing to marketing spend
Lead strategic and financial analysis to identify opportunities to drive top and bottom line growth for the franchise. Partner with cross-functional teams to execute and report KPIs to execs
Be an expert resource on industry business practices in the genre of the franchise, including business models/performance, live services strategy, and product pipelines.
Propose in and out of game initiatives to drive engagement, retention, and monetization; work with analytics to report out on performance
Increase the repeatability of our successes by sharing best practices and lessons learned with other game teams
The successful candidate must have the experience to drive the financial success of a complex, high growth AAA franchise. In addition, they will possess absolute integrity. Aligned with the cultural values and business focus of Blizzard Entertainment and the broader Activision Blizzard family, qualified candidates must demonstrate the following traits:
Passion for and in-depth knowledge of Blizzard. Knowledge of the video game industry, especially in mobile games with strong live services
6+ years of business management experiences, including 3+ years of experiences in top tier management consulting, investment banking, or product management
Excellent problem-solving skills, written and oral communications, team collaboration, adaptability to change, and analytical capabilities
Excellent interpersonal skills to manage complex projects with diverse stakeholders
Deep knowledge in the key performance metrics that drive game performance. Proven records of driving innovative initiatives to generate positive revenue growth
MBA or equivalent professional experience
Prior industry experience in gaming, consumer software, or entertainment. Prior functional experience in finance, strategy, or product management