Studio Accounting Manager

May 02, 2024
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

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Studio Accounting Manager

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Job Description:

Job Title: Studio Accounting Manager

Reporting To: Bryan Clark, Senior Director Accounting Services

Department: Accounting

Location: Santa Monica, California

Your Mission

As a Manager of Studio Accounting you will play a critical role in the Activision Blizzard controller & accounting office as well as the worldwide Finance Team. Overall, the responsibility of this role is to (1) partner with compensation teams in order to lead the accounting for the company’s various bonus programs, including collaborating with the FP&A teams to ensure bonus expenses are forecasted properly, (2) partner with studio finance teams to administer capitalized software accounting policy to supervise and run capitalization of costs associated with games in development, and (3) ensure that we have aligned with all accounting requirements under US GAAP and global accounting policies as it relates to areas of responsibility. The role will also have the opportunity in the future to gain experience with the company’s revenue recognition and analysis. You will work closely to partner with the business units across the company to ensure a deep understanding of our business activities associated with games in-development, address accounting and finance related issues, and will have interaction insight to Business Unit leadership.

What you bring to the table

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for the review of various bonus program calculations and related accounting entries & reconciliations during fast paced monthly closes
  • Work closely with studio finance teams to lead end to end process for capitalization and amortization of costs associated with games in development, including internal reporting to Microsoft Corporate Accounting team
  • Supervise a studio accounting supervisor to ensure timely and accurate preparation of internal reporting results associated with the company’s bonus programs & capitalized software costs
  • Work in partnership with business units & finance teams to ensure accurate forecasting of bonus program expenses and capitalized software costs
  • Support internal and external audit process and requests as needed for areas of responsibility

Minimum Requirements


  • CPA with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Accounting
  • Minimum experience of 5 years with one of the Big 4 accounting firms and/or commercial experience at the Manager level
  • Strong Microsoft Excel Skills and ability to work with complex models
  • Experience in managing a team

Knowledge & Skills

  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinking with the ability to analyze financial results and relationships between accounts
  • Standout colleague with experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders to effectively get results
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Able to optimally handle and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Experience in software accounting

Key Attributes

  • Self motivated and eager to learn
  • Ability to problem tackle and collaborate with multiple team members
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines

Extra Points

  • Experience with Hyperion and Oracle

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovative worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as advised by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $87,480.00 - $161,910.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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