Business Planning Analyst

About the Employer

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play —it’s also the Best Place to Work. We’ve thrilled gamers since 1994, when we launched the original PlayStation. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment. The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Business Planning Analyst (Global Sales Forecasting)

San Mateo, CA

Content and Customer Services Engineering is a progressive software engineering team whose mission is to consistently deliver technology solutions that help make PlayStation the best place to work and the best place to publish games and digital content. Our engineering centers are distributed across London, Liverpool and Los Angeles.

The Global Store and Services team are part of a vibrant organization that manage both the transactional store and subscription businesses for PlayStation. GSS brings together staff from around the world, with a passion for engaging PlayStation gamers with relevant and entertaining content. This area of Sony Interactive Entertainment has seen significant growth in recent years to become a key revenue contributor and continues to evolve with the industry to create new business opportunities.

The GSS Business Planning team drives accountability for business results through empowering leadership with data & intelligence, implementing KPI frameworks linked to our goals, rigorous cost & margin management and accurate forecasting & planning. We are looking for individuals who are motivated by being part of a truly global team, working together at the forefront of digital content distribution.

Reporting to the Director, Business Planning the Analyst will be responsible for forecasting the digital store business. They will design and execute forecasting models that deliver business recommendations, identify risks/ opportunities and achieve forecast accuracy.

The ideal candidate has extensive gaming knowledge, is enthusiastic and collaborative; a team player with a strong analytical mind who is used to gaining buy-in from Senior leadership and thrives in a fast-paced commercial environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Able to build and articulate robust forecasting and financial models to gain buy in from stakeholders.
  • Build out 52 week forecast models for key titles, updating on a weekly basis with new information from the CLM team.
  • Able to interpret large volumes of sales data and identify key consumer trends.
  • Prepare materials and run CLM forecast alignment meetings.
  • Model key promotions and recommend titles that may be ready for promo based on their stage in their lifecycle.

Qualifications:

  • 4+ years’ experience in a highly commercial analyst or financial analyst role
  • Experience within or knowledge of the gaming industry.
  • Proven track record of using data to drive business decisions with strong analytical skills including the ability to structure problems for analysis, analyze the data, and provide actionable recommendations
  • Highly proficient using excel
  • Knowledge of BI reporting packages a plus (Microstrategy preferred)
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to articulate ideas and present complex analysis to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across different functions
  • Ability to self-manage and balance multiple projects and priorities
  • Ability to initiate and drive projects to completion with minimal guidance
  • Good Bachelor’s Degree

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, covered veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category.

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