Manager, Production Finance at MotorTrend Group

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Machines that Move Us. 

People who Inspire Us.

Stories that Drive Us.

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About Us

We are MotorTrend.

With a monthly reach of more than 131 million, MTG is the largest automotive media company in the world. With franchises including MotorTrend, Hot Rod, Automobile, Wheeler Dealers, Roadkill, Best Driver’s Car, and dozens of other world-class brands, we are reimagining storytelling around mobility. Our portfolio brings together Discovery’s #1 TV network for automotive super fans, with our vast automotive digital platform that includes direct-to-consumer products, websites, apps, connected TVs, social, and live events.

Our People

The people who work at MotorTrend embody the passion of our content, and wake up every day intent on embracing, entertaining, and empowering the motoring world. 

The Role

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

The Manager, Production Finance (full-time, salaried, regular) is the point person for third-party production payroll and responsible for its accuracy and reconciliation to show budgets and finances.  As a member of the MotorTrend Studio team, this hands-on position must work with Producers and managers to ensure the accuracy of the third-party payroll vendor, including on and offboarding of production staff, research any discrepancies, auditing, corrections, and reconciliation review.  The Manager, Production Finance will work with various teams throughout to the Company to provide timely and accurate information.  Essential duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Serve as the main point of contact between the Company, production staff, and the third-party payroll vendor. Ensuring the relationship between all parties is productive and amiable.
  • Managing and reviewing production staff budget and payroll and ensuring payroll guidelines are met.
  • Ensuring all production staff are paid accurately by the third-party payroll vendor and per project budget.
  • Auditing department payroll on a weekly basis to ensure proper accounting for all shows.
  • Reviewing weekly payroll reports from the third-party payroll company and correcting any errors before report distribution.
  • Managing full-cycle pre-production staffing, not limited to setting up initial crew paperwork, onboarding, assigning crew to project/production, while ensuring all staff are compliantly onboarded and insured.
  • Provide actualization reports and running updated production schedules on a weekly basis and as needed.
  • Maintain accurate documents for each show, working with Producers and team on file management.
  • For each show episode, work with Producer to distribute final paid timecards for budget actuals and wrap.
  • Track, manage, and report any additional costs/expenses incurred by the Studio.
  • Report all production payroll discrepancies.
  • Assign, track, and ensure expense coding per episode is approved and accurate.
  • Ensure payroll procedures are adhered to and in a timely manner.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position may include supervising one or more employees where applicable. Supervisory responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide consistent training, support, and mentorship to team
  • Review and approve individual timecards (as needed) and time-off requests to ensure optimal staffing levels
  • Effective, fair, and consistent performance management
  • Fairly and consistently ensure compliance with company policies and procedures


  • 2+ years of prior experience in a similar role.
  • Experience in finance and accounting management.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Deep understanding of payroll, invoicing, and billing
  • Knowledgeable of industry standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills/scheduling
  • Ability to work high pressure situations and thrive
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude at all times

Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to sit for prolonged period of time and view computer screen.

Equipment/Software Used:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Third-party payroll software
  • Google suite

Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in an office environment that is well lit and ventilated.

NOTE: This position description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict any other tasks that may be assigned.

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Conveniently located off i-405, near LAX, Douglas Metro Green Line Station & the beach! Many walkable restaurant, café, drink, grocery & shop options.

An Insider's view of MotorTrend Group

What are some social events your company does?

We work hard and love to celebrate our diligence. We host wellness classes, caterings, have arcade machines and give back in our community. We go to Dodger's Stadium, K1 Speed, host movie nights, and get free access to MTG events. Summer time is the best time at MotorTrend! We have KidsDay, ice cream bars, pizza parties and end with a company BBQ.

Stephanie Rios

Human Resources Generalist

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

The essence of Motortrend’s culture lies in delivering value through teamwork & collaboration. We integrated Motortrend's platforms with a sophisticated backend platform called SONIC. The teams "Swarmed" together to solve complex problems as one. Open comms, approachable leaders & an “all hands on deck” attitude are the backbone to our success.

Uma Rao

Sr. Technical Program Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Every day our team wakes up ready to Embrace Entertain & Empower a motoring world. Embracing the Car-Nivore in all of us. Entertaining our 110 MM digital fans with addictive storytelling & experiences. Empowering MotorTrend families with over 70 yrs of street cred. MotorTrend is building a billion-dollar car company without building a single car.

Alex Wellen


What's something quirky about your company?

As an auto enthusiast, working at MotorTrend is the realization of a dream. Each day brings something new, from million dollar Pagani's to LowRiders & HotRods rolling into our office. MotorTrend is on the cutting edge of technology implementation and we are diving the way consumers now consume content via their mobile device and television apps.

Thomas Rosquin

SEO Manager

What are MotorTrend Group Perks + Benefits

MotorTrend Group Benefits Overview

We offer comprehensive health benefits for you and your family.

Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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