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Royalty Analyst

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AQUENT is seeking qualified candidates for a Royalty Analyst role with one of our Fortune 100 clients! This position will have direct involvement with timely and accurate processing of our client's royalty reporting and related payment processes. Position will handle day to day internal and external inquiries related to royalties, collaborate with internal partners and systems to bring visibility and improvement to the end to end royalty payment process.

The position has the primary responsibility of insuring and confirming the completeness and accuracy of system generated reports, resolving discrepancies, maintaining content provider databases, and ensuring timely payment of both advances and royalty payments to over 3,000 rights holders. This includes defining and deploying verification processes that help and improve internal controls related to royalties.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, a quick learner, and will have the ability to efficiently manage various high-priority responsibilities. Candidate must have high regard for customer satisfaction (external and internal) and demonstrate strong vendor management & delivery skills. Candidate must possess advanced excel skills & have experience working with large data files. Database knowledge is highly desired.

Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

Integral part of the automation of advance payments system with royalty providers
Ensure timely completeness and accuracy of high volume of royalty reports
Prepare royalties and bounty reports to ensure all contractual obligations are met
Prepare reconciliations and controls related to roll-forward accuracy, advance allocations, and completeness
Provide timely & researched communication to internal and external contacts related to royalties
Manage queries (internal or external) through ticketing system
Research and resolution of all failed and returned payments
Initiate, drive and implement improvements of royalty processes and become subject matter expert of royalty payments process
Weekly/monthly/Quarterly metrics reporting and analysis
Ad hoc reports and analysis as required
Basic understanding of Intellectual Property Licensing/ (Royalty) rights
Familiarity with W-9, W-8BEN, and 1099 forms and data requirements a plus (track and account for tax withholding)

Skills & Experience Requirements:

Minimum 3 – 5 years of analysis experience
Strong research, analytical and problem solving skills
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Proven ability to interact with various departments across an organization
Previous new system/process implementation experience which includes identifying gaps where system enhancements can be made
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
Strong Excel skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Strong sense of urgency with all work-related tasks
Ability to operate in a high-energy, high-intensity environment
Entrepreneurial attitude and work ethic
Ability to multi-task with various projects
SQL, Hyperion, NetSuite experience a plus

Please note that this is an 11 month contract role. If the client identifies the right fit, there is potential for permanent employment.

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