Sharing a common love of anime and Japanese culture!

SPJA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the unique and deep culture that surrounds Japanese animation. Our roots originated from Cal Animage Alpha, an anime club at UC Berkeley, which co-sponsored the first Anime Expo in 1992, along with its predecessor Anime Con in 1991.

Since then, SPJA has grown exponentially in its endeavors, with Anime Expo becoming the largest anime convention in North America, as well as establishing B2B conference Project Anime, and partnering with World Cosplay Summit to organize its US preliminary. With each unique event we produce, our purpose never strays – we aim to promote, celebrate, and educate the public about Japanese animation, manga, video games, and traditional culture.

Purpose of this roleThe Junior Financial/Business Analyst provides overall support for the period end results, preparation of forecasts, growth plans, financial analysis, reporting and budgeting. This position reports directly to the Financial/Business Analyst in forecasting and analysis.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree required (Finance or Business Administration preferred) plus 1-3 years of finance/business analyst experience.

Functions of this Role: The major areas of responsibility include:

  • Prepare and assist on corrective actions across strategy, finance and operations by analyzing results and variances and identifying trends
  • Prepare and assist in financial planning and analysis of revenue streams, cost center spending, project analysis, expenses and capital expenditures
  • Reconcile balances and transactions by comparing and correcting data
  • Provide information to the Financial/Business Analyst by assembling and summarizing data, preparing reports, and making presentations of findings, analyses and recommendations
  • Assist in preparation of annual budgets, forecasts, and variance analysis
  • Calculate and assess returns on investments of new projects and opportunities
  • Assist in supporting year-end audits conducted by independent auditors
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial information
  • Prepare, complete and analyze short & long-term financial planning and analysis
  • Report and analyze data for periodic reporting, periodic forecast analysis and presentation deck preparation
  • Assist in period close activities by working closely with the Accounting & Finance group to ensure accuracy and completeness of entries
  • Work with the financial/business analyst to manage P&L expectations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired:  

  • Achieve accuracy and meet assigned deadlines
  • Ability to work amicably with a variety of personalities while maintaining professionalism
  • Above average written and oral communication.
  • Interpersonal sensitivity when communicating essential and necessary financial information to others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality within the organization with a high level of personal ethics.
  • High adaptability to changing needs.
  • High level of dependability without supervision.
  • Maintain dependability during mandatory extreme overtime for SPJA event(s).
  • Consistent demonstration of quality work and good judgment
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel and QuickBooks is preferred.
  • Must be able to perform required tasks at convention(s) away from the SPJA office.
  • Must be able to manage staff and vendors at convention(s) and at other facilities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to quickly learn various in-house software applications and platforms

Location: The Junior Financial/Business Analyst will be based out of SPJA’s principal office. However, this is a hybrid role that will allow working most days from home and some at the office. This position must also be able to attend off-site meetings, conferences, and events as necessary.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • The duties of this position are performed indoors in a business/office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud during events and minimal during non-event times.
  • During convention, this individual must have the ability to stand/walk for up to four hours at a time as there is constant walking required during the convention.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Constantly operates a computer and other office machinery, such as copier, scanner, printer, etc.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates verbally with coworkers, supervisors and volunteers. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and requirements of this position.


SPJA offers a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Health and Dependent Care
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • 12 Holidays
  • Sick time off
  • Paid time off 

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