Budget Manager


Our client, Visit California, is seeking a qualified Budget Manager. The candidate will generate, interpret, and utilize financial budget reports necessary for monitoring and managing financial transactions of the Brand team, and various projects or activities. This position also supports the management team in a variety of financial and operational decisions.


The Budget Manager provides support to Visit California staff and designated departmental budget leads, through data analysis to facilitate informed business decision-making. Tasks will include analysis of current processes, contract and spend management, budget to actual performance comparisons, comparisons against prior year data, liaison between Visit California and its primary creative and media agencies, budget encumbrances, reconciliations, and budget forecast



Key Duties & Responsibilities

30% -- Budgeting

  • Ability to generate, understand and utilize financial budget reports necessary for monitoring and managing financial transactions of brand budget, projects, or activities.

  • Perform monthly review of budget-to-actual data for reasonableness and investigate and resolve unusual or incorrect items.

  • Follow Visit California procedures and generally accepted accounting principles in approving forms, records, or documents which are used to produce financial transactions.

  • Proactively identify and advise on potential budgetary impacts.

  • Report favorable and unfavorable variances from budgeted financial expectations to program level budget liaisons and keep the Director of Finance and Director of Brand Advertising apprised.

  • Provide processes, solutions, and tools to improve efficiency and accuracy in balancing the annual brand budget and financial operations.

  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned by management.


30% -- Contract and Spend Management

  • Establish and maintain written policies and procedures of the contract management process, as it pertains to the Brand team.

  • Support and maintain Brand contracts and addenda, including all related work orders, media authorizations, and invoices.

  • Monitor expense charges for appropriate classification and inclusion in correct fiscal year and ensure that laws, regulations, and Visit California policies are followed, especially for any applicable sponsor terms, conditions, or restrictions.


30% -- Management


  • Establish and maintain written policies and procedures of the Brand budgeting process.

  • Manage outsourced functions.

  • Manage financial and operational relationship with primary creative and media agencies, including communications and meetings.

  • Assist with the process for evaluating (for consistency with budget) procurement and recruiting requests.

  • Provide accurate, timely and complete information to the Accounting and Brand teams.


​10% -- Other duties as assigned


Essential Qualifications
​To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting

  • Minimum of five years’ experience with budget formulation and analysis.

  • Outstanding knowledge of electronic spreadsheets is required (You will be required to take an MS Excel assessment).

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills for presenting concepts in a clear, concise and well-organized manner, particularly in presenting the results of analyses to management.

  • Ability to handle and protect the confidentiality of sensitive information acquired in the course of budget oversight responsibilities.

  • Ability to act ethically, honestly, and responsibly in managing financial resources and information.

  • Experience working independently, but within a team environment.

  • Experience in marketing and/or advertising preferred but not required.



COMPENSATION: Up to $89,000 per year, depending on experience. In addition, Visit California offers an excellent benefit package. They also offer a fantastic PTO and holiday leave package, 401(k) plan, parking, job-specific skill training and much more!


HOW TO APPLY: Please provide your (1) cover letter and (2) resume IN A SINGLE PDF FILE. To apply click here.


Please respect our client's wishes and do not contact them directly. Doing so may result in disqualification, as they value the ability to follow directions and don’t have the time to handle inquiries and/or contact.

Visit California has an organizational commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, they welcome all qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, national origin, medical condition, U.S. veteran/military status, pregnancy, or reasonable accommodation.

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