Finance Coordinator - hired Cheryl Kwai

Santa Monica
LA - Overhead – Finance & Business Development /
LA - Full-time /
Illumination is currently seeking a Finance Coordinator to join our team in Santa Monica. This position will provide day to day accounting needs across different departments including overhead, development, and marketing. They will be instrumental in maintaining accurate accounting records and adhering to accepted procedures for all production payments. A strong work ethic and a positive mindset are critical for this entry-level role as well as being extremely organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative.


    • Work closely with Illumination’s teams including Overhead, Development and Marketing to process union, non-union, and above the line payroll
    • Execute weekly accounts payable for production and studio teams such as, but not limited to: paying invoices, setting up vendors, initiating, and finalizing all paperwork
    • Review and process employee expense reports; perform monthly reconciliation of corporate cards
    • Prepare journal entries with supporting backup, ensuring that correct account codes are utilized, and transactions are accurately explained and supported
    • Timely and precise processing of paperwork, records, and file maintenance
    • Perform ad hoc financial analyses and miscellaneous projects as needed


    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or related field or equivalent is preferred
    • 0-2 years of related accounting experience preferred
    • Experience processing payroll through Entertainment Partners or similar is preferred but not required.
    • Highly detail oriented and with strong organizational skills
    • Handles confidential information with a high degree of discretion and good judgment
    • IATSE Local 839 and Local 700 Experience is a plus.
    • Strong analytical and communication skills
    • Experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. 
** Employees whose positions will require them to perform any work on-site must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to start of employment. Requested accommodations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance by law.

About Illumination
Illumination, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me—the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history—as well as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and Sing films. The 2023 release of Illumination's The Super Mario Bros. Movie has joined the studio library, now comprising three of the top 10 animated films of all time. Illumination’s iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide. Illumination has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures.

Illumination is based in Santa Monica, CA and its studio, Illumination Studios Paris, is located in the center of Paris, France.
Illumination's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Illumination will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.