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Legends Hospitality Director of Finance in New York, New York


Finance Director, One World Observatory


Founded in 2008, Legends is a holistic experiential services agency with more than 1,500 full-time and 30,000 seasonal team members globally. Legends has five divisions operating worldwide - Global Planning, Global Sales, Hospitality, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions - offering clients and partners a 360-degree platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. We are the industry leaders in designing, planning and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment.


Global Attractions is a natural progression from Legends 360-degree platform for success. Our unrivaled guest experience and deeply researched sales and planning methodologies give us an edge. Legends currently operates 10+ attractions around the globe. We bring together some of the brightest experiential and attraction masterminds around the globe to ensure each brilliant idea is regionally relevant and destined to dazzle, delight and drive a steady stream of diverse visitors.

  • Custom narratives to guide the journey, delivered to deeply engage distinct visitor groups

  • Bold and dramatic design to push the envelope on the physical space and inspire awe and wonder

  • Re-imagined dining experiences to delight local foodies

  • Leading-edge technology and innovation to drive interactivity and create fully immersive experiences

Legends manages all operations across ticketing, special events, sponsorship food and beverage and retail for Attractions partners.


Positioned at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 – One World Observatory provides guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from 1,250 feet. A customized guest experience complements the seemingly endless views - which evoke feelings of the City’s signature pride, hope and determination - including special interactive experiences and dining options, plus a sit-down restaurant.

In 2016, One World Observatory received awards and recognition from the Concierge Choice Awards (Winner: Tourist Attraction), Themed Entertainment Association (Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement), TripAdvisor (Top U.S. Trending Summer Attraction), and Lonely Planet (Favorite Online Listing).


The Finance Director is responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. The Finance Director is additionally responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the business and driving OWO's financial strategy and planning. The Finance Director will have oversight of the Accounting and Finance functions. Furthermore, this position will monitor and analyze capital and operating budgets, including monthly financial analyses, monthly forecasting, annual planning, cash forecasting, and ad hoc business analyses.


  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures

  • Provide status on the financial condition of OWO by collecting, interpreting and reporting key financial data

  • Review and prepare monthly financial results, forecasts, and externally required financial reports. Assist in the preparation of ad hoc financial analysis for senior management.

  • Provide strategic advice based on analyzing trends in the operation and financial performance of OWO

  • Assist senior management with analysis of information and prospective decisions based on information obtained from Accounting and operating results

  • Assist in the design and development of internal control procedures to safeguard company assets. Design and implement cost savings solutions.

  • Manage budget and control expenses effectively

  • Participate in the planning and administration of the annual budget process including detailed review of departmental budget submissions

  • Manage all aspects of the day-to-day accounting processes including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and general ledger

  • Daily reconciliation of cash and credit card transactions

  • Prepare a daily flash revenue report

  • Prepare weekly and monthly financial forecasts for comparison to budget

  • Oversee the inventory process and perform in-depth cost of goods analysis

  • Coordinate monthly financial statement preparation

  • Ensure a timely and accurate month end closing process

  • Analyze monthly balance sheet and P&L figures to prepare comments and expose performance trends

  • Build solid working relationships with business and department leaders

  • Have a thorough understanding of, and the ability to review contracts

  • Communicate results of analytical review in verbal and written presentations

  • Perform other duties as assigned by management


To perform this job successfully, the candidate must be able to perform each essential duty above at the highest levels. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience preferably in tourism or hospitality industry

  • BA/BS in Accounting, Finance, or related field required

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Excel and other MS Office software required

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail essential

  • Must be highly analytical, have the ability to think creatively, and to understand complex business dynamics

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a deadline oriented environment

  • Ability to work both traditional and non-traditional hours (nights, weekends, holidays) as required

  • Knowledge of Accesso and point of sale systems a plus


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, paid vacation, and 401k plan.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands to finger, and handle controls. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, and stoop. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Legends is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetic information.




  • Communication: Expert

  • Financial Analysis: Expert

  • Microsoft Office(Excel, PPT, Word, Outlook): Expert



  • Bachelors or better in Accounting

  • Bachelors or better in Finance

Licenses & Certifications


  • Public Accountant

  • Financial Risk MGR

  • Microsoft Tech Assoc