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Director Finance Merchandising

Description   The Director, Merchandising Finance develops and prepares the annual sales and margin budget and periodic sales and margin forecastingprocesses.   The role is responsible for setting the criteria for the merchandising team's financial metrics, and creating and developing the reports and analytics for the Merchandising and Pricing teams.  This role is responsible for the management of the Merchandising Finance team. Partners deeply with applicable business owners to identify strategies for achieving their goals, developing analytical tools to define the opportunity, develop business users on how to interpret and use the tools, and track results to promote accountability. Partners with the corporate finance team to ensure that all financial metrics in merchandisingsupport the enterprise financial plan. Develop the sales and margin forecasts and be able to set guidelines for variances analysis of expected and actual performance versus plans Manage the workflow in and out of the Merchandising Finance team Develop strong working relationships with Merchandising leaders and team members. Work with the merchants on potential solutions where there are identifiable shortfalls Drive the weekly, monthly and quarterly business review process which includes developing business and financial content, along with insights on the results for review with senior management during period reviews.  Develop executive summaries with analysis, identifying anomalies, trends, and deviations in the business. Develop the annual operating sales and margin planning process Develop realistic and achievable work plans, key deliverables and review sessions with limited guidance and input Develop and prepare analysis and reports, reviews and recaps that guide the decision processes of the Merchandising team on a weekly and period basis. Identify and validate business assumptions used to build analysis Facilitate the identification of outstanding risks and opportunities and communicate them to the key stakeholders Analyze the feasibility and estimate the financial performance of key initiatives and projects Minimum Requirements       Bachelor's degreerequired, in Finance or Accountingpreferred MBA (or CPA) preferred Eight or more years in finance or accounting environment 5 years' experience in retailfinancial planning and analysis Statistical modeling skills a plus.  Is able to run complex analyses with minimal help and understands when to ask for help when encountering roadblocks Possess ability to analyze, interpret, and reportfinancial data. Ability to solve problems using analytical frameworks to streamline the process. Excellent PC and related spreadsheet application skills. Proficient with MS Office products Must be a self-starter who can work well within various situations (from well-defined to unstructured) and proactively identify business improvement areas. The ability to work effectively in a high growth environment and a rapidly changing organization. Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills. Must be able to handle confidential information in a mature and professional manner while using sound judgment and discretion in the completion of department duties and managing the office staff. Knowledge Companies Financial Systems Ability to present to different levels of associates including management Physical Requirements Some travel may be required, depending on assigned area Most work is performed in a temperature-controlled office environment Incumbent may sit for long periods of time at desk or computer terminal Incumbent may use calculators, keyboards, telephone, and other office equipment in the course of normal workday Stooping, bending, twisting, and reaching may be required in completion of job duties  2398
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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