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Merchandise Accountant, Vendor Finance (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Nov 23, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  124015
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

Brand: Designer Brands
Req #: 124015 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Finance


Job title: Merchandise Accountant


General Summary: The Merchandise Accountant has responsibilities over merchandise related activities as well as period end close tasks and other ad-hoc reporting requests. Additional duties include being one of the inventory control contacts for 500+ DSW store locations, ensuring that each store’s inventory is stated correctly.  This includes working cross functionally with DC, Transportation and Logistics, and finance partners on all things merchandise related.     


Reports to Manager, Vendor Finance


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Balance Sheet reconciliations and perform monthly reconciliation procedures around various complex accounts including inventory add on costs, unmatched merchandise receipts, and foreign trade zone accruals
  • Key resource for dealing with merchandise related Auditor requests
  • Collaborate cross functionally with the DC team to troubleshoot and resolve any unique variances on the unmatched report
  • Collaborate with Camuto Group to ensure the intercompany detail balances and merchandise chargebacks are appropriately booked by both companies
  • Work with the Import and Transportation teams to ensure both foreign and domestic in-transit accounts are appropriate at period end
  • Perform weekly analysis of cash projections and open payables reporting, including review of credit limits, to assist Treasury in their weekly reporting
  • Perform weekly vendor maintenance audits to validate appropriate support was acquired and update was made accurately prior to payment
  • Facilitate updates to vendor terms by working with Purchase Order Management team to ensure system and purchase orders accurately reflects agreed upon terms
  • Partner with Inventory Control Analyst to respond to store emails and support stores with inventory accuracy issues.


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • High degree of Accounting and Financial Analysis skills
  • Must be highly proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, & Access
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills



Minimum Qualifications


  • 2+ years of experience in accounts payable, inventory control, accounting, or financial planning & analysis preferred


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Business Objects/MicroStrategy, Lawson, Oracle, Jesta, SQL Developer & Hyperion is a plus
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or finance, may substitute for relevant work experience







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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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