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Director, Corporate FP&A and Investor Relations (Hybrid)

DATE:  Nov 16, 2023
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  143390
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

The Director, Corporate FP&A and Investor Relations leads the teams responsible for the creation of accurate and insightful Inc. level financial information. Responsible for leveraging financial insights to influence executive leaders across all DBI segments in the achievement of long-term financial goals. This role will also support Investor Relations and driving communications to effectively convey the Company’s strategy to maximize long-term and sustainable value creation.


Reports To: SVP, Segment CFO


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Corporate FP&A

  • Leads Corporate FP&A, including the coordination of all Inc. P&L related processes critical to fostering a culture focused on financial accountability
  • Leads Annual Capital and Operating Budget process including preparation and (in some cases) presentation of materials for approval by the DBI Audit Committee
  • Defines and delivers Weekly Projection process, providing Executive Leadership team visibility to current trends and identifies best thinking around annual financial results
  • Leads accountability meetings by business segment in order to provide insight to projection variances vs. budget and makes recommendations on appropriate course corrections
  • Supports the achievement of DBI Long-Range Planning by delivering multi-year view of total company financial outlook, critical for strategic planning and valuation analysis
  • Critical partner in the Capital Approval process, generating clear visibility to costs and benefits of proposed Capital projects prior to approving spend

Investor Relations

  • Develops, plans and executes on IR strategic plan, in partnership with the Segment CFOs and DBI CFO, to strengthen external stakeholders’ understanding of the company’s story.
  • Works with the CFO and executive leadership team to develop scripts, talking points, presentations and other communications strategies and materials that clearly illustrate the Company’s investment thesis, strategy and performance.
  • Collaborates with external investor relations agencies to monitor analyst coverage and investment research on the Company and competitors, as well as the broader industry.


  • Builds networks across business segments in order to insure high degree of partnership and cohesion
  • Collaborates with cross functional leaders to drive solutions to complex business problems
  • Empowers innovative thinking in his/her teams to develop creative solutions while constructively challenging the status quo
  • Inspires trust in character through honest, ethical behaviors, and trust in judgment through superior financial acumen, problem solving skills, and strategic growth mindset
  • Instills high standards by holding self and others accountable to consistently deliver excellent results
  • Provides thought leadership around best practices in finance, financial accountability, and retail
  • Builds excellent teams by attracting, developing and retaining top finance talent


Required Skills:

  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Financial and General Business acumen
  • Leadership Courage
  • Customer Focus / Collaboration
  • Innovative Problem Solving
  • Excellent Excel & PowerPoint skills required, with Hyperion Planning/PBCS skills valued



STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP – Deliberately communicates overall business strategy and connects it to the work of the functional team. Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Leverages market knowledge to anticipate, capitalize on and drive change. Articulate credible pictures and visions of possibilities that will create sustainable value. Creates competitive and breakthrough strategies that show a clear connection between vision and action. Is willing to champion an idea or position despite dissent or political risk. Tackles tough issues, sharing sensitive messages or unpopular points of view effectively. Influences inside and outside of functional area for positive impact on business performance. Owns the development of successors and individuals who have potential for further development.


LEADING & MOTIVATING – Serves as a champion and driver of DSW Values and culture. Attracts and selects the best talent to meet current and future business needs. Motivates and inspires others through rewards, authentic connections, and meaningful recognition. Fosters diversity and an inclusive workplace where individual differences are valued and leveraged. Seeks new ways to evolve and challenge self. Develops team through delegation, challenges outside of the comfort zone and effective coaching and feedback. Shares ideas in a compelling manner that gains commitment. Champions change for positive impact on business results.


MANAGING FOR RESULTS – Establishes models and enforces accountability. Gets the most out of available resources and secures rare resources others cannot get. Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders. Persists in accomplishing objectives. Pushes the team to elevate goals as results are achieved. Transforms functional area to achieve maximum results. Seizes opportunities and connects business insights to increase profit and revenue.




  • 10 – 15 years of progressive experience in Financial Planning & Analysis.
  • 5 – 7 years managing teams.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Investor Relations experience preferred, not required
  • Retail experience preferred
  • MBA valued but not required



  • Undergraduate (B.S./B.A.) degree in Business (Accounting/Finance/Economics).




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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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