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Financial Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis Job

DATE: Aug 17, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87493 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Finance 


Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company 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. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at


The Financial Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis position is critical for the operational success of the DSW Segment (stores & eCommerce). The position will be responsible for P&L expense consolidation, reporting and budgeting for DSW Segment Home Office cost centers and the DSW Segment Marketing expense cost centers.  In addition, this role will also be responsible for consolidation and management of DSW Segment Capital expenditures (CapEx). This position will ensure consistent assumptions, clear communication and timely delivery of a cohesive, thorough, timely product. Collaboration with partners across multiple areas of the business to support maintaining or improving Op Income is critical for success in this role. This position reports to the Sr. Manager, FP&A and has no direct reports.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Home Office expense cost center management, including budgeting and forecasting
  • CapEx management, including monthly review of actual spend vs. target
  • Marketing expense cost center management, including budget and forecasting
  • Projection Accuracy (‘Closest to the Pin’)
  • Responsible for working with Cross Functional partners to understand drivers of expenses
  • Leverage analysis & reporting to identify savings and process opportunity
  • Work with business partners to execute on changes that result in expense savings
  • Other ad hoc financial & accounting analyses

Required Skills and Competencies:


  • Experience in accounting or finance, or another analytical role, preferred
  • Comfortable in team-oriented environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and capabilities
  • High initiative and self-direction
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to multi-task throughout the day




  • Lives DSW values of passion, accountability, collaboration and humility
  • Undergraduate majors preferred: Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, Business
  • Experience in retail a plus

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws.  Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at HR-DSW@dswinc.comDesigner Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.


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