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Financial Analyst, Testing & Innovation Job

DATE: Aug 17, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87492 
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, Testing & Innovation position is critical for the operational success of the DSW Segment (stores & eCommerce) and will serve as a strategic Finance partner to the Innovation team at DSW. This person will help develop and provide financial guidance surrounding new initiatives in-store and provide Pro Forma/Long Range Plan generation, weekly sales reporting and analysis, and monthly P&L/accountability review for all new store initiatives. This position will ensure consistent assumptions, clear communication and timely delivery of a cohesive, thorough, timely product. This role will have great exposure to Company leadership – strong business acumen, attentiveness to detail and collaboration are the keys to success. This position reports to the Sr. Manager, Strategic Testing & Analytics and has no direct reports.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Perform financial assessment of new Company initiatives, providing recommendations to leadership on how to proceed – P&L generation/sensitivity analysis, Cash Flow/NPV/ROI analysis, risk assessment and creating success criteria/KPI’s
  • Report and analyze weekly results of store initiatives, providing reasoning behind underperforming initiatives and recommendations to improve performance
  • Perform detailed monthly reporting surrounding P&L/Financial performance (sales thru operating income) while providing recommendations on how to improve profitability
  • Develop a Long-Range Plan for each initiative, while understanding and communicating how current performance/trends should impact its long-term expectations
  • Collaborate with partners to develop new ideas that support key business initiatives
  • Other various ad-hoc analytical projects to support the business and Company strategy


Required Skills and Competencies:


  • Experience in accounting or finance, or another analytical role, preferred
  • Experience in sales forecasting and analytics
  • Financial modeling skills are preferred
  • Ability to work with little direction (“work in the gray”)
  • Strong collaboration skills to build solid, trusted relationships with analytics teams and business leaderships
  • Comfortable in team-oriented environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, including presentation development and delivery
  • 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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