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Financial Analyst - Accounting Operations Job

DATE: Jul 25, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87532 
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


Financial Analyst – Accounting Operations


The Financial Analyst – Accounting Operations is primarily responsible for performing accounting analysis as well as monthly close and reporting as it pertains to Designer Brands Inc Sales and associated allowances.  The analyst is also responsible for maintaining and managing Inc level Sales and Comp base reporting as well as budgets, projections and ad hoc analysis.  In addition, the analyst will play a key role in developing processes and capabilities within new business units to ensure accurate sales and comps reporting and compliance with SOX.  Reports to the Manager, Sales Audit and does not have any direct reports. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


  • Designer Brands Inc. Sales and Comps
    • Maintain and periodically produce Inc. level daily sales reporting consolidating results for all Designer Brands Inc. business units
    • Manage Inc level comp bases and computations for all business units
    • Develop processes to ensure accurate sales and sales comp reporting for newly acquired business units
  • Manage Budgets and Projections – manage models and conduct new analyses as appropriate to manage projections for various areas associated with sales allowances and credit related expenses
  • Complete monthly trend reports and analysis including fluctuation analysis for various monthly financial review meetings
  • Perform month-end accounting close entries and account reconciliations
    • Areas of responsibility focused on Sales related allowances and accruals for various Designer Brands business units
    • Work with new business units to ensure proper allowances are being recorded
    • Ensure reserve processes are compliant with SOX
  • Responsible for quarterly external reporting sales related disclosures
  • Special projects and analysis as necessary





  • 2-3+ years of experience in accounting is preferred
  • Strong accounting knowledge
  • Advanced analytical skills – ability to work with large data sets and summarize for management reporting and analysis
  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Knowledge of Hyperion reporting a plus
  • Possesses strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting is preferred

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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