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Principal Financial Systems Analyst, Oracle EPM (Remote)

DATE:  Nov 14, 2023
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  143375
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Information Technology

DBI is looking for an experienced Oracle EPM Solutions Architect & Developer, with emphasis in Oracle EPM Planning, Consolidation, Account Reconciliation and Reporting applications and related Integrations expertise to join our growing Oracle EPM Applications Team. Key to this role is the ability to build strong relationships with internal stakeholders. You should be a trusted partner to the business and effectively manage their expectations while effectively translating their requirements into world class Oracle Cloud EPM Solutions.


This Principal Financial Systems Analyst should be comfortable delivering timely financial information and analysis for both internal and external reporting. This person should also be able to understand and decipher financial statements (E.g., Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, etc.) as well as have a solid understanding of the overall financial process. (E.g., Financial Close, Budgeting/Projection processes, etc.)


The Principal Financial Systems Analyst will also provide best-fit architectural solutions for one or more projects. This person must also be able to understand and solve business problems, architect, and implement system integrations, and design and develop complex features to meet clients' business needs/requirements.


DBI employees the entire Oracle Cloud EPM suite and business process and functional expertise is needed in all of the following Oracle EPM Cloud products: Enterprise Planning & Budgeting Cloud (EPBC), Financial Consolidation & Close Cloud (FCC), Enterprise Data Management (EDM), Cloud Data Management (CDM), Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS), and Narrative Reporting (NR).


Reports To:  Director, Financial Systems


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and deliver Oracle EPM Cloud functional architecture strategy with leading practices throughout all phases of an EPM Cloud Transformation.
  • Hands-on formulation of business and functional requirements to set the direction for corresponding and complimentary solution delivery aligned to business goals.
  • Apply business and functional knowledge and expertise, working in collaboration with the engagement teams, in the implementation of business-aligned/driven Oracle Cloud solutions.
  • Serve as liaison from the business team to FP&A and perform tasks required to implement, support, configure and enhance Oracle Cloud EPM applications.
  • Lead Testing and Training Programs during EPM Cloud Transformations.
  • Lead by example in providing strong functional leadership directing hands on configuration, conversion, and help lead process design especially for Oracle Cloud EPM
  • Translate high-level business requirements to functional specifications and manage changes to those specifications
  • Test solutions and deliver end products to the business community
  • Train users on business process functionality
  • Analyze and understand Finance / Accounting strengths and weaknesses to identify opportunities for automating processes and functions
  • Conduct business process analyses, needs assessments, and preliminary cost / benefits analyses to align information technology solutions with business initiatives
  • Administration of Oracle Cloud EPM applications in support of the Finance organization
  • Perform data loads/exports, including source to target data validation and consolidation of data within Oracle Cloud EPM
  • Development experience including end-to-end implementation lifecycle from requirements, design, configure/build, test, train, and deploy.
  • Manage user security design and provisioning of access for Oracle Cloud EPM applications.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging technology and software trends focused on driving modernization and efficiency in the finance systems area.
  • Build and maintain calculation scripts, business rules, dimension builds, and data loads for Oracle Cloud EPM applications.
  • This SME should have extensive experience in finance and accounting domains.  We are looking for SME whose has worked on implementation projects with Finance and Accounting teams and ideally in Retail.
  • Design and implement custom reports using Oracle EPM Cloud reporting tools to address company needs and improve frequency, accuracy, and timeliness of reporting.


  • Required Skills:
  • Business expertise in FP&A processes as well as having strong knowledge of other financial business processes.  Retail experience strongly preferred.
  • Excellent analysis skills and the ability to develop processes and methodologies
  • Demonstrated management, analytical, organization, interpersonal, project management, communication skills, and highly developed Microsoft Suite skills required.
  • Ability to engage effectively at the business and technical level, provide exceptional internal service, demonstrate commitment to continuous learning to stay current regarding applicable strategies, see the "big picture" as well as the details, display appropriate ethical knowledge and commitment to quality and the timely completion of projects.
  • Exhibit a sense of urgency and commitment to quality and the timely completion of projects.
  • Ability to multitask across many different projects and stakeholders both internal and external.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with client resources from lower level to C suite.
  • Able to design processes around metadata integration.



SETTING GOALS – Creates and follows effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities.


WORKING WITH OTHERS – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.


GETTING RESULTS – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simplify and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.




  • 10+ years experience of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) application experience as a developer and administrator with especial emphasis on custom Planning, Consolidation, & Reporting applications.
  • 5+ years progressive experience in a consulting environment or related industry experience working directly with Oracle EPM products.
  • End-to-end lifecycle development and implementation experience including requirements gathering, configuration, design, build, test, and go-live phases.
  • General broad experience with the Oracle EPM suite including more specialized products such as EDM/DRM, Strategic Management, Profitability & Cost Modeling, FDM/CDM, EPM Automate, and external ETL tools including SQL.
  • Strong technical background with hands-on experience in EPM application integrations with various Oracle and external tools to facilitate data loads, data movements, metadata management, security management, etc.
  • Extensive experience in developing BSO type calculation scripts.  Groovy scripting experience a plus.
  • Strong understanding of underlying Essbase technologies BSO, ASO and Hybrid.
  • Track record of leveraging best practices to support system and business change management.
  • Track record of implementing incremental process improvements to support more efficient financial workflow.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple task assignments in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-motivated, positive attitude, with a can-do, jump-right-in attitude.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Oracle EPM Suite Certifications in one or more EPM applications, especially Oracle Cloud EPM applications vs. on premises.
  • Experience using traditional ETL & Scripting frameworks such as: SQL, Windows Batch Scripting, RESTAPI calls.
  • Experience using Workiva One Cloud
  • Experience & Strong knowledge of Retail business practices



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, finance, accounting, or a closely related field




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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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