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Senior Financial Analyst, Segment Sales & Margin Job

DATE: Jan 23, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 84553 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Finance 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


The Senior Financial Analyst, Segment Sales & Margin will be responsible for conducting financial analysis and completing ad-hoc projects to support decision-making while working in a cross-functional, team-based environment. Primary responsibilities include supporting the DSW Segment (Stores & eCommerce) by owning the Daily Sales forecasts for both Stores & eCommerce and owning the DSW Segment Margin projections including Selling IMU forecasting, Markdowns by Type and Other Margin expense related forecasts. This position will also coordinate budgets; ensuring consistent assumptions, clear communication and timely delivery of a cohesive, thorough, timely product. Perform various daily and weekly reporting to support partners in Merchandising Planning & Analytics, Marketing Analytics and eCommerce Operations. This position reports to the Senior Manager, Segment Finance and has no direct reports.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sales Forecasts for Stores & eCommerce – Daily/Monthly/Seasonal projections by channel based on demand drivers (Marketing, Merchandising, etc.) for each demand channel
  • Markdown projections and insights – Daily/Monthly/Seasonal projections by channel based on markdown drivers (Clearance and Marketing markdowns)
  • Monthly Selling IMU projections – Analyze category plans to develop Finance point of view on go forward IMU risk or opportunity vs. the Finance forecast
  • Monthly Inventory Roll planning – Partner closely with Merch Planning partners to accurately project sales or markdown risk relative to Finance forecast
  • Annual Budgeting process – Coordinate annual budget including direct ownership of several lines including Demand by Channel, Net Markdowns by Channel, Selling IMU and misc. Other Margin expenses
  • Ongoing Business Insights – Provide daily/weekly sales and margin reporting and weekly business recap reporting to summarize and analyze business results
  • Partnerships – Develop effective and collaborative relationships with functional business partners, identifying key opportunities, as well as communicating and influencing actionable analysis


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience in forecasting and analysis in the retail industry
  • 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


Minimum Qualifications


  • At least 3+ years’ experience in a financial planning & analysis, consulting, external accounting or strategic planning

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in retail a plus  


  • Undergraduate majors preferred: Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics



Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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