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Sr. Testing Analyst, Finance

CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  101809
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

The Sr. Testing Analyst, Finance role will provide day to day support of key deliverables related to creating, operating, and analyzing tests, along with partnering and creating financial models for new business ventures. This individual will influence and support our testing pipeline, which is used to drive ideas into the business that increases sales/margin dollars, improve operations, and/or drive cost savings. In addition, this role will provide analytical insight into the incrementality of the customer facing actions taken by the business, specifically Marketing promotions and the corresponding ROI.


Reports To:  Senior Manager, Finance Strategic Testing & Analytics


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for selecting stores in order to meet test objectives
  • Responsible for analyzing and communicating test performance to cross-functional partners and using those results to provide actionable insights to leaders within the organization.
  • Uses APT to select stores, setup test, match test stores to a relevant control group and analyze results
  • Ability to keep a historical record of tests in both excel and APT in order to be the company expert on all key tests and initiatives
  • Responsible for tracking, reporting, and analyzing the performance of marketing activities and ad-hoc analytic requests with a focus of incrementality and ROI
  • Identify statistically significant aggregate lift of tests and analyze trends and impact over time; understand where the initiative is having an impact
  • Derive and communicate actionable insights from tests, analytics, and through the evaluation of new business models
  • Maintain financial models that support new business initiatives and identify KPIs to drive improved performance
  • Partner with APT (test and learn consultants) to ensure we are best in class in testing efficiency and are pursuing tests that are relevant in the current retail environment
  • Present complex financial information in a way that is actionable and understandable to all levels of the organization
  • Approach business questions with curiosity, keeping functional tests that can improve profitability and operations front of mind
  • Develop effective and collaborative relationships with functional business partners, identifying key opportunities, as well as communicating and influencing actionable analysis
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and work hands-in with new technologies, processes, and partners


Required Skills:

  • Proficient in MS Excel (graphs, pivot tables, data manipulation, formulas, etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills, including data retrieval, organization, presentation, and summary
  • Ability to thrive in a highly quantitative, fast-paced environment with changing business needs
  • High degree of initiative, personal responsibility, and ownership
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization and project management skills
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • High degree of analytical curiosity including ability to identify and proactively solve problems
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work in a multi-team environment and support various business partners
  • Ability to foster relationships with cross-functional partners and key stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with reporting or query tools a plus (MicroStrategy, APT Test & Learn / Basket Analyzer, Business Objects, SQL)



Setting Goals – Creates and follow 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 simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.




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


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in forecasting and/or analysis in the retail industry is a valued but not required
  • APT experience is valued but not required



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


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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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