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Testing Analyst, Finance

CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  106888
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

The Testing Analyst, Finance 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



  • 1-3 years experience in an analytical role
  • Undergraduate majors preferred: Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, Business
  • Experience in retail a plus


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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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