Financial Analyst, Merchandise

GENERAL PURPOSE:

The Financial Analyst will be responsible for coordinating core finance processes such as forecasting, budgeting and 5 year planning. These responsibilities include: providing detailed expense reconciliation, preparing month end close journal and forecast entries, conducting analytics from disparate sources, producing multiple financial reports and performing ad hoc research requests.

The Financial Analyst will report to the Director of Merchandise Finance, and interact frequently with the VP of Merchandise Finance and other key members of the buying office leadership team.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Provide timely and accurate accounting support for forecast and month end close activities to include preparing month end close journal entries and reconciling invoices for multiple departments.
Participate in the 5 year plan and annual budgeting processes for the buying offices, including creating analytics and building financial models.
Analyze monthly buying office expense trends against forecast and budget. Prepare reporting packages that summarize mid-month, month/quarter/year-end performance. Understand the details/drivers behind expense lines and explain key variances.
Maintain expense databases and initiate improvements to ensure accurate records.
Complete ad hoc analyses and special projects as requested to answer questions regarding buying office financial performance
Develop and maintain training guides and work step instructions.

COMPETENCIES:

Analysis and judgment
Accuracy
Business Acumen
Commitment
Planning and Organization
Adaptability
Technical Skills
Communication
Results Driven
Interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving
Integrity & Trust

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s degree required with demonstrated superior college performance (preferably in an analytical field)
Minimum of 3 years of finance/accounting experience or business-related financial analysis experience
Working knowledge of financial and accounting principles
Strong analytical ability – deal with ambiguity, synthesize complex data, draw business insights and error check and own work
Creative problem solver that can identify patterns from disparate sources and deliver comprehensive & actionable analyses
A detail oriented approach – must pay close attention to the details and have the drive to get things right
Strong organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects within tight timelines
Ability to cope with pressure and changing priorities with a focus on delivering results
Customer service mindset and ability to work with internal “clients” around the company
Ability to effectively communicate point of view to management and cross-functional teams
Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment
Strong Excel and Powerpoint skills, as well as ability to learn software applications (i.e. Hyperion & Peoplesoft Financial Systems)
Trustworthy with confidential financial information
Reliability (attendance and timeliness) important to ensure consistency of expense activities for the buying offices.
Proactively initiates changes to improve work processes

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:

Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

None


DISCLAIMER:

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion.

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.

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