Senior Analyst, Merchandise Finance

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GENERAL PURPOSE:

The Senior Financial Analyst will deliver timely and accurate forecasts, budgets and analytics to the Merchandise department of Ross Stores. The Senior Financial Analyst will report to the Director of Merchandise Finance and will provide financial leadership to achieve expense targets. This includes developing financial models, analyzing trends, collaborating with budget owners and presenting insights to management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Deliver timely and accurate forecasts and budgets. Present trend analyses, manage changes and resolve issues. Provide transparency to methodology and confirm changes with business partners.

• Develop & optimize complex financial models that accurately capture expense spend by category. Analyze trends, establish assumptions and conduct what-if scenarios. Identify risks and opportunities & provide recommendations.

• Create financial reporting packages that summarize mid-month, month/quarter/year-end performance. Prepare management presentations that provide insights into G&A line codes with appropriate variance commentary.

• Collaborate with budget owners on month-end close activities in accordance with Accounting timeline and policies. Present accrual analyses, prepare journal entries and resolve issues. Develop controls to better track expenses and identify opportunities for reduction.

• Independently design and execute complex ad hoc analysis; gather necessary data; summarize insights; create clear written communication documents to present findings to senior and executive leadership.

• Drive standardization of finance activities and scalable routines, including development of 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)

• Prefer 3-5 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 daily reporting for the Company

• 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.