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Sr. Financial Analyst, Brand Finance – North America in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 5/24/2019

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This position will work closely with Sales, Sales Planning, Brand Marketing and Product Management and provide financial expertise and recommendations that enable effective decision-making within the North American Retail & B2B businesses.           

Responsibilities Support the North American Retail & B2B Business Planning Process
Coordinate key phases of the annual planning process, including prior year business review and budget preparation
Analyze, prepare and present decks to P&L owners
Help build the baseline budget and recommend adjustments to estimated sales volume and revenue attainment based on key growth initiatives, market growth rates, opportunities and risks
Analyze key P&L metrics to provide insights into drivers,  including revenue, price, promotions and cost of goods
Communicate the risks and opportunities that may impact the budget
Support the monthly financial forecast process
Active participant in monthly business review meetings and IBP process
Partner with Sales, Sales Planning and Brand Managers to seek information to identify and improve results
Conduct insightful analysis addressing variances to plan, forecast and prior year; recommend forecast adjustments to financial forecast as needed
Provide meaningful commentary of business results to leadership team and business partners
Forecast, analyze and identify sources to improve P&L performance
Support the P&L Management Process for the Consumer & Industrial Businesses
Active participant in monthly and ad-hoc cross functional team meetings to review business segment performance vs. budget and financial forecast
Provide insightful analysis of  business performance, identify key drivers, trends and opportunities for improvement; present to business teams
Analyze and distribute profitability reports by business segment, product, channel and key customers, highlighting variances by on key metrics
Customize reporting needs for use by Sales and Brand Manager; enhance internal processes and reporting tools
Perform regular and ad-hoc analysis that leads to problem solving and business improvement recommendations
Support key initiatives to address gaps in performance
Sales & Marketing Support
Provide financial oversight to Sales and Marketing projects (including innovation) and ensure offerings are aligned with business objectives
Finance Lead for all key initiatives: Develop P&Ls, ROI Analysis, present financials to Stage Gate Committee
Assist with SKU productivity analysis
Evaluate performance of key initiatives and highlight risks and opportunities

Qualifications Education:     Bachelor’s degree in finance required. 
Experience:   5+ years of finance and business-related experience.  P&L management experience required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Well-rounded business acumen with proven skills in financial planning, budgeting and reporting
Proven track record of success with strong analytical ability to conduct research, data analysis and resolve complex problems as well as project management experience
Strong understanding of costing and expense management
Foundational knowledge of calculating ROI on trade and A&P investments
Must be well organized, able to work under time constraints and have the ability to multi task in a fast paced environment meeting deadlines as set by manager.
Must be enthusiastic, self-motivated and demonstrate excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well with peers, management and other departments.
SAP and BW or other relevant data warehouse experience preferred
Outlook, Excel, Word and Power point skills


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