Sr Financial Analyst - International Distributors

Columbia Sportswear
12 Sep 2019
11 Oct 2019
Contract type
Full time

We are seeking a senior financial analyst skilled in program ownership, cross–functional leadership, and strategic financial analysis. This position will own the Company's Global Gross Margin Program by providing margin direction, analytical tools and platforms to regional partners. In addition to the Gross Margin Program, you will also be responsible for all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting for International Distributors. A high level of autonomy is expected in supporting the overall objectives by providing direct finance support to the International Distributor organization as well as stakeholders of the Gross Margin program .


Expense Planning & Analysis
• Lead the development and compilation of annual budgets and periodic forecasts, as well as forecast to actual variances analysis for the International Distributor organization
• Ensure the financial objectives inherent in financial plans are consistent with underlying strategic and operational business plans
• Perform financial analysis to contribute toward controlling costs within the established budget and/or current forecast
• Take active part in development of the three year strategic and long range financial plan for the International Distributor organization

Gross Margin Program Support and Execution
• Support pricing and gross margin planning cycles for effective execution of the financial and profitability plans of the Company's product lines
• Develop best practices around profitability analysis to ensure that the results help drive performance and improve the accuracy of seasonal gross margin inputs into the financial plan
• Provide leadership, development, and support of the Gross Margin Program, including the related technical TM1 infrastructure necessary to support performance reporting and reporting automation
• Coordinate and standardize tools and processes
• Support Gross Margin Program platform, building enhancement requirements and troubleshooting issues and questions
• Facilitate preparation for Executive target margin setting and global margin review meetings, including Regional involvement
• Set and communicate seasonal global Gross Margin Program calendar dates, including Target setting and Final pricing
• Act as an internal resource and expert for users of the Gross Margin Program globally, assisting Product Line Finance teams in developing training materials and resources to build expertise and knowledge across key stakeholder groups
• Assist in leading GMP evolution and expansion through specific project work, both self–defined and corporately sponsored

Ad Hoc Analysis

• Support miscellaneous margin data requests not related to specific Brand or Region
• Provide ad hoc analysis and support for projects and analysis of operational initiatives
• Participate in special cross–functional projects as needed


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or a business–related field
  • Minimum 5+ years' experience in progressively responsible roles performing financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting and reporting duties
  • Models ability to serve as a strategic thought partner contributing meaningful improvements to the business' financial performance and/or business processes
  • Manage and contribute to complex and cross–functional business analyses
  • Advanced problem solving skills with the ability to identify potential and/or existing issues, evaluate available options and recommend corrective action
  • Capable of developing strong leadership and influencing skills to drive Gross Margin Program and project management forward
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal contacts both domestically and on an international scope
  • Possess the ability to translate, consolidate, and prepare financial statements, budgets and forecasts
  • Demonstrates strong financial modeling/analysis skills (including economic analysis concepts – IRR, NPV, etc.) with ability to evaluate and translate business performance and/or business proposals into an objective business case and financial evaluation
  • Ability to work with and process large amounts of data and use data analysis techniques such as regression, correlations, variance analysis, etc.
  • Possess strong interpersonal (written and verbal) communication skills, as well as excellent presentation skills and strong attention to detail

This job description is not meant to be an all–inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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