Sales Finance Analyst
The Financial Analyst will play a key role to support the Sales department with financial analysis. This is a role that is externally focused and enables the Sales team to accelerate profitable topline growth. The candidate needs to have strong analytical skills, business acumen, and she/he needs to be a good communicator. The role has exposure to Senior Management including the CFO, VP of Sales, and VP of Marketing. This role will report to the Sales & Marketing Controller. Key responsibilities include:Analyze trade spending and work with account managers to eliminate waste and increase return on promotional investment.Support the preparation of customer negotiations with financial analysis, including financial modeling for new products.Recommend actions to improve product mix, gross margin, as well as customer profitability.Champion process improvements in the areas of trade fund management and accounts receivables.Analyze monthly variances vs plan, communicate results to management, and recommend interventions to ensure target delivery.Support key finance / company–wide planning processes including:Annual Budget and interim forecast updatesMonthly Rolling Net Sales ForecastsMarketing Plan Dialogue (MPD)Selling Plan Dialogue (SPD) TO BE CONSIDERED AN APPLICANT FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SHOW HOW YOU MEET THE BASIC QUALIFICATIONS AS OUTLINED IN THE REQUIREMENTSBasic QualificationsBachelor's degreeMinimum 2 years of financial or business/sales analytics experiencePreferred Qualifications5 years of financial or business/sales analytics experienceMBACommercial finance experience in the CPG industryStrong drive, resilience, and passion to deliver resultsExcellent oral and written communication skillsAdvanced Excel skills with experience in building financial modelsStrong systems skills, preferably SAPWillingness and flexibility to vary hours and efforts according to deadlinesAbility to work autonomouslyCompany DescriptionRussell Stover Chocolates is a leader in the manufacturer of boxed chocolates. The company's three brands – Russell Stover, Whitman's and Pangburn's – are sold in the United States through company–owned retail stores and 70,000 wholesale accounts. After nearly 100 years in operation the company manufactures approximately 100 million pounds of chocolate candies each year in its proud tradition of being "Made in America" and "Handcrafted in Small Batches". In September 2014, Russell Stover Chocolates was acquired by Lindt and Sprungli, the world leader in premium chocolates. This was the largest acquisition in the history of Lindt and Sprungli which has operations in over 40 countries across the globe. Russell Stover Chocolates joins sister companies Lindt USA and Ghirardelli to form a powerful confectionery triad in North America. Employment by Russell Stover Chocolates is contingent upon I–9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification, and satisfactory reference and background checks.Russell Stover Chocolates is an EOE/MINORITY/FEMALE/VET/DISABLED employer. Principals only please.