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finance manager, north america

Boston, Massachusetts Date posted 03/08/2019 Schedule Full-time

Converse is the story of a sneaker that started on the court and moved to the stage and street. We’re a company ready for change and that’s who we hire: the most malleable, the most innovative, and the most creative. Our clothes and sneakers have been worn by rebels, rockers, rappers, artists, thinkers, and individuals. So that’s why we hire individuals. So we’re speaking the same language.

Money, Money Money – So Important You Have to Sing It Three Times

You know money. You have hung out with money and money trusts you. And we need someone we can trust with money. Here’s our proposal: we will make unique, interesting stuff that people want. You will handle the money and tell us what money is saying to you and we listen to you and everyone will make more money and we will get to make more unique things because of you. That’s the equation.

As the Finance Manager for the Converse North America team, you will join one of the most iconic global consumer brands. As a Finance Manager, you'll actively interpret and review financial results with business leaders, including trends/issues and opportunities, to drive actionable responses, participate in functional discussions and initiatives across departments and provide input into business unit planning. You will also play a key role in activities related to Converse’s Financial Planning processes (forecasting, budgeting and out-year planning), which provides unique visibility to all P&L levers and financial metrics across the North America business portfolio. You'll develop internal and/or external partnerships that leverage resources and improve business unit responsiveness; prepare and distribute timely and insightful financial analysis of pertinent information to determine progress against strategic plan, budget, forecast, and to support external financial decisions. You will effectively partner with a broad set of stakeholders within Finance, Sales, Integrated Marketplace, Operations, etc. in the areas of:
• Preparing and owning the financial model that supports both the 3-year Strategic Review and Annual Operating Plan
• Implement the monthly forecasting process for North America and by integrated marketplace dimension
• Monitor progress against budgets/targets and work with leaders to ensure accountability; and working capital is efficiently and effectively being used
• Help generate budgets that incorporate strategic business plan objectives based on appropriate assumptions
• Providing input and commentary related to actuals performance and go forward forecasts
• Collaborating with cross-functional teams to clearly present risks/opportunities
• Conducting ad-hoc analysis in support of strategic initiatives and improving profitability. This may include analysis on new business opportunities, which could include scenario and investment analysis
• In addition, you’ll work towards streamlining processes and tools in respect to business planning, aiming to improve efficiencies without sacrificing quality

To succeed in the role, you must be a self-starter who can work with limited oversight. You must possess excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail paired with the ability to identify the bigger picture, a excellent work ethic and a desire to continuously learn and help evolve the department and how we service our internal customers.

  • Bachelor's degree in a business-related field with emphasis in finance or accounting
  • MBA is a plus but not required
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, investment analysis, economic profit analysis, accounting and/or budgeting at a Fortune 500 company
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills while being independent and resourceful
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others and being resourceful in solving problems autonomously
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent information seeking skills and drive to make things happen
  • Ability to exercise high degree of professionalism
  • Client service attitude
  • Innate desire to continuously explore, learn, and exercise intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to pass a 7-year background investigation

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different

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