Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.
The Sr. Financial Analyst will be responsible for providing operating expense oversight, financial reporting, and business support to the Global IT department. Responsibilities include operating expense analysis, budgeting, forecasting, month-end close, reporting, and capital asset management.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Individual will serve as a key financial liaison between Corporate Accounting, multiple domestic and international business partners and a range of peer internal FP&A teams · Budgeting / Long-Range Plan: Participates in bottoms-up build of operating expense budgets/ LRP aligned with Corporate growth directive; inclusive of creating budget / LRP documents necessary to capture a comprehensive view of operational and strategic needs · Forecasting: Responsible for oversight and tracking of Corporate operating expense through monthly forecast submission · Month-End Financial Close: Responsible for the month-end financial close process including analyzing financial data in GL accounts for accuracy and completeness, review variances to budget and forecast, preparing correcting journal entries, and partnering with Corporate Accounting to ensure journal entries are supported with appropriate back-up · Capital Asset Management: Provide systems support in set-up and closure of capital projects as well as tracking expenditures validating treatment as capital vs. expense. · Collaborates with business partners (stand alone or with Manager) on a consistent basis to remain informed of business plans and their impact on the financials as well as to conduct monthly expense reviews · Assists Manager in identifying financial risks and opportunities; provides recommendations to mitigate · Promotes an environment of continuous improvement by identifying opportunities to create and implement process efficiencies · Assists Manager in preparation of financial reports and presentation materials to facilitate decision making · Assists with ad-hoc initiatives / analysis to support business needs
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
· Experience in Finance or Accounting; 2 years of finance/accounting experience; including operating expense management · Budgeting and forecasting experience in Corporate IT space: operating expenses, capital expenditures, SaaS agreements, as well as familiarity with accounting treatment of cloud computing arrangements · Experience with SAP · Proficient in Hyperion/Essbase; Microsoft Excel; PowerPoint · Strong communication and presentation skills, verbal and written, with the proven ability to influence senior leaders · Experience reading/interpreting IT agreements (MSA's; SOW's) a plus · Highly analytical and detail orientated with a high degree of accuracy; strategic thinker · Well organized with the ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously · Flexibility to reprioritize based on deadlines and priorities · Self-motivated / self-starter; works independently to identify and / or resolve issues · Team player possessing a strong work ethic; able to work in a fast-paced environment · Must demonstrate appropriate level of judgment, discretion, confidentiality, curiosity, and professional courtesy