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 Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for providing operating expense review, financial reporting, and business support to the Global Licensing & Home department. Responsibilities include operating expense tracking, budgeting, forecasting, month-end close, analysis & reporting and pro forma modeling.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Individual will serve as a key financial liaison between licensees, accounting department, multiple domestic and international business partners and a range of peer internal FP&A teams · Budgeting / Long-Range Plan: Assists with 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 the tracking and accuracy of Licensing / Home revenue and operating expense through monthly forecast submission · Month-End Financial Close: Supports the month-end financial close process including analyzing financial data in GL accounts for accuracy and completeness, reviewing variances to budget and forecast, preparing journal entries, and partnering with Corporate Accounting to ensure journal entries are supported with appropriate back-up · Collaborates with business partners on a consistent basis to remain informed of business plans and their impact on the financials as well as to help facilitate monthly expense reviews · Provide ad hoc ROI analysis to support the business teams' initiatives · 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 in operating expense management · Budgeting and forecasting experience in Licensing/Retail space a plus · Experience with SAP · Experience with Hyperion/Essbase/Smartview · Proficient in Microsoft Excel (Pivots, v-lookups, etc.) · Strong communication and presentation skills, verbal and written, with the ability to influence · 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