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 Retail Finance Operations Analyst is a member of the India Sales audit team looking after all Ralph Lauren stores and Ecommerce activities in Europe and responsible for ensuring that Sales, Cash/Credit card settlements and Accounts receivable are completely and accurately accounted for and reported in the financial reporting. In this context the Analyst partners with other team members to ensure that Sales and Cash/Credit card settlements are reconciled, and differences are investigated and resolved in a timely manner. The Analyst oversees the accounting of Retail accounts receivables and is thus in charge of the completeness and accuracy of the financial reporting for that area, under both US GAAP and local EU statutory requirements. She/He is the subject matter expert for all accounting-related matters in the team and designs or validates the accounting scheme of every new process / interface / project. The Analyst takes part into multiple projects as the Retail environment evolves constantly and as new stores open-up, new payment methods are developed, new partnerships with payment providers are signed, etc. Given the nature of his/her role he/she partners with numerous and diverse partners both internally (store managers, retail operations, IT, accounting, FP&A, P&D, etc.) and externally (banks, payment providers, cash handling companies, etc.) and is thus a key actor of the Retail / Ecommerce activities in Europe.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Report regularly to Manager and UK team regarding potential write-offs and partner with UK team members to resolve aged differences.Investigate and resolve differences, Escalate, and partner with UK team when needed. Review daily cash and credit card activity and research any variances. Ensure daily Sales, credit card, PSP & Bank data is loaded into ReconNet, perform data integrity/completeness check, and resolve any differences. Utilize Trintech's ReconNet software to reconcile cash & credit cards between the POS, PSP Settlement, and Bank.Perform/Support investigation & resolve issues b/w retail systems to ensure completeness and accuracy of Sales data recorded in the Financial.Identify and drive process improvements and opportunities for automation and enhancements.Coordinate the collection of documents and responses for both external and internal auditors.Assess the accounting implications of each new project, enhancement or redesign of processes and validate accounting set-up before implementation.Act as subject matter expert for all Accounting-related matters and be the first point of contact for internal partners on these topics: FP&A, Accounting teams, P&D, etc.Prepare the accrual for Credit card fees, Gift Card fees for all EU stores and partner with FP&A to investigate unexpected movements and/or variances to forecast.Perform & be primary support to team members on month-end close activities for the areas of responsibilities: journal entries, balance sheet accounts reconciliations, analytical reviews, research etc.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
* Bachelor's degree in finance/Accounting/Business
* CWA, CPA, CA, CMA or similar qualification.
* Minimum 3 years related experience in Finance and/or External audit
* Advanced proficiency level in Microsoft excel (macros, power pivot, power query, etc.)
* Experience with Trintech ReconNet, SAP and Island Pacific a strong plus
* Fluency in English is mandatory.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Strong attention to detail and Analytical skills
* Can-do and problem-solving attitude
* Proven ability to think out-of-the box and propose innovative solutions.
* Ability to work well both independently as well as within a team environment.
* Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and escalate issues timely.
* Must be able to maintain an exemplary degree of professionalism in all situations.