Robert Half International Financial Analyst in Chicago, Illinois
I have a client in the Loop who is seeking to go contract to full-time for a Financial Analyst to join the growing finance department.
Please see details regarding the position below.
Provide support to wholesale and retail distribution centers by providing Key Process Measures (KPM) and business analytics used by Operations management to take actions directed at business improvements. Prepare and facilitate weekly and monthly management meetings designed to review KPM’s and establish follow-up action plans to improve financial performance. Work to increase speed and efficiency of reporting and improved levels of drill down and analysis of information. Actively participate in cross-functional process improvement teams working to improve key performance measures including quality, performance, operating expenses, returns & replacement part costs, kit receiving and yard driver metrics, and expense reductions, profitability improvements, storage capacity improvements including square footage storage requirements, forecasting growth and the changes to storage needs and utilization of the space. Ensure accountability for key business processes including returns, expenses, and supervisor and employee performance by monitoring reporting information and following up with Regional Directors and VP’s to ensure actions are being taken to facilitate improvements. Assist with compliance and reporting requirements including month-end closing (i.e., after hours Saturday close of business), audit requests, budget and forecast support, incentive calculations, validation of information such as expenses, returns, RADAR information, 3rd party communications and assists with physical inventories and special requests for information as needed. Present financial outcomes and action plans to business leaders, vice presidents and other members of the Finance department.
Education and Experience
Required Education - Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance or related field, or equivalent work experience
Required Experience - 1-3 years of experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of retail costing and inventory control systems Knowledge of operational accounting performance measures Knowledge of retail accounting systems Knowledge of budget planning and financial forecasting Strong attention to detail Excellent verbal and written communication skills Effective time management and organizational skills Work independently as well as in a team environment Analytical and problem-solving skills Handle multiple projects simultaneously within established time constraints Proficient computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Excel; internet Perform under strong demands in a fast-paced environment Respond professionally in situations with difficult employee/vendor/customer issues or inquiries
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