District Financial and Operations Analyst

H&M - Houston, TX3.8

Full-time
Here’s what’s possible for H&M DISTRICT CONTROLLERS:
To be perfectly honest, we initially considered calling this position “Operations & Profit Coach”. While accurate, it didn’t quite roll off the tongue. Our District Controllers are the “analytic leaders” responsible for maximizing sales and minimizing variable costs of stores within a geographic district. They work with the Store Managers and District team members to improve the efficiencies of store operations, support in financial planning and optimize garment flow, ultimately ensuring maximized profits. You know, doing the things that make it possible for us to bring fashion to everyone.

Title: District Controller

Function: District

Department: Controlling

Reports to: District Manager and dotted line to Regional Controller

Direct Reports: Store Operations Manager(s) has dotted line, if applicable

Overall Job Function: Responsible for maximizing sales and minimizing variable costs of stores within a geographic district(s) by optimizing and monitoring the efficiencies of store operations, and ensuring that costs are controlled and profits are maximized

Job Responsibility including but not limited to:
People Development

Train and develop teams in profitable retailing (store operations, shop logistics)
Provide consistent feedback, evaluations and performance reviews to the Operations Manager(s), if applicable
Conduct controlling function-related trainings and workshops for store teams and district team(s)
Sales and Cost Planning

Challenge and promote cost consciousness and effectiveness within district(s)
Responsible for the annual budget and the goal-setting process within the district(s)
Create and partner with store management teams and district managers as needed for annual sales, worked hours, salary and variable cost budgets; and quarterly sales and hours plans for all stores within district utilizing historical data, known events and benchmarking
Monitor, analyze and benchmark weekly and daily sales and hours plans and results from stores
Monitor, analyze, and benchmark transpose the results compared to budget and responsible to take actions on deviations to the budget
Create midyear and fourth quarter sales, worked hour, salary and variable cost forecasts
Update and control all sales and worked hour figures in various H&M systems
Conduct weekly and monthly concept performance analysis and benchmark and regularly communicate these findings and conclusions to district and store teams
Identify business opportunities from sales performance, benchmarking and proposing concrete actions based on the analysis for the district team
Perform monthly follow-up of all variable costs and take action when costs exceed budget
Serve as liaison with Accounting Department regarding follow-up of costs in district and invoice flow
Create business proposals with appropriate district team members for district initiatives including concept changes and layout moves and conduct sales, cost and profit analysis
People Planning

Work with the store management teams and district managers to ensure that staff plans operate in accordance to H&M’s business needs and policy, based on sales peaks, customer demands, garment replenishment and the general store functions necessary for efficient operation
Work with stores to achieve or exceed Sales and sold-pieces-per-hour goals
Set and monitor the ideal staff levels and availability of store teams to ensure efficiency and compliance with ideal store plans
Input, monitor and update the staff planning portion of the H&M Scheduling, Time, Attendance and Registration system
Allocations

Responsible for flow of garments from warehouse to shops, ensuring the correct balance of stock levels to sales
Communicate, train and develop store and district teams in pertinent allocation information
Analyze and take action on over- and understock stores, concept and department situations utilizing specific tools and programs
Optimize sales logistics, including the creation and pertinent updates to delivery schedules
Communicate and partner with regional and support Office team (i.e., Supply Chain Controller and Merchandisers), District team and Store teams to achieve company and concept stock goals
Ensure that stores within the district follow up on proper reduction and garment flow procedures
Financial Accountability

Work with 1-2 districts, each containing 10-30 stores and totaling $40 - 300 million in annual sales
Minimum Candidate Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree, preferably with a finance, business or economics major
1-3 years of retail experience, preferably in retail management
1-3 years in a business analyst or finance role

Competencies:
Sales-driven and results-oriented
Detail oriented, with strong organizational, time management and interpersonal skills
Strong problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Store orientation and commitment to store management development
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to adapt to company-specific systems
Flexibility and willingness to adapt to change
Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
Ability to work as part of a team
Platform training skills and ability to communicate complex technical information in a simple way
Budgeting and forecasting experience
Strong analytical skills
Willingness to relocate preferred
Ability to travel to stores 50%-80% of time
Job Status: Exempt

EEOC Classification: PRO