Senior Financial Analyst - Pet Finance

The J. M. Smucker Company - Cleveland, OH3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $100,000 a year
The Senior Analyst SBA Finance is responsible for all financial aspects of a specific brand or set of brands. S(he) will also be responsible for helping the Smucker Business Area (SBA) Finance team support the broader category, other brands or the Pet SBA as needed. The person in this role is accountable for the forecast, plan and LRP process for their brand(s). A comprehensive understanding of the P&L and linkages between top and bottom line variables will be critical. Business insights, reporting and analytics will be required. The person(s) in this role partners closely with Brand Marketing, Innovation, Brand Commercialization (BC) and Revenue Growth Management (RGM) to manage and grow the portfolio through marketing campaigns, new items, distribution expansion, pricing/trade and SKU optimization. This role directly performs financial analysis and communicates actual and/or anticipated results through insightful dialogue, reporting and scenario modeling. This position is part of the financial analyst rotation program.


Business Analytics and Growth

Maintain focus on business trends to deliver short and long-term objectives for the SBA/company. Develop understanding of category, consumer and competition to drive decisions rooted in strategy
Provide cross-functional business support to SBA constituents (Marketing, Innovation, BC, etc.) by sharing financial perspective to inform business decisions
Partner with Customer, Supply Chain and Plant Finance team(s)s to ensure complete and accurate understanding of financial results and outlook; identify solutions as appropriate
Analyze business opportunity scenarios and communicate implications/outlook
Prepare income statement analysis and multi-year financial projections related to new item launches
Perform pre/post launch new item financial analysis and provide guidance (NPV, IRR, Payback, margin)
Lead SKU optimization for defined brands and/or SBA
Financial Planning and Analysis

Understand how Corporate, Brand, Customer and Plant planning/forecasting cycles interact to create financial outlook for the SBA and broader company
Ensure accurate and timely completion of month-end actuals and forecast for defined brand(s)
Communicate actual and anticipated results through insightful dialogue and reporting; clearly articulate assumptions and drivers
Provide fact-based decision support to business partners and leadership team(s)
Support Corporate Finance requests as needed (i.e. new item reporting, Audit and Investor Relations schedules)
Present financial data at monthly brand business reviews and financial reviews as needed
Lead required analysis and processes to support the development of the Annual Financial Plan (AFP) and Long-Range Plan (LRP)
Interpret and communicate how changes in cost outlook impacts profitability; Partner with RGM to understand pricing implications
Process & Analysis

Partner with broader FP&A team to identify business uses for Spotfire and develop tools accordingly; Support efforts through coaching and training
Support department and SBA projects as needed. This may include process improvement, standardization, simplification, technological advancement


Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting is required

Minimum of three years’ financial analysis experience is a must
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
CPG experience is desired, but not required

Intermediate Excel experience (including v-lookups & pivot tables) is required
Spotfire or other data analytic tools is a plus
Hyperion experience is a plus
Project management skills are a plus
Strong cross-functional communication skills are a must (i.e. working with other teams and leading meetings)
GAAP knowledge is a plus