Financial Analyst

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The Financial Analyst (FP&A) would provide support in financial planning, analysis, reporting, consolidation, and compliance to adidas Group finance policies and guidance. The role assures the purposeful, controlled and efficient use of financial resources by transparent analysis to proactively support business decision making processes and by ensuring effective internal controls. This requires a detailed understanding of the business, the creation and monitoring of adequate and effective guidance & policies, correct and timely reporting as well as in-depth analysis combined with competent and professional business partnering. Good currency & legal structure understanding in doing business in a complex geographical area with 9 legal entities & 10 different currencies with SAP system landscape.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the business, supervisor, and senior management by giving market financial overview with accurate, timely and in-depth standard (EM/Global) reporting or selective ad hoc analysis.
  • Support in development and implementation of standardized business controlling processes & tools with ongoing drive for improvements & simplifications.
  • Maintain integrity of dynamic planning processes (forecast, budget, IBP, SBP) and support the monthly financial closing along with adidas Group standards/policies.
  • Act as a trusted consultant by closely partnering up with EM FP&A based in Dubai in order to translate business requirements into executable and efficient processes & tools.
  • Identify key issues and system bugs proactively by analyzing and comparing data from different sources of information. Provide creative recommendations and solutions.
  • Support approvals of Capex spending of all subsidiaries.
  • Controls T&E spending and provides regular detailed reporting on T&E of all subsidiaries.
  • Support reporting, business plan approvals and follow ups on Retail business.
  • Create transparency about business performance by analyzing and comparing data from different sources of information and prepare dash boards for Senior Management with variance analysis and recommendations regarding achievement for EM;
    • Monthly Quick Reporting
    • Monthly analysis of actual variances to budget/target and prior year
    • Weekly Tracking of Net sales
    • Quarterly analysis of variances forecast to target
    • Budget planning
    • Strategic Business Plan over several years
    • KPI Reporting
    • Ad-hoc analysis
  • Support small sized projects and/or actively participate in projects.
  • Implement adequate and aligned communication packages to present results, recommendations and solutions.
  • Apply state of the art analytical tools.
  • Keep up to date with trends in field of expertise.
  • Assume back up roles to cover colleagues for in advance assigned tasks.




  • On time submission of weekly/monthly Mgmt Reports (update & analysis)
  • Accuracy of actual reporting and forecasts validation
  • Validation of budget inputs based on actual and forecast reporting
  • Meet reporting deadlines


Key Relationships:


    • Director Financial Planning & Analysis, EM
    • Senior Management FP&A, EM
    • Manager FP&A, EM
    • Market Finance Team (FD, FP&A)
    • Market Commercial teams
    • Market Marketing teams
    • Other Market Functions (HR, Legal, IT, SCM)
    • Internal Control & Profit Protection Team
    • Group Finance
    • Group Functions Finance
    • Group Planning and Reporting
    • Group Brand and Sales Finance


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • High Attention to detail
  • Business understanding of processes and structure.
  • Analytical and financial modeling skills, comfort with Finance and Accounting principles and good financial statement analysis ability.
  • Independent handling of a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective plans and organizing work efficiently.
  • Desire and ability to work closely and collaboratively with EM markets, senior management and Global HQ.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Result orientation and pro-activity.
  • High degree of customer orientation.
  • Ability to accept and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maneuver in consistently changing environment.
  • Good analytics and presentation skills, managing large data quantities from multiple sources (SAP, Excel, BI).
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree in business administration with focus on Finance/Controlling with solid commercial experience
  • Experience in financial planning and analysis.
  • Advanced System expertise in Microsoft office (Excel, PowerPoint).
  • SAP experience is an advantage.
  • 2-4 years of experience in the same or similar field.
  • Solid accounting skills and experience.
  • Industry experience: ideally in retail/apparel/fashion/consumer goods.

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Financial Analyst

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Cape Town
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  WC
Country/Region:  ZA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  451989
Date:  May 10, 2022