Manager Finance - Wholesale, Franchise & OOH, Financial, Planning and Analysis, EM

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation

As a key member of the team this position creates transparency across the Wholesale and Franchise channels within Emerging Markets (EM). The cornerstone activity of this role is planning, analysing and reporting for the adidas and Reebok Wholesale and Franchise channel business by partnering with all relevant stakeholders in alignment with globally defined standardized guidelines and processes. In addition, providing short term business cases and tactical decisions to ensure profitable business and sustainable growth with Emerging Markets wholesale key accounts. This position will also be responsible for the operating overheads across EM (including PEX management) to ensure accuracy, efficiency and transparency through consistent interaction with our subsidiaries and business leads. Support the Senior Leadership Team, EM FP&A TEAM of EM with business updates and ad hoc presentations.


Key Responsibilities

• Creating transparency and partner with commercial and finance counterparts based on the actual reporting and forecasting/budgeting process.
• Identify risks and opportunities and derive recommended action steps.
• Manage and execute standardized monthly and ad-hoc financial reporting / process and partner with business and Senior Management for enabling fact based decision making.
• Track KPI’s for strategic as well as short-term management of defined EM strategic/key accounts.
• Steer key account customer P&L by analysing and consulting on distribution and investment strategies (trade terms, SWB, overheads and OWC) to maximize profitability and optimize brand presentation.
• Coordinate, execute and participate in the budgeting process for Emerging Markets.
• Manage dynamic planning process (SBP, IBP, budget, forecast) as well as timely and accurate monthly, quarterly and year-end closing reporting according to Group policies (including monthly comments).
• Manage and execute Gross Sales, Sales Deductions, Returns, Standard Margin, Net Margin and Operating Overhead analysis for Wholesale and Franchise channel for making better business decisions

  by actively collaborating with business partners and EM countries.
• Manage and execute order-book / BOH analysis and validation on Risks and Opportunities. 
• Preparing updated management information to Group Finance on a regular basis related to actual achievements and forecasts (telco, ad hoc analysis).
• Reporting on all globally aligned KPIs for ad-hoc, short- and long-term planning in line with global standards.
• Identify significant improvement potential through variance analysis, derive solutions and facilitate related decisions.
• Manage and execute Operating Working Capital analysis (ageing of receivables, overdue receivables & inventory, non-current stock, clearance, accounts payable) for making better business decisions

  by actively collaborating with business partners and EM countries.
• Develop and create new processes, working methods, analytic tools, standards or operational plans and deliver results with direct impact on the WHS and FRA channel, department and overall targets.
• Develop business analysis & business plan thinking throughout EM.
• Provide support to EM countries regarding accounting treatment issues to ensure compliance with group regulations.
• Managing, monitoring, reporting and approving WHS and FRA Capex spending of all EM subsidiaries.
• Single point of contact for WHS and FRA related questions within Emerging Markets in terms of providing information and consolidation of results.
• Lead medium-large sized projects, implement findings and ensure sustainability of achievements, i.e. BOH, FMP, CPT.
• Act as single point of contact for PEX management for six Emerging Markets clusters, coordinating with HR, OWM and cluster teams to provide timely & accurate reporting and analysis for decision making in line with global strategy.
• Actively promote use of global OWM reports within EM, partnering closely with HR and OWM to ensure single version of truth.
• Provide inputs for scenario planning to facilitate decision making.
• OOH EM support in BI and SAP (actuals& planning).


• On time submission of Management Reports.
• Accuracy of actual reporting and forecasts validation.
• Validation of budget inputs based on actual and forecast reporting.
• Meet reporting deadlines.

Key Relationships

• Managing Director of EM
• VP Finance Emerging Markets
• WHS/FRA Excellence Senior Director
• Finance Director cluster EM and cluster FP&A teams
• Senior Manager FR&A EM
• All Market Directors EM
• Internal Control & Profit Protection Team EM
• Group Finance (Planning & Reporting, Sales Finance)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior managers, stakeholders and cross functional business leaders.
• Comprehensive business understanding of processes and structure.
• Good currency and exchange rate impact understanding in doing business in a complex geographical area with multiple clusters, subsidiaries and currencies with SAP system landscape knowledge.
• Desire and ability to work closely and collaboratively with other members of senior Finance leadership team at Market and Global level.
• Ability to think and act strategically and develop operational plans.
• Excellent analytical (managing large data quantities from multiple sources), written, oral, organizational, and presentation skills for persuasion and convincing business partners and senior management.
• Ability to operate cross-functionally in a consistently changing environment and understanding of external business drivers.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

• Advanced degree or qualification in Finance/ Controlling, Economics or Accounting (CA, CPA or CIMA membership or similar accounting Body).
• Advanced MS-Office knowledge
• Familiarity with SAP (CO/ BI), and other relevant adidas and industry Finance systems/analytical software a major plus.
• 5 - 10 years of experience in Controlling or Business Analysis
• Broad and deep knowledge of Sales Controlling
• Exposure: analytical skills, figures
• Industry experience: ideally in apparel/fashion/consumer goods or FMCG

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:  Manager Finance - Wholesale, Franchise & OOH, Financial, Planning and Analysis, EM

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Cape Town
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  WC
Country/Region:  ZA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  295048
Date:  Apr 8, 2021