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As a dynamic hub of the Cornell University campus and a recognized national leader in collegiate retailing innovation, The Cornell Store team is constantly striving to deliver legendary customer service and quality retail products to meet the needs of the Cornell Community. In service of Cornell students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors, The Cornell Store team engineers and executes the operation success of a multi-channel retail business, including a 22,000 sq. ft. flagship campus store, an expansive e-commerce site, and 8 satellite locations throughout the Ithaca area and NYC, ultimately producing a cumulative $26 million in annual retail sales.
The Retail Finance Manager is a key member of the Cornell Retail Services senior management team and is responsible for managing and communicating the financial health of the organization. This includes producing budgets, forecasts, reports, income statements and dashboards, overseeing internal/external compliance, analyzing financial performance, serving as the business partner and advisor to the management team and developing strategies and plans for the organization to achieve short and long-term financial objectives. The Retail Finance Manager's primary purpose is to provide support, direction, guidance, and oversight in these areas, so Cornell Retail Services can flourish and grow while providing outstanding financial results and services to the Cornell community.
The position also functions as the primary liaison between Cornell Retail Services and centralized SCL Business Service Center, and helps to coordinate and lead activities related to departmental cash management, transactional data integrity, maintenance of adequate systems of records, and internal controls.
A successful Retail Finance Manager will:
Implement sound business, financial, and compliance practices to strengthen the organization and support unit managers
Develop highly effective relationships with key departmental and campus partners to ensure strong internal reporting and compliance connection points
Provide financial oversight over the breadth of Cornell Retail Services business platforms and serve as a key financial advisor for department managers and unit leaders
Monitor financial performance and work to build enhanced predictive business tools and forecasting models
Work in partnership with SCL Business Service Center to ensure that unit procedures effectively provide internal controls and comply with university policies and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
Ensure effective financial systems integrations and transactional integrity in close partnership with the SCL business services and IT teams
Provide regular and ad-hoc reporting to management and leadership teams to assist with business decision-making
Coordinate annual budget development, implementation, and monitoring activities in close partnership with the Sr. Director
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of related experience is required
Demonstrated experience in strategic financial planning and/or sales analysis in a fast-paced and high-volume enterprise, business, or university setting
Prior experience in navigating, implementing, and leveraging complex financial databases to review and report on company/unit performance
A high-level of organizational skills, time management skills, and attention to details.
Strong analytical, creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
MBA, CPA, or additional educational certification or experience relevant to the field is strongly preferred
Prior experience in a higher education, retail or food service industry or an equivalent high-volume enterprise business is strongly preferred
Knowledge of NetSuite accounting and financial reporting functionality
Strong working knowledge of organizational budgeting and accounting policies and practices, personnel policies and procedures, and conflict management and contract negotiating practices
Ability to work quickly, effectively under pressure, and use sound ethical judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a highly sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices
Experience implementing new systems, policies, procedures, and best practices, and ability to collaborate with others to assist in change management tactics
Proven record of accomplishment related to leading inclusive and diverse teams with varied goals and objectives and large independent scopes of responsibility.
Customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate (both written and verbal) with a broad range of clients, constituents, and customers.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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Finance Specialist IV
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