Vice President of Finance, Global

Williams-Sonoma • San Francisco, CA 94102

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Date: Sep 12, 2018


Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-14100
Area of Interest: Finance
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


The Vice President is accountable for providing financial leadership for our multi-brand, multi-channel global business. This role is responsible for the Global P&L, leadership of the Finance team, and the strategic partnership with the Global Executive Team and with our Corporate Finance partners. This leader reports to the Executive Vice President, Global and is based in San Francisco, California.

Key Responsibilities:

* Set the strategic direction for developing long range plans and financial targets which are aligned across our company-owned and franchise businesses.
* Oversee all global financial processes to ensure accurate and compliant reporting, improve financial discipline and to develop insights about business performance.
* Provide financial analysis including ROIs for the development and launch of new businesses.
* Communicate clear financial direction, reporting and action items across the business.
* Lead the finance team in all aspects of strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and month end close process.
* Collaborate with Global colleagues:

* Inventory Planning and Merchandising teams for sales and margin strategies and promotions;
* Global E-commerce and Marketing team for marketing investment strategies.

* Partner with corporate FP&A and Accounting on all aspects of financial reporting and projections for the Global business. Assure alignment on financial strategies and accounting methodologies.
* Create a financially responsible and focused culture across the Global organization.
* Actively participates in the Global Executive Team (GET) as a leader of the entire business and with accountability for its performance.



* 10 - 15 years of progressive financial management experience including:

* 3 years in a senior financial leadership role;
* at least 5 years in an international business;
* with retail and consumer products experience a plus.

* Finance, economics or accounting degree required with a CPA or MBA preferred. Must have previous finance experience in a publicly traded company. Must have significant understanding and strong working knowledge of US GAAP.
* Experience within a "best practices" finance organization where finance is viewed as a business partner.
* Strong analytical, business acumen and technical skills including significant financial expertise in both accounting and forecasting. Expert at PowerPoint and Excel with experience with planning tools.

Leadership Competencies:

* Global Business Acumen -- Experience working in global, matrix organizations and adept at operating across geographies and cultures. The ability to think globally and locally.
* Drive for Results -- Pursues goals with purpose and a sense of urgency. Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality.
* Strategic Agility -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans. Able to work under pressure and to adapt to changing circumstances.
* Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Establishes high performance expectations by aligning individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.
* Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, board members and key external partners. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex financial concepts in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.
* Influence and Collaboration -- Builds collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.

WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration).


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland
Job Segment: Merchandising, Retail Sales, Strategic Planning, VP, Executive, Retail, Strategy, Management


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