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Job Description

Requisition Number: WE-10196
Area of Interest: Operations
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Senior Financial Business Analyst - West Elm

Who we are:

Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast-paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard-working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.

Core responsibilities:

* Analyze various data and key performance indicators pertaining to the retail and e-commerce business and provide comprehensive feedback, insight, and strategies to improve overall performance and profitability
* Create and maintain a collaborative working relationship with category DMM and their cross-functional teams serving as resource for all parties
* Provide analytical support to maximize product performance
* Conduct merchandising and financial analysis
* Develop and analyze sales reports highlighting future opportunities for growth
* Be dynamic and able to balance several projects and tasks simultaneously with the ability to hit strict deadlines
* Work as a self-starter and problem solver with minimal direction
* Be able to synthesize large amounts of information and provide timely insights
* Serve as an objective resource and influencer to all levels of the organization
* Optimize pricing and promotional strategies to maximize sales and margin
* Participate in promotional planning; track and recap competitive promotional activity
* Collaborate with our merchandising and inventory teams to manage their forecasting/ inventory/ordering strategy and plan down to maximize sales and minimize mark-downs


We are looking for candidates who possess the following:

* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Outstanding work ethic
* Agility/Leadership Potential
* Ability to work on multiple projects
* Entrepreneurial spirit
* Consulting skills
* Problem solving skills


* Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Finance or Retail Degree preferred
* Prior management position in a retail company (Senior Buyer/Planner/Manager) or 1-2 years of retail experience required prior to MBA completion
* MBA Graduation dates: May 2015 -- December 2016
* Previous retail internship preferred
* Above average excel skills
* Financial and analytical skills a must

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of the Company’s business sells its products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The direct-to-customer segment of the Company’s business sells similar products through its seven direct-mail catalogs and through six e-commerce Websites. The Company’s Williams-Sonoma stores offer a selection of culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods and cooking ingredients. The Company has two segments: retail and direct-to-customer. The catalogs reach customers in the United States, while the five retail concepts, as of February 1, 2009, operated 627 stores in 44 states. (Source: 10-K)

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