• Business Analyst

    Job Locations US-MA-Waltham
    Job Function
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    Full Time
  • General Function


    Founded in 1916, Keds® redefined footwear with the introduction of the Champion sneaker. The iconic design was one of the first options to provide women with accessible, fashionable footwear and ignited a style revolution. Over the past 100 years, Keds® have been worn by iconic women such as Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O and Yoko Ono. In 2015, Keds® introduced the Ladies First Since 1916 platform in over 80 global markets and launched a powerful new era in its history. 2016 marks the brand’s centennial year, celebrating 100 years of fashionable footwear and a passion for female empowerment. At Keds, we’re dedicated to our consumers and proud of our heritage. We are focused on pushing the brand forward in innovative and unexpected ways. We are seeking passionate people to join our collaborative team during a truly momentous year for the brand.


    The Business Analyst is responsible for driving and creating all internal and external brand reporting. The successful candidate will perform research, analysis, and reporting of sales and financial trends, as well as financial, product forecasting, demand planning support, and various other reporting tasks to help the leadership team plan and manage the brand’s continued growth. This position will play a key role for the brand’s global wholesale team by analyzing, interpreting and evaluating sales data to produce actionable steps to enhance sell-in and sell-through as well as to create reporting necessary to evaluate the division’s performance. The person in this role will also interpret/analyze results to provide insight into key drivers for the leadership team.

    Primary Duties

    • Develops long range account growth plans in conjunction with brand leadership and manager.
    • Responsible for key financial weekly reporting including weekly ship and open, quarter trends and variance to plan and forecast
    • Provide margin guidance by season, incorporating costing guidance from Sourcing teams to aid finance in long range planning process
    • Provide global forecasts for key milestone meetings to share with regional sales teams for a clear set of goals for all regions
    • Provide insightful seasonal product reporting with actual vs. forecast/plan
    • Consolidating revenue and margin forecast based on current inventory
    • Responsible for analyzing key sales trends weekly (bookings, at-once, cancels) to provide insight into variances/trends
    • Responsible for training on PLM to develop a weekly reporting cadence to Sales/Product (SKU count, margin, fob changes, line updates, etc.)
    • Responsible for pricing audits and margin trends to ensure wholesale prices are set to drive healthy margin; track PO pricing each week to ensure all PO’s are priced correctly in backlog and create seasonal pricing review meetings to track potential margin improvements
    • Consolidate global inventory schedules by division with demand planning and update forecast/plan in SAP in-line with corporate deadlines
    • Work with commercial teams on market trend insights to predict future mix of business
    • Responsible for account product forecasting process and ensures planning tool is accurate and includes total product line
    • Provides analysis on product forecasts compared to sales’ goals by quarter and on order
    • Create and maintain seasonal Demand Planning buying tool
    • Provide quarterly SKU analysis for corporate metrics tracking
    • Summarizes weekly reporting on orders, shipments, and backlog with comparisons against key benchmarks and creates actionable items on trends and marketplace changes.
    • Provide sales team with ad hoc reporting needs (i.e. current inventory availability and potential special immediate sales incentives, potential at-once deals)
    • Track seasonal sales by territory, key accounts and independent accounts
    • Complete seasonal pricing loads and address pricing issues throughout the season.
    • Maintain pricing, trade discounts, terms, promos, and K2 requests
    • Work with customer service on vendor compliance issues
    • Maintain SAP coding for sales reps, accounts, channels, etc
    • Work with Wolverine and SPS to report on retail selling reports
    • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
    • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business or equivalent.
    • 4+ years of work experience related to finance, accounting, sales or operations
    • Highly organized and self-motivated.
    • Must have excellent communication skills and must be detail oriented.
    • Ability to work well in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
    • Proven ability to work on multiple priorities while still achieving agreed upon deadlines.
    • Experience working with PC database applications, SAP reporting, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation and sales projection models is required.
    • Strong Microsoft Office skill set with an emphasis on advanced Excel skills.



    Normal office environment. Some domestic travel may be required.

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.


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