Nordstrom Director of Finance - Sales, Gross Margin & Inventory in Seattle, Washington

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A day in the life…

The director of sales and gross margin is responsible for managing and driving the monthly presentation of results to the executive team and will build, develop and lead the Inventory Accounting & Analysis, Sales Audit and Vendor Allowance (comprised of Vendor Services and Cosmetics Business Office) teams. In addition, this position will identify and recommend new or revised strategies to support the changing and evolving business objectives associated with sales, gross margin, inventory and vendor allowances, while driving improvements for increased efficiency. We are looking for an experienced individual to develop strategy for inventory, sales audit and vendor allowances.


Oversee the development, implementation and ongoing management of accounting, reporting and analysis for sales, gross margin, inventory, vendor allowances and related areas

  • Maintain the financial integrity of inventory valuation, including the physical inventory process

  • Partner with business units and others to anticipate future business changes and challenges with respect to sales and gross margin and proactively develop and implement new or revised plans

  • Provide direction and leadership for the Inventory Accounting & Analysis, Sales Audit and Vendor Allowance teams in developing strategies and practices to support the Company's long-range goals

  • Build and develop these teams to drive higher levels of performance and overall results

  • Stay current on industry practices and issues, assessing and communicating their potential impact on the business

  • Develop and monitor department budgets

You own this if you have…

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in management and leadership roles

  • 3-5 years management experience with areas related to inventory, sales and gross margin

  • Retail or Nordstrom experience

  • Ability to interact with peers and leadership across all Nordstrom functions

  • Extensive experience providing analysis, advice and direction in support of a business

  • Demonstrated success in the development and execution of strategic, cost-effective business plans

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Proficiency in MS Windows and Office suite, especially Powerpoint

  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills

We’ve got you covered…

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision and dental coverage, a fabulous merchandise discount, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase plan and much more depending on your role.

/We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a diverse environment./

This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work employees can expect within this particular job classification. It is certainly not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required for this job.


Job: *Accounting/Finance/Audit

Title: Director of Finance - Sales, Gross Margin & Inventory

Location: Washington-Seattle

Requisition ID: 270330