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Analyst SG&A - The Hershey Company - Hershey, PA or Remote





The SG&A Analyst supports the Selling, General and Administrative expenses across Sales, Marketing and Divisional Expenses. The SG&A team is focused on partnering with business owners to develop and consolidate financial plans and communicate performance against those plans. The team enables Leadership to appropriately allocate resources across the business, so there is an equitable opportunity to deliver business objectives to ensure we are enabling Hershey’s growth agenda.


This position will be supporting and working with budget owners and with the ERP PMO. This will require an analytical, financial-minded professional that is comfortable and effective in collaborating with both finance and non-finance business partners to ensure that budgets are correctly planned and spent. This position will deal with large volumes of data that will be analyzed using various tools and systems including Excel, Power Bi, Alteryx, SAP.


The SG&A Analyst requires personal leadership, initiative, cross-functional teamwork, ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, perform deep dives in various data to assist in identifying drivers, and a solid level of business knowledge. This individual will have the opportunity to drive influential decision-making and present recommendations to senior-level leaders.


Duties & Responsibilities

Budget & Forecast Management

• Collaborates with Sr. SG&A Analyst and budget owners through the annual plan and quarterly budget updates

• Loads planning data is into SAP/CFIN during the budget process

• Communicates with budget owners during planning and close cycles to ensure we are capturing expenses   appropriately and updating forecast for new information

• Assists in setting the annual Plan for non-people costs within policy guidelines, and with a reflection on external trends

• Assist in trend analysis development to assist in determining gaps and risks and opportunities in various business areas

• Assists with preparing the planning system for user entry including the templates used by the business

• Supports other SG&A team members through the budget process, as needed

Financial Reporting & Analysis

• Assist in preparing variance explanations and bridge variances vs plan/forecast including the presentation of monthly results that are reviewed with business leaders each month

• Support SG&A team on specific actions the budget owner(s) can take to solve for projected unfavorable gaps/variances versus estimate.  This would include activities such as pulling data, preparing analysis, gathering data from budget owners, etc.

• Assist in reviewing monthly results and gather supporting documentation to prepare journal entries, as appropriate

• Attend bi-weekly ERP budget meetings with Project Managers to gather insights on spending and assess changes to project scope and resources

Adhoc/Special Projects

• Assist in developing new tools and/or processes that allow budget owners to make fact-based decisions

• Create a systematic/consistent process to capture risks and opportunities

• Review current planning process and recommend improvements

• Support other SG&A team members on surge activities when they arise

• Participate and or lead cost saving initiatives to improve processes and reduce expenses


Education Preferred

BA/BS in Finance, Accounting or Business

1-3 years of experience or equivalent expertise in financial planning and analysis


Skills / Knowledge:

• Proven partnership skills with non-finance functional Leaders

• Strong attention to detail and deadlines

• An established working knowledge of SAP (CCA, PA, BW, Finance)

• Expert working knowledge of Excel and working with various systems and platforms

• Strong collaboration skills

• Strong analytical and forecasting skills

• Process oriented

• Problem solver

• Strong communication and soft skills

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/areas of responsibilities simultaneously


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Analyst SG&A in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States | Finance at Hershey (thehersheycompany.com)

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