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The Hershey Company Analyst SG&A in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Title: SG&A Analyst * Location:* Hershey, PA NOTE: This position can be 100% remote. * Function: Finance The SG&A COE 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 very closely with budget owners. 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. Emphasis will be placed on assisting Corporate business partners in delivering against SG&A productivity initiatives (projects and on-going annual productivity). This position also requires proficiency to perform financial analysis. The position will assist in the development of tools and processes that enable budget owners to make timely and informed decisions rooted in fact-based data. The role will develop and present specific actionable insights to business partners he/she supports to assist in the resolution of unfavorable variances to Plan. The SG&A Analyst requires personal leadership, initiative, cross-functional teamwork, ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, perform deep dives but never lose the big picture, and a solid level of business knowledge. This individual will drive influential decision-making and will present recommendations to Senior-level leaders. * Duties & Responsibilities _ Budget & Forecast Management 50%_ * Owns SG&A budget management and relationship with budget owners * Collaborates with budget owners through the annual plan and quarterly budget updates * Employs cost–benefit analysis to review financial requests and develop recommendations * Loads planning data is into SAP/CFIN during the budget process and prepares reconciliations between the systems * Communicate with budget owners during planning and close cycles to ensure we are capturing expenses appropriately and updating forecast for new information * Sets the annual Plan for non-people costs within policy guidelines, and with a reflection on external trends (e.g. fuel trends, airfare trends, etc.) * Assists with preparing the planning system for user entry * Supports other SG&A team members (US, ERP, Int’l) through the budget process, as needed _ Budget & Forecast Analysis, Reporting, and Guidance 40%_ * Prepare variance explanations and bridge variances vs plan/forecast to assist management in presentation of monthly results * Prepare specific suggested actions budget owners can take to solve projected unfavorable gaps/variances. * Support SG&A team in operationalizing productivity initiatives across budget owners that specifically affect the non-people costs * 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. * Review monthly results and gather supporting documentation to prepare journal entries, as appropriate * Perform on-going trend analysis on spend groups to flush-out cost efficiencies, identify possible opportunities, and present these findings for expense control Continuous Improvement. * Ensure internal targets/goals are met * Work with other groups (FDS, GBS, etc.) to ensure Hershey policy and GAAP are followed * Support maintaining the department calendar that facilitates communicating deadlines to budget owners, as well as managing department deadlines _ Adhoc/Special Projects 10%_ * 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 * Support the SG&A Power BI reporting tools (refresh data, enhancements, training) * Qualifications/Education/Certifications:* * BA/BS in Finance, Accounting or Business (preferred) * Experience:* * 2 -5 years of experience or equivalent expertise in financial planning and analysis (preferred) * Skills / Knowledge:* * Proven partnership skills with non-finance functional Leaders * Proven ability to influence for successful outcomes * Strong drive for results to deliver against goals * An established working knowledge of SAP (CCA, PA, BW, Finance) * Expert working knowledge of Excel * 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 LI-SW2 The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact the HR Service Center (askhr@hersheys.com).