Job 1 applicant Associate Company Job Name of the position: Senior Financial Analyst Company: Sephora Job ID

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Name of the position: Senior Financial Analyst

Company: Sephora

Job ID: 165928
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 525 Market St, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Finance

Beauty is serious business. Our accountants, analysts, and managers balance the bottom line with multiple budget priorities and revenue streams. These talented, passionate, and meticulous financial professionals keep their eyes on our numbers to report, plan, and advise—to act as true partners to the business and keep our amazing growth on track.

Your Role At Sephora

The Senior Financial Analyst supports the Finance Manager of US Retail organization. The Senior Financial Analyst will be directly involved areas regarding forecasting/budgeting, analytics, and reporting specifically surrounding landlord charges of the 400+ leases in the US Sephora brick-and-mortar fleet. This role will include providing variance analysis expenses including all costs of the lease, clearly explaining the business reasons for variances and adjusting outlook models to reflect operational adjustments. The Senior Financial Analyst must have strict attention to detail and an ability to set and meet tight deadlines will be critical for success.

Position Responsibilities

Support all key financial processes related to landlord charges including partnering with key stakeholders to produce the annual budget, strategic plan, biannual forecasts and monthly reporting/analytical support
Partner with the real estate team to understand all key drivers in the business, ensure consistency between lease terms and forecasting assumptions, and track savings initiatives such as co-tenancy failures, CAM, RET, etc.
Manage the store P&L model by location type and analyze variances to drive savings opportunities and identify key outliers
Support the Monthly close process including preparation of variance reports and analysis with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness
Perform ad hoc analysis to dreive data decision making for the leadership team
Acquire and maintain a thorough understanding of the strategeis, business issues, risks and profitability opportunities
Skills And Experience Requirement

At least 4+ years of related business experience, ideally with proven experience in forecasting, budgeting, and monthly close activities
Intermediate accounting knowledge required, knowledge of IFRS 16 a plus
Basic knowledge of lease terms and financial impact required
Superior Excel financial modeling skills and Financial Systems, SAP and BPC a plus
Requires a self-starter, ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively
Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational and task management skills
Ability to partner cross functionally with all levels of the organization
Thrives on an environment that is fast-paced, rapidly changing, and customer service-oriented
Proven ability to interpret and synthesize data into intelligent business decisions
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field
Company Overview

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands – including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora’s curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world’s premier digital beauty destination.

Assignment: Based on my resume and on the job posting, please write a cover letter. I have uploaded Cover Letter requirements

Then, write a one-page, single spaced analysis to include an explanation of which portions you addressed from the job posting and why.

IOANARALU05@GMAIL.COM / 571-521-9848 / / LinkedIn
Sept 2018 – Present
School of Business – Finance
Current GPA: 3.8/4.0
Nominated on Dean’s list
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
August 2013 – May 2018
Associate Degree in Business Administration
Final GPA: 3.36/4.0
Graduated with “Cum Laude”
Owner/Operator, June 2015 – December 2018
• Increased sales by 10% year over year during ownership resulting in adding two party rooms
to accommodate the growth
• Processed daily transactions
• Effectively managed daily, monthly and annual finances through accurate forecast of cash flow
and sales, including tracking monitoring profit and loss (P&L)
• Assisted accounting to establish good financial procedures and systems to monitor the
financial health of the business
• Drove and supported strong focus on customer satisfaction, loyalty and follow-up; established
customer-centric culture of communication and collaboration
• Led marketing promotions at events and trade shows to increase brand awareness
• Responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff
• Prepared and conducted training and coaching to employees to improve their service delivery
and work productivity
• Collaborated with lawyers, realtors and accountants in driving the sale of the business
Party Host / Front Desk Representative, February 2014 – June 2015
• Scheduled and organized children’s birthday parties
• Assisted customers by answering questions and trying to anticipate their needs in advance to
provide an excellent customer experience
• Demonstrated outstanding courtesy and strong interpersonal skills in all customer interactions
• Supported Chief Operating Officer with daily operational functions
• Processed daily transactions and monthly financial reconciliations
Sales Representative, September 2012 – February 2014
• Exceeded established sales goals and increased client retention by 15% in 3 months
consecutives (June through September 2013)
• Trained and mentored new sales representatives
• Responsible for all the sales and general support in the bras’ section and fitting rooms
• Developed strong rapport with customers resulting in employee of the month designation
IOANARALU05@GMAIL.COM / 571-521-9848 / / LinkedIn
• Proficient in financial data analytics and financial management
• Project management and planning
• Proficient in MS Office tools – Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access
• Communications and contract negotiations
• Leadership – team leading, creating an atmosphere of trust through personable staff coaching
• Risk Management problem solving
• Romanian (fluent)
Academic Achievements
BUS 303: Advanced Professional Skills
Cover Letter Critique Form (for peer review of cover letter)
Name of reviewer: ____________________________________
Name of cover letter writer: ____________________________________
Evaluation Criteria
The letter demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge of the position and the organization.
The letter is written in professional business letter format (single spacing within paragraphs,
left-aligned text, proper date and address info at the top, etc.).
The opening paragraph effectively establishes a connection with the targeted audience.
The opening paragraph briefly sums up the applicant’s qualifications/strengths.
The opening paragraph specifies to which position the applicant is applying.
The body paragraph highlights specific skills and demonstrates a strong fit with the job.
The body paragraph provides concrete examples to connect the applicant’s experience with the
employer’s needs, including relevant qualifications and results.
The concluding paragraph requests an interview (or another appropriate next step) and includes
necessary contact information.
The tone of the letter is professional and confident.
The letter is written in a clear, concise, and coherent style (check for variety in the opening of
each sentence and paragraph, and avoid opening all paragraphs with “I”).
The letter is proofread and polished, with no spelling or grammatical errors.
Areas for Improvement (at least 2):
Strengths (at least 2):
Instructions: 1) After reviewing the cover letter and filling out this form, the reviewer should discuss the critique with the cover letter writer and give the writer
this form. 2)
The cover letter writer should keep this form and turn it in with the Employment Package.
BUS 303: Advanced Professional Skills
Résumé Critique Form (for peer review of résumé)
Name of reviewer: ________________________________________ Name of résumé writer: ________________________________________
Evaluation Criteria
Appearance: Résumé looks professional; uses standard, 11-12 point fonts; includes ample white space; has standard
(approx. 1 inch) borders; uses consistent formatting for section headings; and doesn’t include too many fonts
Contact info: Résumé includes all necessary contact info and name is easily visible at the top of the page
Organization: Résumé includes helpful and appropriate section headings to organize applicant’s story
Education: This section contains complete degree information
Experience: This section is descriptive; shows relevant, transferrable skills rather than tasks; uses strong action words
and concrete examples; and quantifies results whenever possible
Keywords: Résumé ethically and effectively shows a good fit with the position and includes keywords from the job
description (if available)
Writing: Résumé “shows” vs. “tells” and uses appropriate action verbs
Parallel structure: Lists contain items that are parallel in structure (e.g., verbs have same tense)
Redundancy: Résumé avoids repeating the same words (e.g., “organized XXX” and “organized YYY”)
Conciseness: Résumé is concise and does not contain unnecessary words
Proofreading: Résumé has been thoroughly proofread and contains no typos
Overall: Résumé leaves the reader with a positive impression of the applicant
Needs Work
Areas for improvement (at least 3):
Strengths (at least 2):
Instructions: 1) After reviewing the résumé and filling out this form, the reviewer should discuss the critique with the résumé writer and give the writer this
form. 2) Upload an image of this page to the “Resume Critique Form” drop box by 11:59pm the day of class. 3) The résumé writer should keep this form and turn
it in with the Employment Package.

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