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Finance Manager, Product and Gross Margin Planning

Tokyo, Japan, Japan

About the role 

At Nike we see Gross Margin Planning as a source of competitive advantage.  As our Finance Manager, Product and Gross Margin Planning for Nike Japan, you'll play a significant role in developing deep understanding of the drivers of Gross Margin to optimize and lead Margin expansion.  Your primary accountability will be to identify and evaluate opportunities to create value within Margin planning and ensure that Nike captures that value in our financial results. 


In this role you’ll have to develop a strong understanding of our financial and operating model as well as Nike’s Category Game plan and costing processes. You’ll need to bring extensive financial modeling experience and a natural curiosity to explore and solve problems that haven’t been addressed before. To be effective you’ll possess a high degree of comfort with ambiguity, an ability to simplify the complex and communicate effectively with leadership. You will need to set a vision and prioritize deliverables across complex bodies of work. Most importantly, you should be very excited about the opportunity to make a significant impact at Nike.


This role will require some travel to Nike Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.


1.   Optimize and influence profitable Gross Margins through seasonal assortments and business mix.

2.   Lead key product growth strategies to drive market share and expanded Gross Margin.

3.   Lead the Gross Margin planning and forecast process from product development to account and business channel bookings.

4.   Evaluate Gross Margin risks and opportunities and communicate effectively to leadership.

5. Provide product insights, price point analysis and cost components to set appropriate Gross Margin targets.


1. Bachelor's degree in a business-related field with emphasis in finance or accounting (MBA from reputable program a plus)

2. 7+ years of experience in financial analysis, financial/strategic planning, and/or budgeting/forecasting

3. Experience working for a Fortune 500/multinational consumer products company is a plus

4. Strong attention to detail and strong analytical skills

5. Demonstrated ability to complete quantitative and qualitative analysis and build robust financial models

6. Advanced level proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint

7. Language requirement (e.g. Fluency in Japanese and English required. Minimum TOEIC 800+.) 

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