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Fanatics // officially licensed sports merchandise
 
New York - New York    Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
 
   
 
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As a global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is building the leading global digital sports platform & changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear & hardgoods through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making & quickly distributing fan gear in today's 24/7 mobile-first economy. Operating multi-channel commerce for the world's biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless & timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in flagship stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.
 
Through Fanatics' innovative commerce capabilities & cutting-edge tech platform, the company has assembled one of the best databases of fans globally which is now being leveraged across the broader sports ecosystem to build new, large-scale digital sports businesses outside of merchandise. Fanatics is the majority owner of Candy Digital, a next generation digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties - including MLB & MLBPA - to build an official NFT ecosystem where fans & collectors come to purchase, trade & share officially licensed NFT's. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics' footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be announced in the coming months. 
 
Fanatics' partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) & hundreds of collegiate & professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs. 
 
In addition to e-commerce, the capabilities of Fanatics include omnichannel-integrated physical retail operations across a broad portfolio of flagship stores, team retail & special events; international capabilities that provide a global sports retail platform; & an in-house merchandise & manufacturing division that is a licensed partner of professional & collegiate teams & helps fans express passion through a broad range of apparel & non-apparel products created under the Fanatics, Nike, Top of the World, Majestic & WinCraft brands.
 
As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees & over 300 partners, suppliers, & vendors in 11 countries, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical & sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting & representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners & fans.  Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work & play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
 
At Fanatics, we're a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride & passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate & support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive & foster innovation, & through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality & advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools & resources to feel connected & engaged in who they are & what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.   

JOB SUMMARY: 
Supports all accounting, controls & financial activities relating to mergers & acquisitions as well as development of new business ventures & joint ventures in support of overall Fanatics objectives including revenue & profitability goals as well as future business growth objectives. Responsible for supporting the accounting & controlling functions, maintaining fiscal records, establishing & maintaining budgetary & transactional controls & procedures, financial infrastructure, & preparing financial reports in compliance with the company's reporting requirements & operating procedures. The role will collaborate & partner with respective peers in Corporate Development, Finance, & General Counsel office.

GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Supports M&A process & new ventures activities for all finance & accounting related aspects including deal strategy, due diligence, integration, & ongoing reporting.
    Participates in strategy & business plan development meetings with business owners, legal, tax, & finance to assess structuring options & deal financing & assess accounting, tax & reporting implications of deals.
    Coordinate with tax/legal etc. to understand & support development of tax efficient structures.
    Active engagement during due diligence to review historical financials, identify risk areas, assess quality of earnings, & evaluate accounting conformance matters.
    Coordinate/setup pre-valuation for acquisitions & new venture concepts in close partnership with the Corporate Development team & work with valuation specialists to complete purchase price allocation, including review of key assumptions.
    Assess deal impact to financial statements & financial reporting obligations.
    Assess policy differences with target; administer corporate accounting policies & coordinate post-deal accounting & financial activities.
    Ensure deal accounting is in compliance with US GAAP through review of key deal terms, evaluation of purchase accounting matters & preparation of accounting whitepapers.
    Support process to finalize purchase price accounting entries to ensure the accurate & timely preparation of financial statements.
    Coordinate with FP&A to support performance monitoring & goals related to acquisitions & new ventures.
    Support project management of post-deal integration activities & work with relevant stakeholders to evaluate progress.
    Support independent audits in relation to deal activity & integration of new businesses.
    Assist with the establishment of compatible financial systems & counterparty requirements (for general ledger, financial reporting, accounts payable, fixed asset, accounts receivable, etc.) & to align period-end close timing.
    Supports development of accounting policies, procedures, controls, & governance of acquired businesses & joint ventures.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or the equivalent combination of education, training, & work experience. Also requires an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
    Advanced understanding & application knowledge of M&A accounting rules under US GAAP & SEC Rules
    Requires an understanding of the industries in which Fanatics competes
    Strong analytical, statistical, & problem solving skills
    Ability to utilize judgment in decision making process & decisions related to job tasks
    Ability to meet tight deadlines
    Excellent project management skills
    Ability to design, document, & implement process improvements
    Effective team building, coaching, & persuasion skills
    Strong consulting, influence, & negotiation skills.
    Communicates ideas and/or position on a variety of issues both verbally & in written form in a clear, concise, & professional manner to employees & clients at all levels
 
 
 
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