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Fanatics // officially licensed sports merchandise
New York - New York    Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2021
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Company Overview
Fanatics is building the leading global digital sports platform to ignite & harness the passions of fans, & maximize the presence & reach for hundreds of partners globally. Leveraging these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers & a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as the global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings across the sports ecosystem.  

The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear & hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making & quickly distributing fan gear in today's 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB & MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Trading Cards, a transformative company that is building a new model for the hobby & giving collectors an end-to-end trading cards experience; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming & retail sportsbook platform. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics' footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be rolled out soon. 
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. 
As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees, & hundreds of partners, suppliers, & vendors worldwide, 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.   

Reporting to the SVP of FP&A & Investor Relations & based in the New York Office, the VP of FP&A will serve as a critical member of the finance leadership team. S/he will be directly involved in standing up the holding company structure for Fanatics, leading the holding company's consolidated forecast process on a monthly, quarterly & annual basis as well as contribute to our long-range planning process.   The role will have significant exposure to the management team & be involved in strategic decisioning.

We are looking for an exceptional business partner, responsible for challenging & supporting the business, increasing the company's ability to anticipate business issues, & driving informed decision-making through sound financial management. The successful candidate must have the ability to function in a matrixed environment at a broad-based, strategic level while being capable of driving detailed, tactical execution.

What You'll Do
As a strategic thought leader, serve as the right-hand thought partner to the SVP of FP&A & Investor Relations as well as support the CFO & CAO
Help expand the current finance organization to support different segments of business
Contribute to the development & implementation of a new global finance operating model that will deliver significant short & long-term improvements across finance's processes, systems, & tools.
Manage a high-functioning Finance department that is collaborative & delivers a high quality forecast process as well as decision support.
Ensure that the Finance team is briefed on their mandate & accountable in supporting performance & success.
Together with the management team, embody a culture of humility & high performance, all while driving initiatives forward with a progressive cadence to stay ahead of the company's ambitious agenda & plans for growth.
Drive a strategic talent plan, to ensure the development of finance talent while also hiring strategically across key functions needed to deliver upon growth plans.
Maintain & improve upon our long-range planning framework, providing leadership in the development & continuous evaluation of financial short-and-long-term strategic objectives.
Oversee the development, implementation, & tracking of our shorter-term budget.  Establish timelines, provide support to the leadership team & operational leaders, & hold business leadership accountable for delivery against targets & business objectives. Investigate & resolve variances in budgets, reporting, controls, & accounting.
Lead the process to accurately forecast results & ensure that all stakeholders have the appropriate tools to forecast results both internally & externally. Stir innovation & improvement of the financial planning & analysis processes & rigor to provide even higher value-added decision-making support to leadership.
Provide creative insights, implications, & recommendations about current & future financial trends & areas for improvement, focus or investment. Ensure that commercial ambition is balanced with effective & rigorous cost management.
Work collaboratively with the SVP of FP&A & Investor Relations as well as the CAO as we continue to expand our organizational footprint & commercial go-to-market strategy 
Create content for financial updates to the Board of Directors
Be a core contributor to all investor relations materials.
Be vigilant on creating lean processes where we value financial automation as well as strong collaboration & communication 

What We're Looking For

A proven conceptual & strategic thinker who is capable of distilling, packaging & presenting complex information in a clear, concise, & compelling manner
Must be seen as a strong business person who knows how to partner with senior executives & guide change.
An entrepreneurial & creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization & push the boundaries within the industry. The successful candidate will also bring with him/her immense curiosity; challenging the status quo & stirring innovative approaches to existing processes & operations.
The ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals & implementation plans that are achievable & successful
The ideal candidate should have strong experience in a broad range of functional disciplines including Marketing, R&D, Compensation & workforce planning, Accounting, Supply Chain, Sourcing / Procurement, Demand management & Strategy would be seen as a distinct advantage.
The ideal candidate should have at least 12 years of finance experience with increasing responsibility in core areas such as FP&A, Accounting, Equity Research and/or Commercial Finance.  Finance, Accounting or Economics undergraduate degree required.  MBA, CPA and/or CFA strongly preferred. 
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