• Director of Credit

    Columbia Sportswear CompanyBeaverton, OR 97075

    Job #1205124176

  • Director of CreditFullTime /Beaverton, OR United States /5/29/2020 12:17:46 AMOUTGROWN YOUR OWN BACKYARD? COME PLAY IN OURS .At Columbia, we're as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we're proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.??Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: "It's perfect. Now make it better." As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.?We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.??And we believe in you.??ABOUT THE POSITION?Columbia Sportswear Finance & Accounting teams oversee the financial health and forward strategy for a portfolio of four global brands. These teams exercise expertise across Compliance, Credit, Financial Planning and Reporting, Tax, Treasury, and Strategy. Advancing traditional Finance & Accounting functions, the organization is also driving exciting innovation in the application of advanced analytics and automated ~~~ Columbia Sportswear Company's Director of Credit, you will oversee the Credit function for North America Wholesale Customers, and Latin America and Asia Pacific (LAAP) Distributors. You will lead and manage credit, collections, dispute management, and accounts receivable. You will also be responsible for Global Credit Risk Management and World-Wide Credit policy to minimize risk while maximizing company sales.Success within this role will be based upon your ability to assess credit risk across a global framework, while building positive relationships and rapport with new and existing customers within this framework. This ability and skill will enable you to serve as a trusted leadership advisor and subject matter expert on credit and collection related topics.You will also be responsible for managing a team of dedicated credit managers and analysts.HOW?YOU'LL? MAKE A DIFFERENCE ?+ Manage the US and Canada Wholesale and LAAP Distributor Credit Functions. These functions are comprised of: Credit, Collections, Dispute Management and Accounts Receivable through a team of approximately twenty-five with five direct reports.+ Oversee credit function for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Distributors, as well as Distributors inChina, Korea and Japan.+ Serveas a business partnertoU.S. Sales and Distributor Sales teams to maximize sales while minimizingcredit risk+ Develop relationships with senior financial management at high risk, high volume Customersand Distributors. Schedules regular calls and Customer / Distributor visits as necessary+ Monitor industry and customer credit risk on an on-going basis, keepingup to date on international country risk and issues in countries in which Columbia and Columbia's Distributors do business+ Work withtheGlobal IS team to lead process improvement and automation projects for the credit function. Serve as the Credit Champion for system related issues, newindustrysolutions, and ways to improve efficiency+ Collaboratewith Accounting partnerstoensure reserve methodology adequately covers anticipated risk and meets accounting standards+ On a periodic basis, forecast bad debt and chargeback expense for US brands and forecast US cash collections and US accounts receivable balances. Explain forecast variances on a monthly basisYOU ARE?+ A credit and collections subject matter expert with a knack for financial data and document analysis+ Organized, capable of running an effectivecredit function+ A mentor, possessing strong management skill and anability to develop and motivate teams+ A problem solver, adept at troubleshooting highly complexand deadline driven initiatives+ Creative, partnering with international sales teams to implement credit solutions in support of Distribution models in high country risk geographies+ Relationship focused, able to build rapportwith Distributors and Columbia personnel across cultural and geographic distancesYOU?HAVE?+ ABachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, related business field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA, CCE, or ICCE are a plus+ 15+ years' experience working in credit and collections with increasingly higher levels of responsibility in global, multi-brand companies+ 5+ years' experienceworking with international customers and distributors required+ 8+ years of managerial experiencetoincludeexperience managing managers,working in a matrix organization, and leading a Credit team+ Proven knowledge ofinternational country risk and tools to manage country risk+ Credit experienceinclusive ofselling toglobalretailers, distributors or dealers,preferably in the apparel, footwear, or outdoor industry+ In depthknowledge of bankruptcy laws and commercial credit and collection laws, concepts, practices and procedures+ Ability to travel domestically and internationally (~15%)#LI-SR1Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one for over 70 years, constantly working to perfect the art and enjoyment of the greater outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that offers them much more than just a paycheck._This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company._At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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