• Accounting
  • Detroit Lakes, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full comprehensive benefits package

OUR CULTURE IS ONE-OF-A-KIND AND TRULY SETS US APART. Lakeshirts | Blue 84 is a designer, manufacturer and value-added distributor of customized apparel and provides merchandising solutions to the resort and college-licensed apparel and accessories markets. Started in 1984 by two teenagers (Mike Hutchinson and Mark Fritz) in a Detroit Lakes basement, Lakeshirts has grown significantly (most recently achieving over $100M in annual sales) and is still led by co-CEOs Mark and Mike and President, Michelle Daggett. Headquartered in Detroit Lakes, MN, Lakeshirts employs over 700 great people, proudly producing 35,000+ garments daily. Lakeshirts' culture, like your favorite t-shirt, is one of a kind and proud of its humble beginnings. Lakeshirts offers a unique atmosphere that has led the company to be named "Best Large Company to Work For" for multiple years in Becker County. Lakeshirts works hard to be the best and seeks only committed individuals that will help move the business forward and embrace its core values and culture. It's not just a job but a lifestyle. Our job descriptions help support and guide you in the role you play in making our company successful. LIFE'S BETTER IN A T-SHIRT. IT REALLY IS.



We are looking for an energetic and entrepreneurial-minded Director of Financial Planning and Analysis that has the desire to be mentored by the CFO as potential successor for the CFO role in 12 to 24 months. The Director of FP&A will provide analysis to drive our financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting functions to achieve business objectives. Strategically, the Director of FP&A will develop & leverage a deep understanding of the key drivers of the various business lines, and become the finance partner to the leaders of the various teams to help drive strategic and operational initiatives as the business continues to grow and scale. They will work collaboratively with the executive leadership team and will use their entrepreneurial drive to help develop great solutions while working independently with various stakeholders with limited oversight and high visibility throughout the organization.

Our ideal candidate must be a hands-on servant leader who is comfortable being a player and coach. This role requires exceptional attention to detail (special projects, process improvement, etc.) on a routine basis, while also being a key member of the executive management team and contributing to the strategic direction of the Company. We're looking for a strategic-minded individual, who is nimble and proactive in the face of constant change and growth. And most importantly, they must be humble, energetic with a sense of humor and open to embracing our values-driven culture on a daily basis. Oh, and if you love dogs, all the better!

A Typical Day (job functions) | Lead with action + Clear, Concise Communication + Define Goals + Measure Outcomes + Continuous Improvement + Wow Our Customer

  • Responsible for driving and monitoring financial performance, analyzing and interpreting operating results, investigating variances and unusual items; and evaluating their effect on operations
  • Collaborate with executives across the organization to provide business analysis, support key decision and evaluate strategic initiatives.
  • Drive the financial planning process for monthly forecast, annual budgeting, and five-year strategic plan
  • Assist with decision-making for various business processes including budgeting, forecasting, and cost reductions
  • Evaluate existing financial reporting and make recommendations for improvements to the company's financial reports and processes. Automate reporting using ERP and available reporting tools and drive consistency in reporting across business lines.
  • Provide detailed financial information and key performance indicators for decision making and make recommendations for action
  • Provide leadership accurate and timely financial and operational recommendations
  • Develop, enhance and maintain operational and ad-hoc reports to satisfy internal and external (ownership and banking) reporting requirements
  • Lead financial workstreams associated with company's M&A activity including but not limited to financial modeling, due diligence, integration and quality of earnings analysis
  • Prepare various monthly presentation packages for management reviews
  • Act as the key interface with Controlling to support various activities related to Month/Quarter/Year-end closing

Skills (qualifications) | People Person + Visual Metrics + Systems + Live our Values + Humble Demeanor + Continuous Improvement (mentioned multiple times because it's that important)

  • Extensive understanding of financial concepts including financial statement analysis, accounting, budgeting, profitability analysis, and costing methodologies.
  • Financial Management experience. Desire to be mentored by CFO as potential successor for the CFO role.
  • Solid understanding of the drivers of the business (i.e. industry volume patterns, specific customer products, customer/market mix, etc.).
  • Comprehensive financial analysis skills that enable development and evaluation of business transactions and models, including models related to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advanced Excel modeling and programming skills required.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and presentation skills, working across multiple locations, management levels and functions.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple, complex, and ambiguous tasks in order to meet stringent deadlines.
  • Motivated and proactive self-starter with a sense of urgency and results oriented.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to initiate, lead, and mentor projects/teams to identify root causes and corrective actions.
  • Experience establishing financial reports required for the organization as well as the proper communication and reporting rhythm.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and confidently with customers/personnel at all organizational levels in independent and often stressful and ambiguous situations.
  • Ability to build and utilize teams to resolve complex problems.
  • Strong decision-making skills; the ability to influence internal customers.
  • Minimum 10 years of direct and progressive financial analysis experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of proven managerial experience leading a team and driving strategy in order to achieve results
  • Proven ability to lead teams and develop talent
  • Prior plant financial leadership experience required
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience required; experience with consolidation systems such as Oracle's Hyperion and/or SAP's BPC strongly preferred.
  • Experience in project management and/ or financial management, including managing budgets, preparing estimates at complete and performing variance analysis.
  • A. or B.S. degree in Finance or Accounting required; MBA preferred.
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