Strategic Finance Associate (Winter 2017/18)

Location: Charlotte, NC
Start Date: January 2018 or sooner
Hours: Full time.

About the Position:

Excel wizard. Financial analyst. Statistics junkie. We are seeking someone with an entrepreneurial mindset to run analyses across our entire business, including finance, operations, sales and marketing. Reporting directly to our Director of Finance & Operations, you’ll help us make decisions with financial data. If you have experience in finance-related roles such as accounting, transaction services, corporate finance, FP&A or investment banking, this is a chance to join a high growth startup and make a serious impact to our business.

The ideal candidate for this role will immerse themselves within each business unit and brand, identifying opportunities for improvement. Put simply – you will be the analytical authority we’ll tap to make the right decisions to maximize our continued growth and profitability.

Had you been with us for the past month, you would have:

  • Built a ground up unit economics model for every SKU in our catalog so we can understand COGS and margin – with the ultimate goal of resetting prices at wholesale and online.
  • Created a quantitative inventory forecasting model with the Head of Purchasing to improve inventory turnover.
  • Scoped a Netsuite implementation and documented all order, inventory and financial flows to improve financial tracking, budgeting and controls.
  • Engaged in a lively discussion of what’s included in “contribution margin”, whether it’s the best metric to use to manage our business, and how we can report it to our board on a regular basis.
  • Assisted with month-end close and account reconciliation of our general ledger.
  • Gone to mid-week happy hour at least once at Sycamore Brewing.

The Best Candidates Will Have:

  • Experience in highly quantitative and analytical role – you need to be comfortable completing analysis in excel and building financial and operational models.
  • The ability to communicate your findings in a clear and effective manner. The ideal candidate is comfortable number crunching and then discussing their takeaways with the executive team.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel. This is a must – you have to be an excel guru.
  • A strong bias toward execution. You have to love working independently and thrive when given freedom and flexibility. You don’t need a babysitter.
  • Between 2-5 years of experience in finance-related role. Accounting, transaction services, consulting, private equity or investment banking experience is very relevant to this role.
  • A desire to get your hands dirty in a small company where your work matters.
  • CPA optional, MBA not required.

About Elements Brands

Elements Brands is a portfolio of high quality consumer products brands with a specific focus on personal care and household goods. We have a startup feel and a focus on results, learning fast, and delivering awesome products for our customers. In addition, we focus heavily on automation, so our employees can spend their time doing their jobs, not pushing paper. Recently named one of Charlotte’s Best Places to Work, Elements Brands is located in the heart of South End across the street from Sycamore Brewery. We have an informal, fast-paced, results-focused work environment – learn more about each of our individual brands at


Commensurate with experience. Paid vacation and holidays. Healthcare reimbursement and 401(k) available.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, including your GPA, via email. All submissions should be sent via email with a PDF attachment to with the exact subject “Strategic Finance Associate Application”. Any applications submitted without the correct subject line or with a PDF attachment will not be considered.