Thursday, December 3, 2015

Build-A-Bear Workshop Job Postings

Financial Analyst

The Financial Analyst supports various business functions including Marketing, Store Operations and Real Estate.  



·         Coordinate Retail Testing Program by maintaining accurate and current store attribute list.  Set test parameters, determine test and control groups for in-store testing.

·         Monitor and analyze results of testing as well as communicate insights and recommendations to senior leadership

·         Contribute to Direct Marketing Team by producing customized lists for email and direct mail campaigns and bring analytical perspective to strategic decisions

·         Support Store Operations Team by analyzing store metrics, guest surveys, labor models, and consumer conversion to optimize our payroll needs.

·         Assist Real Estate Team with analyzing stores within markets for guest penetration; optimize topline sales while preserving bottom line income through number of stores within a given market and create maps to show census data along with our current store shopper information

·         Respond to requests for recurring and ad hoc data pulls relating to transactions, sales, gift cards and other store metrics



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance with 2 years of experience in Finance or related field is required
  • Ability to glean actionable insights and practical recommendations from relevant data
  • Proficiency in data mining and general knowledge of database structure; SQL knowledge is a plus
  • Proven ability in utilizing Microsoft Office to conduct data analysis and develop presentations.  Excel – macros, vlookup, pivot tables, etc.
  • Must have strong organizational planning and problem solving skills

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to change 

Build-A-Bear Workshop® offers an exciting, fun and fast -paced work environment with competitive pay, bonus opportunity, and comprehensive benefits!


Payroll Sup-bear-visor

The Payroll Sup-bear-visor is responsible for supervising and processing corporate bi-weekly and monthly bonus payroll for US, Canada, and Puerto Rico associates as well as various special payrolls throughout the year using ADP software.  This includes processing garnishments, stock compensation, relocation, and other special payroll adjustments.


  • Once payroll is processed, review reporting to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Process and file local tax returns in certain jurisdictions
  • Prepare journal entries for each pay period and upload them into Lawson (GL system)
  • Reconcile and analyze payroll related accounts
  • Process W-2s and T-4s (Canada)
  • Maintain SOX compliance
  • Schedule all payrolls with ADP, monitor ADP invoices, reconcile 941 filings from ADP, and maintain checklist for all processing
  • Ensure all pay adjustments are made in the correct quarter and year by monitoring the ADP support website for deadlines
  • Plan and execute quarterly and year end processes
  • Maintain earnings and deduction code setup and W-2 mapping in ADP
  • Prepare miscellaneous reports for various departments and upper management
  • Coach, develop and provide direction to staff 


  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree with  a minimum 7 years of payroll and payroll tax experience as well as 1 year of supervisory experience  
  • Must have ADP experience - Certified Payroll Professional (CPP is a plus)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proven analytical reasoning skills
  • Strong ability to learn Lawson (or other ERP systems)
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated success in training and leading others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing

Build-A-Bear Workshop offers an exciting, fun and fast-paced work environment with competitive pay, bonus opportunity, and comprehensive benefits!


Planogram Manager
The Planogram Manager will utilize data-driven analytics to create and assign specific planograms for Build-A-Bear retail stores to utilize when completing resets. This individual will ensure that all planograms are created within established process timelines and are maintained within standards. There will also be an established quality control system defined with a post review process, product line review maintenance and timely support infrastructure for the field organization.  In addition, the Planogram Manager will identify and define tools, information and resources that enable the collective team to optimize and implement the planogram process. 
  • Work with Brand, Operations, Distribution, Merchandising and Visual Merchandising to develop the corporate planogram strategy for all SKUs while addressing profitability, presentation minimums, store stock levels, space gains and ease of execution for resetting the stores
  • Conduct fact-based analysis to offer space/product recommendations and business opportunities
  • Build core assortment of planograms for all store formats
  • Execute planogram review process to ensure all planograms comply with standards
  • Visit project sites as necessary for compliance of quality standards
  • Manage reset driven field based inquiries to ensure issues communicated are resolved within 24 business hours
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope and devise contingency plans/options when applicable
  • Develop and maintain internal database to warehouse all information including: SKUs, Costs, stock levels, etc.
  • Work closely with the Operations team to understand store planning, and provide insight to help build new stores and fixtures from a strategic planogram point of view
  • Alignment between Brand, Operations and Merchandising to ensure assortment fits globally, regionally and in small, medium and large formats
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external business partners
  • Build cross functional partnerships to ensure planogram supports the business strategy and financial plan
  • Partners with internal teams: merchandising, finance, IT, Creative & Operations etc. for all projects
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of hands-on planogramming experience or equivalent
  • Effective multi-tasker who can manage projects from conception through production in a fast paced changing environment
  • Strong leadership skills to provide technical guidance to the teams
  • Ability to negotiate with internal and external business partners 
  • Retail industry knowledge and experience 
  • Proficient knowledge of Planogram applications, InDesign, Office, and Adobe Illustrator
Build-A-Bear Workshop® offers an exciting, fun and fast -paced work environment with competitive pay, bonus opportunity, and comprehensive benefits!
Manager, Application Development
The Manager of Application Development will be responsible for leading a team of developers on exciting business and interactive projects.
·         Assist staff in architecting solutions to business problems and providing weekly status reports to supervisor
·         Design standards for UI and back-end code for all software development projects
·         Partner with the PMO as a liaison for development initiatives within projects
·         Manage and assist in the management of smaller projects handled solely by the development team
·         Work with business partners to establish and maintain a working relationship
·         Provide project updates and work to maintain upcoming project tasks and their associated priority
·         Act as a resource for colleagues with less experience, manage code reviews
·         Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products/services or processes
·         Coordinate release and sprint planning using Agile Methodologies
·         Foster a development environment that promotes strong use of standards, code-reuse, versioning, and solid UI practices, through code and interface reviews
·         Contribute to process improvements
·         Manage hiring, employee reviews, and staff development
·         A Bachelor’s Degree with 6 to 8 years in a software development management role is required
·         Experience with .Net Development – C#, MS – SQL, TSQL, and Visio   
·         Strong understanding of object oriented programming required
·         Formal education or equivalent work experience that exposed the individual to fundamental theories, principles and concepts
·         History of architecting and building successful software systems using agile methodologies, with the Microsoft tool set is a primary requirement of this role
·         Adept at resolving complex problems or problems where precedent may not exist; take a new perspective using existing solutions
·         Excellent problem solving and organization skills, solid verbal and written communication skills, and excellent relationship building skills
·         Ability to motivate employees and create a team environment
·         Partner with internal customers to deliver effective solutions to their problems
Build-A-Bear Workshop® offers an exciting, fun and fast -paced work environment with competitive pay, bonus opportunity, and comprehensive benefits!

Temporary Associate Graphic Designer
Build-A-Bear has an opening for a temporary Associate Graphic Designer.  This temporary Associate Graphic Designer is responsible for the design of packaging, seasonal signage and other retail collateral. 
  • Designs packaging that showcases the intended product and adheres to our brand standards
  • Designs in-store signage and mailers that leverage the concept for the seasonal initiative
  • Designs general pieces of collateral that adhere to brand standards as well as the branding of the associated seasonal initiatives
  • Collaborates with other departmental partners to deliver each creative campaign/project to meet requirements, guidelines and timelines
  • Works well under pressure without compromising performance or accuracy in a deadline oriented environment
  • Manages multiple design projects at one time
  • Creates, revises and completes art production, within the appropriate timeline
  • Proofs all pieces to confirm all pieces will be produced properly
  • Must be able to work on a temporary basis from the estimated time period of January 4th, 2016 till April 4th, 2016
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of two years of directly related work experience is required; three years of graphic arts experience in a retail setting is strongly preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere) on Mac-Based Platform
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Highly creative with the ability to translate conceptual graphic designs into compelling marketing communications
  • Good organization skills with a focus on attention to details
  • Self-disciplined and flexibility to adapt to change
  • Ability to lead projects, direct work as needed with team members and partners
Build-A-Bear Workshop® offers an exciting, fun and fast -paced work environment with competitive pay, bonus opportunity, and comprehensive benefits!

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