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The Estee Lauder Companies Executive Director – Global Finance Strategic Initiatives in Long Island City, New York

Executive Director – Global Finance Strategic Initiatives

Brand: Estée Lauder Companies


The position reports to the VP, Global Financial Controls, Systems, and Integration. The Exec Director role drives enablement of Global Finance strategies empowered by technology. This position plays a critical role in advising the Global Finance leadership that support ELC's long term growth opportunities. The role is key in providing project governance and risk management expertise/partnership to various stakeholders at the global, regional, brand, and functional levels, notably IT. The Exec Director will ensure that the initiatives under position’s area of responsibility are successfully executed, agile, and responsive to change.

This position is based in New York.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

Finance Tech Portfolio Management

  • Acts as the primary point of contact and business partner to IT and Finance Executive leadership and delivers value by shaping and informing the Finance Tech portfolio to align with business strategy, defining capabilities required to achieve the strategy and bringing forth recommended technology solutions to enable these capabilities.

  • Accountable for the co-development and management of the Finance Technology portfolio in partnership with IT for regular portfolio planning, progress updates, and communicating back to relevant Finance Leadership teams. Driving the development of business cases and representing the Finance function in IT Alignment sessions.

  • Leads a global team that is accountable for providing key business inputs for technology solutioning for the Finance function and is accountable for innovative, strategic business solutions. These solutions are consistent with Corporate strategic objectives and ensure that the functions can support the needs of ELC’s growing business.

  • Works collaboratively across the Finance and IT organizations to ensure all technology services needs are identified in a timely way and communicated, planned, and budgeted effectively, including cost center management.

  • Ensure the realization of the business strategies through technology and continued process improvements. Align tightly with the BIA organization and collaborate to ensure excellent information flow and availability to enable the best data driven, functionally connected enterprise.

  • Responsible for enabling consistent, robust business requirements collection and assessment for Finance portfolio projects to ensure new services and solutions align with roadmaps.

  • Sets goals and expectations with key Finance stakeholders for tech projects to balance enterprise efficiencies with project-level execution.

  • Drives an Agile mindset and delivery culture throughout the business functions, advocating speed and agility and act as a change agent within the functions for Agile adoption.

Technology Initiatives - Financial Risk Management

  • Drive a robust risk management strategy for all technology projects with impact to financial reporting, across all functions, channels, regions, and/or brands, including developing clear accountability for financial risks and controls, monitoring of risk management strategy execution, and reporting on results to provide ELC Finance Leadership with assurance upon completion.

  • Partnering with key IT and business leadership and stakeholders to develop and integrate KRIs/KPIs into transformation initiatives, both at project and steady state, to develop reasonable risk tolerances and consistent, actionable insights.

High Performance Competencies

The High-Touch Leadership Competencies provide the framework to build and grow the skills, knowledge, and behaviors in each employee to lead from every chair. Everyone is expected to lead in every position. All of the High-Touch Leadership Competencies are important to succeed. However, in each position there are four competencies that are imperative for job success.

  • Thinks Strategically: Takes a broad view of the business, industry, and consumer environment to anticipate and plan for the future. Identifies the focus and defines where to play, how to win and what capabilities and management systems are required.

  • Aligns and Engages the Team in the Vision: Provides clarity to each team member on their role in achieving the vision, strategy, and goals.

  • Embraces and Initiates Change: Distinguishes what to preserve and what to change. Has the courage to initiate and lead the changes that drive success.

  • Builds Collaborative Relationships: Builds relationships based on trust and respect. Promotes the inclusion of diverse knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve results.

  • Strives for Excellence in Execution: Proactively seeks ways to improve personal and organizational effectiveness to meet current and future business needs. Learns equally from successes and failures.


  • Excellent leadership skills and demonstrated experience with building and developing teams and sustainable processes.

  • Talent catalyst, identifying and leveraging team members’ strengths and coaching through challenges.

  • Go-to Finance Leader to drive the business strategic initiatives partnering with IT – demonstrating outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to influence and provide technology thought leadership within the Finance organization.

  • Strong risk management mindset to ensure transformation projects meet desired business outcomes. Demonstrated ability to cultivate and embed this mindset into the greater organization.

  • Highly collaborative relationship building skills with various internal and external stakeholders.

  • Must demonstrate a high sense of urgency to influence changes and drive business outcomes from conception to delivery.

  • Effective business communicator, with high emotional quotient and excellent executive presence. Candidate should be an effective storyteller, negotiator, and be able to swiftly align and mobilize disparate teams by setting a common goal.

  • Seasoned change leader through uncertainty and transformation. Engages team and stakeholders throughout the journey including through ambiguity.

  • Ability to gather information, develop & analyze complex data sets, cutting through complexity to arrive at quality insights / solutions.

  • Ability to quickly comprehend objectives and develop actionable working plans, and adapt those working plans, when needed, to execute said objectives (project management capabilities).

  • Strong skills in prioritization, providing Finance Leadership with clear, concise status updates on deliverables.

  • Independent self-starter with the ability to lead areas of responsibility with limited oversight required.

  • Ability to operate multi-nationally with overseas business partners and effectively uses influencing tactics and can respond to complex organizational/political climates.

  • Good judgement with the ability to make timely, sound decisions, from both a risk management and business perspective.

  • Solution-oriented individual with ability to identify/solve problems and propose solutions to issues in a proactive, timely manner.

  • Ability to consider process improvements and innovative thinking to drive further effectiveness / efficiency within area or responsibility, while effectively managing risk for ELC Leadership.

  • Demonstrated ‘digital first’ mindset to enable strategic Finance initiatives.

Technical Skills

  • Experience and demonstrated success driving the business objectives for large, global transformation programs enabled by the Finance technology landscape. Experience driving global process reengineering in core Finance process areas, such as Financial Planning & Analysis, Record to Report, Procure to Pay, Order to Cash (retail, wholesale, social, e-commerce), and Supply Chain Finance (B2B, 3PP).

  • Competent in new technology evaluation, ability to support technical change management, and provide thought leadership skills in driving business process workstreams to deliver on expected outcomes.

  • Strong working knowledge of IT General Controls and System Development Lifecycle risks and controls, integrating requirements proactively into transformation projects.

  • Experience with design and delivery methodologies including Design Thinking, Agile/SAFe, and Waterfall

Business Skills

  • Intense focus on business outcomes, demonstrating the ability to have material impact on core business measures: employee productivity, process optimization and automation, regulatory compliance, etc

  • Continuously curiosity and learning. Keeps abreast of best-in-class Finance practices and is familiar with the competitive practices and technologies in consumer goods/beauty industry as well as adjacent industries.

  • Strong working knowledge of financial and operational risk considerations, assessing and integrating requirements proactively into transformation projects

  • Proven ability to drive partnership between business and IT stakeholders for mutually aligned outcomes.


  • Minimum Education level: University degree, Business Management, Finance, or Information Systems

  • Minimum Years of Experience: 12

  • % Travel Time: 10%

  • Required Language Proficiency: Fluent English

  • Licenses or Certifications: MBA/CPA/CISA a plus

  • Relevant experience in the following areas: financial and IT risk management/controls, information systems, shared service centers/centers of excellence.

  • Primary Manager: VP, Global Financial Controls, Systems, and Integration (Hillary Dendy Malanga)

Job: Finance & Accounting

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-Long Island City

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Job Number: 2215644

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is Company's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. The Company will endeavor to provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with the law to otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability and to employees and prospective employees with needs related to their religious observance or practices. Should you wish to apply for this position or any other position with the Company and you believe you require assistance to complete an application or participate in an interview, please contact