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Senior Director, SG&A Finance

Date:  Mar 31, 2021

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 


The Vail Resorts Finance Team is committed to Building Leaders and Driving Value.  We recently created a new fully centralized Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team in our corporate headquarters to support a growing company of 37 resorts, 55,000+ employees and a market capitalization of over $10 billion. We are transforming our FP&A organization to bring best-in-class insight generation, data-driven decision making support and financial management to Vail Resorts – the ski industry’s global leader.


Our team is driven by top-tier talent, state-of-the-art systems and tools, and strategic process management to identify and deliver against the Company’s biggest value opportunities. We are creating a sustainable high-performing team that will develop talent and prioritize career growth through accelerated opportunities and progression. This is an opportunity to join the FP&A team at a critical inflection point and shape how we do business into the future.


The Senior Director of SG&A Finance will lead a Director and three analysts to support all of Vail’s corporate functions. The team is responsible for providing in-depth financial analysis, strategic planning and strategic decision support for the most senior leaders in our organization including our CFO, CMO, CHRO, CIO and General Counsel. The team also leads key processes such as budgeting, forecasting and supports the financial close. The Senior Director will have the opportunity to analyze key issues arising across our $2.5 billion revenue business and have a significant impact on decision making.  S/he will use financial acumen, strategic synthesis and data-driven insights to advise senior executives and will gain great perspective on key business drivers, while working on some of our most interesting and challenging business questions.



  • Deliver financial insight and commentary based on comprehensive view of segment financial results.
    • Assess business opportunities and risks with a strong orientation to long-term enterprise value creation.
    • Synthesize and communicate key financial and business insights at an executive-level to drive decision-making with operational executives.
    • Provide thought leadership and guidance to drive strategic business initiatives for divisional leadership teams.
    • Lead the financial planning process that focuses on value creation and aligning resources with strategic priorities.
    • Play a critical role as a leader in the Finance organization, bringing an enterprise-level perspective to support the strategic, talent and process improvement efforts across the Finance organization.
  • Lead the FP&A efforts for the SG&A segment, including long term strategic planning, annual operating and capital budgets, forecasting and insights on actual results, with a focus on:
    • Develop and manage financial communications, including key business presentations to the Executive Team.
    • Actively contribute to capital allocation strategy analysis and decision making.
    • Develop scalable and repeatable processes with focus on continuous improvement.
    • Lead executive level discussions on strategy, initiatives and special projects.
  • Create a high performing team and culture focused on value creation, delivering results, stakeholder influence and leadership development for career progression.  
  • Leadership qualities:
  • Trusted partner - possesses the technical expertise, communication skills and good judgement to provide operational and FP&A leadership teams with an objective and independent point of view on broader business issues.  Has a proven track record of working well as a member of a team of senior executives, an ability to influence major decisions through reasoned analysis, and good judgment about people and business issues.
  • Leadership and management - demonstrated track record of leading, motivating, developing and assessing a team of high performing finance professionals.  Leads by example, possesses a strong work ethic, is collaborative and embraces a passion and results-driven leadership model.  Is self-aware, decisive and maintains authentic humility.
  • Possesses energy, drive and an ability to execute.  Is flexible, agile and resilient, and has the ability to adapt quickly in a rapid-paced environment.  Embraces personal leadership development, with an openness to stretch and pursue leadership range and flexibility.
  • Passion for Vail Resorts’ strategy and product.
  • Approach and behavior—cultural characteristics:
    • Strong curiosity in tackling complex business problems; dives deeply into the data, relentlessly pursues what it means, and how these insights drive decision making.
    • Comfortable operating in financial systems and spreadsheets, and equally comfortable leveraging his/her capabilities to work independently.
    • Strong learning agility.  Enjoys and excels in environments where s/he must tackle and solve new and increasingly complex strategic business challenges and issues—incorporating the newest ideas, technologies, and approaches to business.
    • A brave, ambitious, and passionate leader who is comfortable in his/her own skin while also demonstrating a high level of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.



  • Outstanding academic credentials; Bachelor’s degree required; MBA, graduate finance degree and/or CFA strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years’ experience in financial planning and analysis, with demonstrated success in managing analytical talent, financial modeling, and analysis.
  • Experience leading FP&A teams with experience in supporting executive level leaders.
  • Outstanding analytical skills with ability to synthesize information, develop insights and communicate effectively in presentations and in-person meetings.
  • Deep curiosity and passion for understanding and analyzing financial results in the context of creating shareholder value.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to develop the “story” and form recommendations.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with strong initiative and ability to multi-task.
  • Superb attention to detail balanced by ability to focus on the "big picture."
  • Effectively manage and build capabilities and culture for high performing professional team.
  • Preferred skills:
      • High intellect and ambition.
      • Unquestioned ethics and integrity.
      • Excellent listener, open to feedback, and communicates with candor and respect.
      • Outstanding organizational, analytical and project management skills.
      • Connects well with others and highly collaborative team approach to work.
      • Excellent individual initiative and objective-oriented drive.
      • Ability to handle difficult situations with a high-degree of diplomacy and composure.



The budgeted range starts at $157,200 - $196,500 + annual bonus + equity.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), Extra Time Off (ETO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


We offer a variety of professional career opportunities at our corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado. Our corporate headquarters team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more about positions at our corporate office. Visit www.vailresortscareers.com

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 271469

Nearest Major Market: Denver