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Finance Controller _ Fixed Term Contract (7 Months)

Finance Controller _ Fixed Term Contract (7 Months)

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer


Want to make an impact where it matters?

At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic.

We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers and the planet.

We’ve got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We’ve been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we’re only just getting started.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.

We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for limitless career defining opportunities.

You’ll have to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and it will take hard work and determination; we will give you the ownership you need to make an impact. 

You’ll have to deliver on the commitments you make. And we’ll give you the freedom and flexibility to do your job and build your own career. 

If you want to make an impact where it matters apply now!

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Your Role

This is a critical role which connects the foods finance organization across clusters and small C categories in terms of performance management, Budget controls, analysis and dynamic resource allocation. The role has very clear job fundamentals to ensure highest standard of controls in financial accounting, reporting and Budget management. The person in the role would be expected to have very strong analytical mindset to get insights which can lead to improved business performance. The role will also provide excellent exposure to global strategy, performance drivers in D and D&E markets and insights into Foods.

Main Responsibilities 

  1. Control, Accounting & Reporting
  • Ensure integrity and control across accrual/payment process.
  • Engage with the cluster finance teams to ensure compliance to accounting standards and policies.
  • Report results and variances on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure process compliance with Global timelines.
  • Compile and publish Category monthly forecast packages
  • Review and update SAP master data.
  1. Budget Management:
  • Responsible for managing category budgets (Bought in Cost (BIC) and departmental costs) budgets.
  • Key driver of robust resource and budget allocation across categories, marketing development, R&D activities and capital expenditure.
  • Challenge inefficiencies and indicate drivers for review.
  • Use relevant competitive benchmarks (financials, shadow P&Ls) to identify savings opportunities and/or areas under leveraged.
  1. usiness Performance Management:
  • Analyze the performance to come to key insights to raise the business performance.
  • Lead the engagement framework between the clusters and the Global teams to identify, highlight and resolve key business issues.
  • Raise the quality of cluster engagement calls.
  • Put in place a strong framework for engagement between Cluster Finance Managers and Global Finance teams.
  • Analyze historic performance, forecasts and track the same versus Business targets.
  • Leverage standard performance reporting to enable Brand LT / GCLT to have a 360degree view of business and hold itself and others accountable for delivery of strategy and performance.
  • Champion use of standard ES reporting solutions (MBI, One View) within the category
  • Actively drive simplification of reporting through use of standard ES reports and tools e.g. MBI, OneView
  • Partner with Supply Chain finance to ensure proper understanding of product cost levers and key drivers of manufacturing costs.
  • Analyze results and consult Global and Regional finance managers for variances explanations versus forecast.
  1. Lead Team Agenda:
  • Participate in cross Category workstreams to drive best practice in key challenge areas such as ROMI, gross margin, sustainability, Digital etc.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to share Category best practice within wider Finance function and to learn from best practice of other Finance areas.

 Required Professional Skills & Experience:

  • Professional qualification in finance or accountancy
  • Strong control and analytical mindset
  • Strong Leadership and People Management skills with ability to motivate remote teams.
  • Strong Decision Support, Ad Hoc evaluation, Growth mindset and Bias for Action
  • Strategic thinker, with focus on Execution and Change management
  • Effective Business Partnering, Performance Management and business planning experience