Commercial Finance Manager

London (Greater)
18 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have experience within FMCG? Do you want to develop our top line figures? Are you commercially driven and passionate about driving performance and growth? Then we may have the role for you…

Our client, Upfield are global leaders in plant-based nutrition with great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can't Believe it's not Butter and ProActiv! We have 6 regional business units operating in 95 markets and we have the mind-set of a start-up!


  • Benefits app (access to 100s of retail discounts)
  • Based in Wimbledon with great public transport links

Pay Rate and Working Hours:

  • £55k-65k PRO RATA
  • 36 hours: Monday - Friday
  • 9-12 month temporary assignment


Your role is to drive sustainable profitable growth and cash delivery across the North-West Europe & ANZ regional Business Unit (encompassing UK/Ireland, Nordics, Russia and Australia/New Zealand), with a specific focus on the UK/I markets. This is a commercial Finance role which requires a strong Financial Planning & Analysis skill-set and the ability to drive action to support the business' growth agenda.

Regional Commercial Finance Manager (50% of role)
Working very closely with the Regional CFO, supported by the regional performance analyst, to fulfil the following responsibilities:
* Develop long-term financial plan aligned to strategic objectives and priorities
* Oversee monthly/quarterly P&L forecasting process, steering delivery towards full year targets. Identify risks and opportunities to delivery and support markets to develop action plans
* Provide analytics and insights to drive business performance and inform pricing, investment and innovation decisions
* Oversee integrated and efficient monthly/quarterly performance reporting for region and markets
* Provide regional oversight to overheads investment, driving monthly tracking and reporting
* Liaise with global and regional Procurement and Supply Chain Finance to understand cost trends and drive understanding/actions into markets
* Oversee weekly cash forecasting process. Drive cash management capabilities and understanding into the markets. Steer delivery towards regional and market cash targets
* Provide ad hoc analytical and financial support to markets as and when necessary
* Support SAP (and related systems) implementation over course of next 12 months as we seek to fully separate from Unilever systems and transitional services

UK/I Commercial Finance Manager (50% of role)
Working very closely with the Regional CFO and UKI Country Controller to fulfil the following responsibilities:
* Sales Finance lead for UK Retail and Food Service teams, providing commercial Finance support regarding pricing/promotional decisions and annual Customer Business Plans, in order to drive sustainable, profitable growth
* Embed Net Revenue Management analytics, insights and actions into monthly business rhythm, leveraging both financial and market information
* Optimise short-term forecasting process to ensure clarity on forecast, risks and opportunities and actions required to further improve performance
* Develop Customer annual planning tool and embed into long-term planning process
* Further develop controls around trade investment spend, covering authorization and monitoring of spend


  • Professional Accounting qualification
  • Commercial financial planning & analysis and business partnering experience with proven ability to deliver results
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-functional organisation with varied stakeholders (seniority, functional mix)
  • Strong influencing and communication skills
  • Delivery-focussed with a high degree of ownership and a positive, growth mindset
  • Collaborative and team-orientated mindset
  • Resilience and ability to manage and navigate through change and uncertainty
  • Insurgent mindset and passion to identify and deliver profitable, growth opportunities
  • FMCG experience is essential

We are fast, agile, entrepreniual and we want YOU to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! If this sounds like the role for you, you need to click apply today!

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