Customer Finance Business Partner

Arla Foods Limited
Leeds, UK
13 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking to recruit a Customer Finance Business Partner to support our Commercial team at our head office in Leeds. In this role you will report to the Sales Finance Director. This is a challenging and demanding role providing finance support to some of our key business units. The role has full responsibility for the first line of finance support to the Value Retail Customer Business Unit and will have exposure to management at all levels so being able to build positive relationships is key. The role is very integrated within the Commercial function, sits within these teams and is very much a valued partner to sales colleagues. The successful applicant will need to be able to work independently, have the ability to positively challenge and influence and will also be able to communicate effectively at all levels.


Some of the key responsibilities in this role will include:

Acting as the key finance business partner and trusted advisor to a specific Business unit within the Commercial team

Driving and preparing sound business cases as required e.g. Tenders

Following up on performance and challenging for improvements

Working closely with the sales and price management teams to maximize our price opportunities in the market

Ensuring performance targets are visible and embedded within the teams and helping to ensure we have an effective performance dialogue

Reviewing monthly performance and signing-off month end for customers

Managing risk and ensuring we have sound controls e.g. customer agreements

Helping to drive improvements in DSO and aged debt

Reviewing forecasts and ensuring accurate pricing is in place

Ad-hoc projects

Supporting other members of the sales finance team and covering these areas if prioritized by the Sales Finance Director


The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with previous experience of working in a similar commercially focussed role. With an ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, you will have a pro-active and independent approach to your work. You will demonstrate good influencing skills and will be able to make sound judgements. Confident in dealing with a range of stakeholders at different levels, you will be able to build positive relationships across the business. Finally you will also have strong Microsoft Office skills and, ideally, experience of working with SAP

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