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Head of Operations Finance

DS Smith
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
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About the role

As the Head of Operations Finance for our Packaging Division across the North Europe Region (UK & Ireland, Germany & Switzerland, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, with circa 88 sites and approximately 9000+ employees), you will be a key member of the regional senior finance team, responsible for providing actionable insight into the Operational performance of the region's manufacturing sites and supporting the implementation and development of operational initiatives.

Partnering with our Regional Operations Director, you will provide support through analysis and insight, influencing operational decisions and performance. You will need to understand and communicate where and how the business creates value, developing and exploring alternative solutions to strategic issues, and work closely with the business to support site specific plans. The role will see you controlling operational costs, developing effective tracking mechanisms, understanding drivers of productivity, driving fibre efficiency initiatives, and championing the drive to reduce working capital.

You will make financial assessments on capital investment projects (heading up the Regional Capital Committee), ensuring all decisions are made in a strong and transparent governance environment. This will see you evaluating material investment appraisals, making recommendations for the allocation of resources, coordinating capital budgets that will impact investment decisions, and then managing post investment reviews to measure performance against original business cases and plans.

The role will also have you looking at the cost modelling process and reconciliation, ensuring a consistent approach to attributing costs to production assets, and supporting the critical understanding of product profitability and operational efficiency over time. You will support the operational planning process through working with the Operations Business Partners in each of our markets in utilising and developing the aligned sales and operational planning (S&OP) process.

You will indirectly manage the Operational Finance teams in each of our markets within the region, supporting the development of talent within the team.


The holder of the role will ideally be based in the UK, with travel across Northern Europe required.

About you

Minimum requirements:
  • Educated to degree level, with an accounting qualification (ACA, CIMA or ACCA)
  • At least five years of post-qualified experience in relevant positions
  • Experience working in a fast-paced manufacturing, retail or FMCG environment
  • Experience with S&OP operation and implementation
  • Practical project management skills
  • Highly commercial and influential, with proven business partnering and leadership skills, able to support non-finance managers in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with high-value capital investment appraisals
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (specifically Excel), able to interpret large amounts of financial data and draw meaningful business recommendations

  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays?
  • Discretionary bonus and car allowance
  • Pension and share scheme
  • Private medical insurance, life assurance and income protection
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and corporate discounts
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