Strategic Finance Partner

  • Uxbridge, United Kingdom
  • Full-time

Company Description

One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more.

We seek out the best of the best and give them development, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with us means joining a company that makes a difference for others. There is tremendous opportunity here for people who want to advance the industry, through innovation and nourish the world with quality.

Job Description

Frequent Contacts: FP&A team, Head of Commercial Finance, Marketing Managers, Market Strategy & Planning Managers, Regional Brand Finance teams, Cluster Sales teams

Reporting to the Northern Europe Cluster (NEC) Senior Finance Manager, this position will play the lead finance role in delivering multi-million dollar brand sales & profit targets and shape future strategy for our Core Brands. The SFP will act as an effective business partner as part of the Brand Leadership team.

Responsibilities include:

       Development of brand annual plan and strategy & delivery across 3 key European markets (UK, Ireland & Germany) for the NEC

       Recommend & execute plan accelerators

       Endorse and implement portfolio optimisation

       Scrutinise in-year financial & budget management

       Exhibit essential communication skills and crucial financial insights – identifying areas to accelerate opportunities whilst mitigating risk profile

       Implement tracking, action & optimisation of budgets

       Demonstrate exceptional leadership and excellent business partnership skills for the strategy, planning & financial analysis as part of the brand team

       Use financial expertise, utilising a high level of professional judgement

       Collaborate on decisions and recommendations for the brand and channel strategies

       Manage the preparation & delivery of monthly brand results, accurate analysis of change and provide key and actionable commentary

       Develop and build robust, assumption-led delivery of annual plans

       Provide relevant and insightful analysis along with recommendations to the Brand Leadership Team to improve the quality of decisions and ensure the chosen business options deliver the highest financial value at an acceptable level of risk

       Guarantee marketing budget oversight & return on investment analysis

       Drive visibility on innovation & renovation items

       In partnership with the Market Strategy & Planning Manager, responsible for the preparation and presentation of the proposed monthly IBM brand forecast.

       Pro- active use (and development) of analytical techniques and models to influence business decision making.

       Brand/Customer/Channel special projects as required


Required experience/competencies/attributes:

       Qualified Accountant Professional and of graduate calibre; minimum 1 yr + post qualified

       Ability to credibly challenge and influence throughout a matrix environment.

       Effective prioritisation and organisation skills

       Clear, concise and influential communicator (both in writing and verbally)

       Ability to engender trust throughout the organisation and GM international 

       Previous experience within the Commercial sector and preferably the branded food or FMCG sector

       Good understanding of Information Systems (IS).

       Ability to critically review and improve business processes

       Proactive and results orientated

       Strong attention to detail and accuracy

       Motivated to add value both within the Finance team and when dealing with the Sales and Marketing functions

       Personal fit with the Company’s culture; passionate, driven by quality and achieving results, high level of integrity, team player

       Eagerness to learn and progress


This role offers the opportunity to work within a challenging fast moving environment.  The individual will be offered and expected to take on a high level of responsibility and will develop first class analytical support skills.

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