Finance Partner/Graduate

  • Uxbridge, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

Food. Purpose. You. 

We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. 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. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$17.6 billion during fiscal 2015.

We seek out the best talent, then give them development resources, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who want to advance food through innovation and serve the world.

Job Description

Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP)

This position is part of the Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) where Finance professionals will develop their skillsets and add value to the business by rotating through various different Finance positions as they grow their career with General Mills.  Areas of rotation include Brands Finance, Sales Finance, Supply Chain Finance, FP&A, and Accounting and Controls. Being part of the FLDP program will provide you the opportunity to build deep knowledge of the different P&L line items and be part of a vibrant and evolving Finance function that is greatly valued across the business.

Key Responsibilities

Roles & Responsibilities

This position will provide business support and partnership in delivering multi-million dollar brand sales & profit targets and shape future strategy across a growing and diverse portfolio of industry leading iconic brands. The Finance Partner will work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders within finance as well as the wider commercial teams (Marketing, Saes, Supply Chain, etc).

Key aspects of the role will include:


       Demonstrate exceptional leadership and excellent business partnership skills for the strategy, planning & financial analysis of business units, whilst working alongside wider commercial teams.

       Execute Cluster month end close process; Ensure the accurate and timely delivery of management reporting and financial insights.

       Manage P&L movements through monthly forecast cycle, whilst interrogating assumptions and working with business units to recommend risks and opportunities to delivery of annual plan.

       Develop and build robust, assumption-led annual plans, working collaboratively with a variety of functions across the business.

       Provide relevant and insightful analysis along with recommendations to the 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

       Proactively develop reports, tools and insights to suit the requirements of stakeholders and drive/influence business decision making.

       Scenario planning and building of business cases across Brand/Customer/Channel initiatives as and when required.


The Person

Skills & Qualifications 

Required experience/competencies/attributes:

       Part qualified Professional a distinct advantage and of graduate calibre

       Prior experience working in FMCG, retail or supplier  environment an advantage

       Ambitious and keen learner

       Experience of delivering results through working in cross-functional teams

       Very Strong analytical skills with a strong commercial mindset (business partner mindset)

       Leadership and influencing skills

       Self-driven with proven entrepreneurial mind-set

       Attention to detail

       Proficient in Microsoft Excel (Modelling, Pivots, Slicers, Index, Match, Lookups) and PowerPoint

       SAP ERP, SAP CRM, BW Systems experience an advantage

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.

Additional Information

What will you get from us?

Joining General Mills is your chance to be part of a fun and collaborative team - a small team in a big company! Our robust projects give you the opportunity to make an immediate impact as you learn and grow in preparation for your future. You will interact with senior leaders, build a professional network, and create lasting friendships.