Finance Manager - FDC

At Premier Foods, we create the food the nation loves for modern life.

We’re one of Britain’s largest branded food companies, employing around 4,000 people in over 14 sites across the country, and supplying a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain’s best-loved brands. Those brands include Ambrosia desserts, Batchelors convenient meals, Bisto and OXO stocks and gravies, Loyd Grossman and Sharwood’s cooking sauces, and Mr. Kipling cakes.

Chances are you have one of our products in your home, as over 95% of British households bought one of our products last year.

Location Salary Function Closing date
St Albans Competitive Package Finance 6-6-2017

Job description

Finance Manager – Foodservice, Discounters & Convenience (FDC)
Based in St Albans.
We’re delighted to offer the opportunity for an experienced Finance Manager to operate as an effective Business Partner to the Foodservice, Discounters and Convenience (FDC) channel and work hand-in-hand with the Revenue Growth team to influence trade investment strategy and provide accurate and timely finance support to drive solid, informed and quality business decision making.
Key responsibilities:
Business Partner
  • Provide first class financial support to the Trading Director and Channel Directors within the FDC channels influencing behaviours and performance through insights & visibility of key drivers
  • Support the creation and delivery of the Channel/Customer strategies using strong financial and commercial acumen
  • Ensure Business Partners understand financial priorities and provide support and coaching to improve their financial / commercial skills
  • Drive margin enhancement initiatives (Product/Customer mix, promo efficiency, ad-hoc projects)
Trade Investment
  • Challenge JBP’s and ensure “SMART” conditional investment.
  • Optimise returns on investment through analysis and ensure scenario modelling is presented clearly so decisions are easily made
  • Actively monitor and control trade spend within relevant Customers ensuring appropriate levels of promotional accruals are maintained, trade & pricing claims are promptly resolved & full participation on other cash improvement initiatives
  • Review of promotional plans with appropriate levels of interrogation and challenge
Actuals, Budgeting, Forecasting & Strategic Planning
  • Own, develop & improve all reporting cycles embedding accuracy and data integrity throughout all processes
  • Review financial performance and ensure significant issues, risks and actions are clearly communicated and there are no surprises.
  • Provide insight and in depth understanding of underlying performance, key drivers and trends.
  • Lead challenge of Customer forecasts and in close collaboration with the Trading Director Channel Directors ensure they are both robust and deliverable with clearly assigned actions to deliver the annual performance targets.
  • Develop and monitor Customer action plans to realise opportunities and mitigate risks.
  • Development and preparation of 3 year strategic channel & customer sales plans in partnership
Commercial Proposals & Tenders
  • Review and approve all commercial proposals, prior to communication to customers.
  • Support the tender and new listing processes
  • Ensure financial risks /opportunities and sensitivities clearly communicated to the appropriate level within the business
Leadership & Team work
  • Line management of commercial accountant – development and leadership.
  • Lead team to challenge and improve the efficiency & effectiveness of existing processes looking to make proposals for improvements for both Sales and Finance functions
Systems & Controls
  • Support the development, roll out and enhancement of Reporting Systems from an end user perspective identifying and driving best in class reporting and analytics using SAP, TPM & BOBJ
  • Ensure the existence of a strong internal control environment with robust accounting controls to deliver accurate and reliable accounting and operational information 
Minimum Requirements:
  • Qualified Accountant – ACMA/ACCA/ACA/CIMA
  • Graduate or equivalent Experience / Skills
  • Experience of FMCG or fast paced environment preferred within the Commercial sector
  • Ability to challenge and influence as part of a matrix environment
  • Experience of creating & persuasively presenting strategic recommendations essential
  • First class analytical skills
  • Excellent PC skills – high level of competence in spreadsheet applications
  • Experience of SAP/BOBJ helpful
  • Previous line management experience

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