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Senior Finance Manager - Logistics & Supply Chain

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Date: 27-Jul-2022

Location: Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear P, Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear Park, GB

Company: Britvic

At Britvic, we strive to be the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow. We offer consumers a range of family favourite and global premium brands. We exist to help people enjoy life’s everyday moments.
 
As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside the bottle.
Our story started in 1938 as a product that was an affordable source of vitamins to the Great British public. Originally selling Tomato Juice, followed by other juices and mixers, the brand has continued to evolve, becoming a fantastic core range of fruit juice and soft drinks sold across the globe.
 
You will know some of these brand and most likely have some in your homes, such as Robinson's cordials, Tango, R White's Lemonade, J20, Pepsi and 7up.
We have operations in Great Britain, Ireland, France & Brazil and have been taking our brands around the world, exporting to over 50 countries and working with carefully chosen partners to franchise our brands. 

 

About the Role:

 

As Senior Finance Manager, GB Logistics and Ire Supply Chain Finance Lead, you will provide finance leadership and decision support to the GB demand & supply planning and network logistics teams and the Ireland supply chain leadership team. 

You will also be accountable for reporting, analysis and forecasting of costs, as well as being part of the governance and decision making processes, to ensure that we deliver in year performance, balancing service resilience and cost. You will lead the development of key insights to unlock value across Ireland & GB, working closely with both the Ireland and GB Leadership teams to influence and positively impact the outcomes that the supply chain delivers.

 

The role’s primary base is Hemel Hempstead  (circa 1-2 days a week) and will also be required to travel to  Ireland circa 2-4 days a month as well as visits to network sites such as the National Distribution Centre.   
Key Responsibilities:

Business Performance Management 

Provide leadership across all aspects of GB logistics and Ireland supply chain finance, to ensure there is  clarity and understanding of the key drivers of performance and the interventions required to unlock further value or mitigate risks to the plan. This will include:

  • Timely and accurate monthly reporting and analysis, providing clarity of tracking vs Budget and vs. Outlook and insight into performance issues, enabling action. 
  • Preparation of a monthly outlook for costs, informed by demonstrated performance, efficiency plans and agreed actions / interventions from the monthly performance cycle
  • Provide clear visibility of potential risks and drive action to deliver against opportunities
  • Prepare and present ad hoc analysis (Trend analysis, scenario plans) informing ahead of time of a potential issue that requires corrective action. 
  • Ensure that the appropriate financial controls and processes are in place to ensure robust and timely reporting and continuously drive supply chain finance process improvements
  • Calculation of standards for the following calendar year, taking into account efficiency drivers, waste reduction projects and zero loss activities

 

Work in close partnership with their immediate team of finance managers to deliver the following :

  • Ensure Business Partners understand and deliver against key performance indicators that underpin the transport and warehousing plans and cost budgets
  • Ownership of a dynamic model that underpins the logistics budget, informed by logistics efficiency KPIs that is updated through out the year in the light of demonstrated performance and progress against improvement and efficiency initiatives 
  • Play a key role in supporting and driving delivery  of efficiency and operational improvement initiatives 
  • Work with the Commercial Finance team to share insights on cost trends for their respective brands & categories

 

Strategic planning and Business cases

  • Produce robust financial modelling and input to the business case rationale for future expansion plans and efficiency driving projects
  • Ensure benefits are embedded in the budget and forecasts and provide visibility of delivery of actuals against the agreed business case
  • Prepare post-implementation evaluation, identifying opportunities for value to be restored vs the original plan or over deliver as appropriate 
  • Develop strategic plan and Annual Operating plans, partnering with Supply chain partners  and translate efficiency and productivity and automation opportunities into actionable operational targets . 


Value Creation 

  • Play a hands-on role on supporting both the Ireland Supply Chain Ops team and GB Demand &Supply Planning and Network logistics teams develop strategies to improve capacity, service, quality, health and safety, compliance, efficiency, cost and cash.
  • Provide insights to the rest of the business on Ireland Supply Chains Ops Cost, total distribution costs and cost-to-serve, generating ideas for margin improvement
  • Champion an evaluation culture to continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of critical activities within Manufacturing, Planning, Distribution and Logistics Finance


People Leadership & Influence 

  • Lead, manage and coach a team of three.
  • Coach and support the development of the team, ensuring that development plans are in place and reviewed 
  • Play part in building a culture in Supply Chain FInance where  everyone feels empowered and supported to be their best selves at work  

 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

  • Qualified accountant
  • Self starter, able to work under own initiative, identify and then deliver solutions to business and finance problems. 
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver through the team in a fast paced rapidly changing environment
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and an ability to distil key messages and make recommendations from complex data
  • Good engagement and influencing skills, capable of building strong relationships with stakeholders and making things and  change happen
  • Comfortable with managing a team of people over multiple locations
  • Advanced financial modelling skills (Excel)
  • Systems: SAP, BBW,  SAC 
  • Background in FMCG and supply chain preferable – retailer or manufacturer
  • A self-starter able to work under own initiative

 

Qualifications:

  • Qualified accountant (essential) with experience in FMCG (preferred)
  • Previous experience as Distribution Finance Business Partner (preferred)
  • Previous experience on SAP (essential) and/or JDE (preferred)
  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills (preferred)

What we Believe - We're Striving for better

Our Purpose
We give our all to creating products people truly love. Together, we are united by one shared purpose: enjoying life's everyday moments.

Our Vision
The world around us is changing - and we must evolve too. We're on a mission to become the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow.

Our Values
At Britvic everything we do is informed by our values. It's the way we act in order to achieve our goals and nurture a culture we can all feel proud of.
We care - We care deeply about our brands, our role in society and our impact on the planet. But above all, it's the happiness and health of our people that always comes first.
We're courageous - We're free to dream big, act bravely and lead with heart to deliver breakthrough outcomes.
We own it - Our Integrity, how we work, show up and take accountability matters. We do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way. We say what we mean, and do what we say.
We act with Pace - We cut through complexity, responding to opportunities or challenges with agility and pace. We listen to understand, identify solutions and are trusted to deliver.
We're stronger together - We are open, collaborative and inclusive, respecting and learning from each other's unique contributions, while celebrating our collective success. 

We’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact, this is at the heart of our company culture and values, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

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