Commercial Accountant/ Finance Manager - Investment Lines

Date: 15-Mar-2023

Location: Hemel Hempstead, GB, HP2 4TZ

Company: Britvic



At Britvic we’re on a journey to become the most dynamic soft drinks company. 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.

We offer consumers a range of family favourite and global premium brands such as Robinson's, Tango, J20, R Whites & London Essence. We exist to help people enjoy life’s everyday moments.


About the Role:

This commercial accounting team leader, Finance Manager - Investment Lines role is responsible for the accounting and reporting of the trade investment (ie rebates/discounts) spends across all routes to market in GB and Ireland. 
The Finance Manager - Investment Lines will also be responsible for:

  1. Supporting Period-end activities and financial reporting
  2. Owning the day to day relationship and delivery of numbers to Commercial Finance
  3. Working closely with the AR and SOPS function to assist shortpay process
  4. Supporting any IT upgrade projects as necessary during the year
  5. Managing the half year and full year external audit process for the investment lines
  6. Ad hoc requests to support the Commercial Accounting Manager (CAM)


This role is for an experienced commercial accountant, with responsibility for the management and development of 2 part-qualified members of staff.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the accuracy of the investment lines balances in GB and Ireland
  2. Responsible for the preparation of robust and timely period end accounts for all investment lines across GB and Ireland in line with the group timetable reporting to the CAM.
  3. Responsibility for period end reconciliations for investment balance sheet accounts with fully supported and adequate documentation 
  4. Responsibility for the preparation of the Commercial scorecard on trade investment, adjustments and shortpay.
  5. Support for the Customer Claims register and the overseeing of the audit claim process in conjunction with Customer Management Team
  6. Support the corrective workaround and resolution of system issues impacting rebates areas
  7. Supporting the implementation of Kantar in FY21-FY22


Business Partnering 

  1. Day to day relationship with Channel Finance Managers
  2. Take an active part in FARs along with SOPs, Channel Finance and CDMs
  3. Provide appropriate financial support and guidance as required to CDMs/SOPS team
  4. Development of a relationship with customer management across Ireland and International to help embed new ways of working and process improvements to ensure consistency across all areas.
  5. Delivery of training to drive process compliance and best practice to the commercial functions


Audit & Control

  1. Identify opportunities for process improvement to improve efficiency and control
  2. Responsibility for Providing all necessary material for the external audit in relation to investment spend GB and Ireland


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

  1. Good understanding of financial & accounting principles
  2. Advanced Excel skills
  3. Good communicator – able to clearly articulate finance concepts to non-finance colleagues
  4. Systems: MS Office, Solid skills with accounting software such as SAP R3 and BW
  5. Proactive rather than reactive with a personable communication style 
  6. Ability to identify an issue and problem solve through to resolution
  7. Operates with discipline
  8. Ability to challenge the business partners
  9. Highly organised and reliable
  10. Background in FMCG preferable – retailer or manufacturer


We believe we are stronger together and that’s why we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees. We know that by building a truly inclusive environment where everyone feels celebrated, safe and respected - diversity and wellbeing will naturally thrive