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    Finance & Accounting
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      November 14,2021
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    Head of Finance BENEFRA

    Head of Finance (Netherlands, France, Belgium)

    Amsterdam – based in the Netherlands.

    Looking for a role with an international scope of operations? Looking for a role where you can combine your finance management & people management stills? That one finance role where you get the autonomy further develop a team & finance operations, where your input is welcome and where you also actively contribute to a better plant-based future?

    Within Upfield we are looking for an experienced Head of Finance for our biggest European market unit, combining The Netherlands, Belgium & France. You are based in the Netherlands and occasionally travel to the other countries if needed. You have experience within Food/FMCG, and have performed a Head of / CFO / Director Finance role, preferably within private equity as well.

    Upfield is the world's biggest plant-based food production company. Together with over 4000 colleagues, we work on the future of food every day. We have a heritage of over 150 years, but have only been operating as Upfield for the last 3 years. Which means we are a highly entrepreneurial and we operate in a fast-changing environment.

    In the role of Head of Finance, you are an active member of the European Finance Leadership team reporting to the European CFO with matrix reporting into the General Manager of the Netherlands, France & Belgium cluster. You have a strong Finance focus on both long- and short-term success of the business and as people manager you will coach and develop the finance teams in the three countries.
    You will have a full P&L responsibility in the countries, you will support the local teams whilst standardizing the financial framework according to the EU and Global standards. You manage and support the local finance commercial teams, they provide finance operational and decision support that provides high quality financial and commercial insights driving market unit performance. Also, you will be directly responsible for managing cash flow within the market, making sure a strong control framework exists and is aligned to the Corporate Group function. You will travel regularly across the market to identify and fix problems as they arise and drive efficiencies and cost savings.

    You provide thorough analysis and review at a customer and channel level of the commercial plans and results against internal metrics with conclusions and actions required to ensure performance is on track as part of a monthly financial report. You engage with the markets internal and external stakeholders, to drive transparency and build strong, lasting relationships by providing clear indications of current performance, operational soundness and prospects. As business partner, you drive the finance decisions and you understand their impact on the region's bottom line. Next to business partnering with the local and regional finance teams, you collaborate with the global finance team, developing and creating world class processes to align the market, European and Global financial strategies and objectives.

    About You
    You are an experienced Head of Finance, within an international environment and you have experience within both Food/ FMCG as well as a private equity owned business. You live in the Netherlands but are willing to travel to Belgium & France on occasional basis. Your English is fluent and you preferably speak French as well.

    You are a top-tier professional who is comfortable in detailed precision, high-level strategic analysis and problem solving. You have a strong commercial focus and business partnering skills.

    Upfield is a fast changing environment, which requires being resilient in the face of pressure and strong project management skills. Next to being a solid business partner from the finance perspective, you are a people manager as well. You will together with a team of professionals where no day is the same and decisions are taken fast.

    To succeed in Upfield you need to be flexible and open-minded, you must be able to adapt quickly to changing requirements and you have strong communication and report writing skills. You also have a strong work ethic, are good team player and you can meet multiple stretching deadlines.

    About Upfield
    At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that's free from plastic. We've got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We've been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we're only just getting started.

    Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.

    We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for career defining opportunities.


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