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    Manufacturing Finance Lead

    Manufacturing Finance Lead - Tea Company

    Work Location: Netherlands

    Job Type: Full-Time

    Travel required 20%. (subject to company policy related to Covid 19).

    About the Tea Business

    Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka.

    Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The process is expected to conclude by the end of 2021. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.

    The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.

    The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.

    As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.

    Your Role:

    Based in Rotterdam and reporting to the SC Finance Director TeaCo, the Manufacturing Finance Manager is responsible for a network of factories within TeaCo as well as the 3rd party manufacturing locations. You will initially drive the design and landing of the new manufacturing finance organization as well as its processes and tools. You will be working closely with the Project team as a representative of the TeaCo business. Then on an ongoing basis you will develop expertise in the network and will be leading key performance interventions and projects, building long-term sites masterplans, and supporting key network decisions with business case and insights. You will ensure that key financial controls are being implemented. The Manufacturing Finance Manager business partners the SC Lead for TeaCo for key manufacturing decisions and interventions. You will be managing the Industrial finance managers in factories and will be developing a strong manufacturing finance community through best practices and learning.

    Your Key Tasks:

    • Establish the manufacturing finance team, processes and tools within the newly set-up Teaco business

    • Lead development of new capabilities and analytics giving the relevant team the tools to operate with a higher level of effectiveness

    • On an ongoing basis you will lead the performance management of the end to end manufacturing for Teaco:

    • Deliver in-year factory network financial results together with SC Lead both for Teaco owned factories as well as 3PM

    • Allocate production Capex across sites with priorities aligned to the Teaco strategy

    • Drive the waste reduction finance agenda (ZBW, Business waste) aligned to Teaco Strategy

    • Sign off planning/actuals cycles, anticipate and manage risk and opportunities and gap closing plans

    • Focus on value that matters: key performance interventions, participating in building sites masterplans and managing specific big value projects (innovations, restructuring, big investments)

    • Performance managing the 3rd party manufacturing for Teaco

    • Connect with the FP&A team, to ensure that manufacturing performance is integrated in the and overall performance management

    • Steer the resources behind key value-focused capabilities

    • Lead Transfer Prices cycle for manufacturing

    Key interfaces and relevant stakeholders for this role:

    • Line management of a large team (>10FTE) across multiple manufacturing locations (WL1 + WL2)

    • 3rd party manufacturing finance

    • Puccini global project team including SC separation team

    • GCAD, Treasury, Tax, Legal

    • VP SC Lead and SC finance lead for TeaCo

    Required knowledge and Experiences:

    • >8 years work experience with experiences in SC and factory finance roles highly valued

    • Worked in FMCG, Multi-national companies & international roles

    • Experience with driving a transformation agenda

    • Team lead experience

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent communication, negotiation, and strategic influencing skills with diverse, multi-functional stakeholders

    • Entrepreneurial mindset: ability to identify opportunities, set agenda and drive speedy actions, overcome and learn from setbacks

    • Familiar with financial and supply chain processes, specifically manufacturing is a plus

    • Good written and verbal English in addition to at least one more widely used language

    • Ability to work effectively remotely and lead a team

    • Good planning and organizing skills, project management experience is a pre

    • Able to work in detail without losing focus on the result is a pre

    • Embrace a growth mindset with strong dedication to customers

    • End to end management, ability to understand the big picture but also comfortable with details and managing the operations

    • Highly adaptable and entrepreneurial, self-managed

    • Change catalyst, passionate about innovation, improvements and proactive

    Excited about the Role?

    Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

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