Commercial Finance Manager (Northern Europe)

The Commercial Finance Manager (CFM) is a key member of the Northern Europe (NE) Finance and Regional Leadership team. Reporting to the Head of Commercial Finance, the CFM provides value added analysis and insights on regional performance. The CFM will work closely with the General Manager (GM) and Regional Head of Accounting to deliver the Group and Regional Finance strategy.


Key Responsibilities

• Business Partner the GM to help execute the Southern Europe strategy and ensure the region performs to budget

• Lead the budget and forecast planning process in the region working to Group deadlines

• Assist in the regional annual planning cycle, working with the GM to provide critical insight at the regional planning reviews

• Develop key modelling for effective scenario planning to aid decision making

• Approve pricing changes and work with Customer Service to ensure fair trading practices

• Provide insights and analysis on performance against budget, forecast, and prior year

• Prepare quarterly bottom up forecasts, annual bottom up budgets and strategic plans for NE

• Local P&L management, tracking and delivery against a budget / forecast, including providing local teams with a latest view of performance and achievability of Budget / Forecast

• Provide regional performance reporting to NE Leadership team and Group Leadership team.

• Analyse customer and brand contribution to ensure Region is in line with total Group targets

• Track and log distributor contract expiry dates

• Adhoc reporting as required by Sales and Marketing teams

• Collaborate with Supply Chain and demand planning to assess future risk and opportunities

• To prepare and review the Regional forecasts, budgets and strategic plans; including, review and analysis of figures and commentaries explaining variances from forecast/budget and prior year

• To benchmark products, margins, sales and costs against main competitors

• To prepare, review and challenge proposed group projects return on investment (ROI) calculations; including marketing, New Product Development and Capex projects

• To conduct weekly and monthly sales reporting & analysis, marketing costs analysis and new product development costs for month ends, forecasts and budgets. 


Person Specification 

Education / Qualifications

• Qualified Accountant (CPA/CMA)

• Experience using Adaptive Insights and SAP

• Proven experience of extracting & manipulating data from a variety of sources


Skills and Experience

• Strong Business Partnering Skills

• Advanced Excel skills are essential

• German Speaking (fluent)

• Self motivated with an ability to work on own initiative

• Strong problem solving skillsJob Description Commercial Finance Manager

• Ability to analyse large amounts of data and quickly understand and summarise key problems & trends

• Confident dealing with and challenging people at all levels

• Able to identify ways or improving processes and implement changes

• Inquisitive nature, ability to identify and solve the cause of a problem

• Highly organised with ability to dynamically prioritise workload

• Able to work under pressure, capable of adapting to a changing environment and adhering to strict deadlines