This key role is responsible for proactively crafting and delivering relevant, actionable analyses and reporting to internal customers. The individual must be able to effectively interact, collaborate and communicate across multiple functions in the organization, cooperating and building consensus to get results. The position will plan, prioritize and manage workload in an environment of competing priorities where risk must be accurately assessed to support and guide timely and sound business decisions. The role provides opportunity to provide leadership, direct others, coach people, manage projects, and think strategically while dealing with business complexity.
The Analyst will operate as a key finance lead and strategic business partner to the T&P management team, and other key business functions. Key areas of responsibility include financial planning and analysis, decision support to improve overall business performance, coordination of monthly financial close, performance management reporting and special projects. The Analyst will act as a change agent to drive simplification and standardization of processes and development of reporting tools supporting the Technical Controller/VP Ensuring Supply Finance, Operations Controlling, Factory Finance, and Technical & Production Leadership.
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
Financial Analysis & Decision Support: Drive transparency and communication of risks and opportunities to key partners. Collaborate with T&P finance across categories for the communication (identification of new practices, revision of current practices, understanding), implementation of Finance & Control Best Practices. Provide timely and relevant analysis to customers from T&P to enable decision making and business planning. Collaborate to understand key variance drivers and communicate supporting narrative; provide decision support to finance team and senior management. Ad hoc projects related to standardization of reporting, improving internal controls, or increasing efficiencies.
Requirements and Minimum Education Level:
BA/BS with major in Accounting or Finance, or BA/BS degree with coursework up to and including intermediate accounting
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in Accounting/Finance
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
CPA, CMA, MBA
Food industry experience
Hands-on knowledge of US Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (US GAAP) or International Accounting Standards (IAS) assumptions, principles and constraints (i.e. economic equity, going concern, monetary unit, periodic reporting, historical cost, revenue recognition matching, full disclosure, cost-benefit relationship, materiality, and conservatism)
Proven ability to design financial & non-financial measurements and key performance indicators to drive improved business performance
Decision support skills
Knowledge of budget preparation and forecasting for cost centers / balance sheet accounts
Ability to understand and communicate the drivers of product profit & loss
Complex financial modeling skills
Knowledge of the principles of cost accounting and activity-based costing
Nestlé Accounting Standards (NAS) – for internal candidates
Computer skills: MS Windows including intermediate Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; basic Access, and experience using SAP
Proven Ability To:
Effectively manage competing priorities by choosing those deliverables that will have the highest impact on the performance results
Manage/prioritize time, information, and resources effectively in order to meet deadlines and respond to requests on a timely basis; multi-task.
Network across functional and divisional silos
Build, focus and motivate effective teams
Influence business decisions with concrete financial support
Resolve conflicts / discrepancies positively and professionally
Work independently in solving business issues and taking initiative
Partner with the customer / other functional teams to drive business results and meet deliverables
Recommend possible strategic courses of action to capitalize on business opportunities
Identify risks and opportunities
Communicate effectively and professionally in written and verbal form, including presentation skills