Finance Manager / Cost Controller

City of London, London
£35200 - £44000 per annum + bonus & holidays
04 Nov 2016
02 Dec 2016
Manpower UK
Job Type
An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our client Unilever are currently looking for a Financial Manager/Cost Controller based at Unilever's prestigious facility in Blackfriars, London. This is a full time temporary role starting ASAP, running until 31st October 2017 (with possible extension), working a 36.25 hour week. This role is paying up to £44K per annum pro rata, depending on experience.

The Global Cost Controller Team is a core pillar within Unilever finance, controlling, budgeting and forecasting for €5b of central costs. The purpose of the team is to deliver Unilever's financial growth model by driving leverage in global costs. We do this by simplifying the central cost processes, providing transparency of cost information and driving costs to agreed benchmarks.
As global departments controllers, we drive performance culture by defining clear performance targets and the information required to deliver these targets.

Delivers central capabilities in terms of the Overheads costs framework and management, across the organisation (Global and Local Costs). Within this area, and with a white-collar cost base of €5b (local and global), the FTE cost controller plays a leading role in bringing clarity on Unilever employment cost.

Key Accountabilities
C4G (Connected for Growth) Restructuring program
* Business case design,
* Consistency cross check, preparing audit tracking of the project
* Liaison with global functions to ensure implementation of the program
* Consolidation of restructuring needs & savings
* Lead P&L translation of transformation impact and target / COM relief communication to budget holders
* Restructuring controlling: Monthly collection of actual project redundancy payment / restructuring provisions raised, comparison with forecast, raising central provisions to match plan and ensure correct overall costs are recognised.
* Savings controlling and forecasting: Collect from HR actual FTE efficiencies, construc of theoretical cost saving to be recognised in P&L (TRS -Total Reward System- employee reward data). Reconcile theoretical saving with COM reduction delivered.

FTE modelling & Support to TRS development
* Finance lead for the deployment of a centralised solution for people cost budgeting / forecasting / model inflation / FTE movements / tracking actual savings
* Drive project to improve / validate tax calculator to ensure the reward tool delivers a 'fully loaded' company cost of employment
* Project delivery: ensure the system becomes a key tool for budget holders to support management reporting, budgeting and forecasting of departmental cost

HR / Finance transparency on FTE cost
Bring transparency and align communication between HR (FTE based reporting, Organisational Hierarchy), and Finance (P&L / cost base reporting, with management unit hierarchy) by:
* providing HR with cost modelling for FTE reporting (average costs as well as individual employee reward)
* liaising with finance & HR hierarchy owners to clean link from cost centre to organisation unit,
* OU (Organisational Unit) vs MU (Management Unit) hierarchy reconciliation
* embedding FTE information into cost reporting tool being developed (cost control cube) to create sustainable FTE cost reporting solution

Minimum Requirements
* Qualified accountant or equivalent
* Ability to own & drive your own agenda (pro-active & independent worker)
* Ability to lead project and communicate with HR, IT, tax, etc. stakeholders
* Ability to manage large and complex sets of data
* High attention to detail, and ability to summarise for senior stakeholders.
* Demonstrated competency at growing & developing people/teams
* Strength in holding others accountable
* Experience in presenting and communicating with senior management