The key accountabilities of the Brand Development Finance Business Partner Analyst are as follows: 1. Strategic Resource Allocation: • Support the management of the CIP budget (people costs, BIC) and help facilitate trade-offs to meet the strategic priorities of the brand/category • Align stakeholder commitment to financial investments and ensure they are commensurate with future growth potential. 2. Gate Keeping & Portfolio Management: • Support in active portfolio reviews to facilitate priority setting and funnel management. • Pro-actively assess at an early stage the size of innovations (Turnover, GM, resource requirements) and understand sensitivities around proposed business case assumptions • Assess, articulate & drive actions on risks and opportunities for medium & large projects. • Understand and drive the future value of the innovation funnel and the impact of innovation on future growth and profitability (iTO, iGM) • Track in-market performance of innovations through tools like ULM and in market reporting 3. Performance Management & Reporting: • Leverage standard performance reporting to enable Brand LT / GCLT to have a 360 degree view of business and hold itself and others accountable for delivery of strategy and performance. • Champion use of standard ES reporting solutions (MBI, One View) within the category • Actively drive simplification of reporting through use of standard ES reports and tools e.g. MBI, OneView 4. Control & Accounting: • Supporting the management of category budgets (Bought in Cost (BIC) and departmental costs) budgets. • Challenge inefficiencies and indicate drivers. • Ensure integrity and control across accrual/payment process. • Partner with Supply Chain finance to ensure proper understanding of product cost levers and key drivers of manufacturing costs. 5. Drive Gross Margin Improvement: • Help identify and quantify margin enhancement / savings targets with brand and category leadership team • Evaluate risk and opportunities on margin to help prioritize cross functional team resources. • Drive Margin Accretive Innovation as part of category innovation process • Partner with BD marketers to validate Strategic Pricing with top markets, escalate when Strategic & Operational pricing diverge. 6. Return on Brand Support: • Partner to drive benchmarks for ROI metrics (i.e. Wear Out, Digital). • Drive efficient use of available production and fees budgets through analysis of spend and NWM ratio. 7. Drive Finance Best Practice: • Participate in cross Category workstreams to drive best practice in key challenge areas such as ROMI, gross margin, sustainability, etc. • Proactively seek opportunities to share Category best practice within wider Finance function and to learn from best practice of other Finance areas.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
• Part-qualified finance qualification equivalent to CA, CIMA, ACCA desirable.
• 2 years experience in large, multinational desirable.
• Excellent analytical and communication skills with ability to respond under pressure.
• Ability and drive to work independently.
• Experience of working in cross functional teams within a matrix environment desirable.
REQUIRED LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOURS
Consumer and customer focus;