Who You Are and What You’ll Do
Our Associate Finance Manager roles are aligned with Unilever’s key business processes and serve as strategic partners to bring an understanding of Finance, value creation and business drivers. They make recommendations and influence decisions that maximize value for the organization. Our AFMs build and maintain effective working relationships with cross-functional partners to develop annual financial plans and ongoing forecasts for departmental expenses and headcounts.
What Else Do They Do?
Support analytical and business frameworks as well as a quantitative approach to decision-making that shape the overall strategic course of the organization.
Focus on operations including but not limited to formulation of pricing strategies, business assessment of new product initiatives, economic evaluation of capital expenditures, competitive analysis and benchmarking, and business process redesign.
Analyze financial results and key trends, assess current and future business risks, and communicate results to leadership.
Involvement with special projects related to business development, strategic growth and ad hoc analysis.
These roles sit within the pillars of Finance listed below:
Supply Chain Finance
Prepare to challenge yourself and your business partners through value creation across our extensive supply chain network. Drive bottom line results and deliver value by leading cost optimization and holistic margin management analyzing complex business cases. Develop supply chain strategy with leadership managing and optimizing our long term goals and paths for success!
Through a holistic view of the North America business, you will learn how each finance pillar operates as you navigate the cross-functional departments to provide the assurance, governance, and guidance to ensure control compliance. You will align with global standard control framework and policies internally and statutory standards externally. Become the subject matter expert in key controllership functional areas as the steward of value creation which is critical for ensuring compliance and long term health of Unilever.
FET (Finance Excellence Team)
Drive financial success by partnering across the organization on crafting financial plans and driving decision making to achieve targets. Implement process improvements to unlock and democratize financial analysis tools as you partner with senior leaders on deep analysis. A critical role of the FET is now centered around the Digitalization of Unilever, with a focus on Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Python driven Automation.
Customer Development (CD/Sales) Finance
Lead our optimal strategy for our sales teams to fund value added initiatives guiding the business with the best way to promote our brands. You are the gatekeeper to determine where we choose to invest in our brands, through focused risk/reward analysis on the value of partnering with key customers. Long term planning and short-term execution balancing is crucial to the success of the role, and allows for a creative and analytical mind to succeed!
Hone your negotiation and influencing skills by leading your business partners in guiding the business towards long term success. Interact cross functionally with Marketing, Sales or Supply Chain with ownership of specific category (Ice Cream, Hair Care) from a finance lens. The role will touch all aspects of the business, including what new products will be launched, what new advert campaigns will go live, and where further investment will go. On innovative business cases for example, you will come with a creative mind while understanding the financial goals of Unilever to uncover the best path for investment. Partner with leadership to deliver bottom line and push Unilever to new heights!
What You’ll Need To Succeed
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field, AND 3 to 5+ years of relevant finance experience, including Brand/Marketing, Supply Chain, Sales, Audit, Accounting, Financial Reporting, or Financial Planning OR
MBA or Master of Science in Finance AND either (a) a Finance-focused internship between 1st and 2nd year of MBA curriculum OR (b) 1 year of Finance experience prior to beginning the MBA or Master of Science in Finance academic program
Experience creating and implementing operational improvement solutions
Experience communicating financial acumen effectively with all levels of the organization
KEY QUALITIES: Enterprising and inquisitive nature that can find solutions to complex problems. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly communicate results and implications of analysis. Enjoys working in a collaborative team environment
Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.
If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.
For office-based, Research & Development, and remote positions, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment. Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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