Job Title Regional Finance Lead
Job Title: Regional Finance Lead, ekaterra,
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Unilever is proud of its tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential and renamed it to ekaterra to facilitate its separation to a standalone entity. eka stands for unity and one purpose while terra stands for earth and nature. As ekaterra we are united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.
Present in more than 100 countries, ekaterra generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019. With 13 production factories in 4 continents and tea growing estates in 3 countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business offering a world of wellbeing with the regenerative power of plants to hundreds of millions of consumers. As a standalone entity, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the industry with dedicated focus driving greater growth and value.
Combining the strength and scale of its global iconic brands with speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a ‘corporate start-up’ mindset that’s opening up new opportunities to flourish every day- both for its business and its people.
At ekaterra, we work alongside people who put consumer love at the heart of every decision. Diverse minds who celebrate new ideas, share our values and the commitment we have for the wellbeing of all. In return, we create an environment that gives our people space and freedom, where they can grow as leaders. A connected community where ideas can thrive. Where you explore new challenges. Learning all you need to master your field, and even more about yourself.
Be part of this amazing blend. Join our collective and help us grow a better world of wellbeing and a better you.
The qualities we look for in you:
ekaterra is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our blend we are looking for individuals who think Green and are environmentally conscious, who understand the power of simplicity and who are accountable for their actions. We want those who infuse mastery and passion in everything they do to create great products and unforgettable experiences for our consumers.
What's in it for you?
We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders and making space to grow an owner’s mentality and like nature we adapt, we change and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and (work)levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing and a better you.
Reporting to Regional CFOs, the incumbent will support operations, planning and coordination across all Finance sub-workstreams across the region to ensure alignment and timely delivery of objectives for successful establishment of the Finance function.
This role will drive the success of the ekaterra Establishment program of the Finance function through leadership of problem solving across all finance sub-functions & IT to support our stand-up, as well as communication, change management and deployment planning across the finance teams in the region. The incumbent will therefore work with local country finance leads to solve problems and align plans as well as report up to regional leadership, with exposure to global channels where appropriate.
Planning / Coordination / Management of activities
Own the full scope of establishment work across all finance workstreams in a region by working closely with the global finance workstreams and local finance teams, acting as the primary point of contact for Regional CFOs
Support and ultimately own establishment planning for Finance at both local and regional levels
Coordinate and review local separation plans for Finance to ensure robustness and consistency
Manage resources at a local level to ensure effective use/de-risk delivery
Resolution / Escalation of problems
Support resolution of issues at regional level, escalating risks/decisions to global teams as necessary
Leverage Finance & cross-functional expertise and strong understanding of regional / local nuances to problem solve with Local Country Finance Leads on local separation planning work
Ensure strong governance
Attend local, regional, and global governance meetings to provide progress reporting and support alignment of local and central planning
Manage change & coach
Identify, onboard and kick-off Local Country finance Leads in respective markets
Provide coaching to Local Country Finance Leads
Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:
Regional CFOs and other regional leadership as appropriate
Regional Blossom Deployment Lead
Local Country Finance Leads
Global Finance workstream lead
Global Finance sub-workstream leads
EMO (Establishment Management Office) teams
Various 3rd parties (eg provision of financial services)
Skills and Experience
Several years’ experience managing large-scale transformation, establishment, separation or M&A projects across multiple markets and workstreams
Substantial experience managing and coordinating a large number of stakeholders, teams or functions
Experience leading a large change program
Coordination of large-scale project plans
Knowledge of processes and value drivers relevant to Finance, IT,
Experience building and applying governance structures across project workstreams
Language requirement: English, other languages useful
Who we are looking for:
A motivated individual enthusiastic about continuous improvement and excited by the opportunity to establish a new standalone organisation
A strong communicator able to build and maintain relationships
An adaptable skillset and the ability to manage multiple moving parts and change focus quickly when required
A fast learner able to adapt and deliver quickly in a new environment
A big-picture thinker who can link multiple workstreams into the overall business objectives and translate these into implementation actions
Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.
Unilever, and ekaterra as its Tea Division, is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversityto 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. We are interested in every individual bringingtheir ‘Whole Self’to work and this includes you! Therefore if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.
Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity 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. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.