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Controller, India Operations Finance

Job Name

Controller, India Operations Finance






Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

Director Finance, AMEA & NAPAC Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Neha Malik

About the role

Your Opportunity

This role provides the Financial Leadership and Stewardship of the India Operations, driving superior performance across the operations. Managing a fantastic, energetic, and engaged team, the role holder will continue building the positive and progressive financial culture of the India Operations, embedding financial awareness, knowledge, and ownership throughout the workforce.

About You 

You have proven finance experience and expertise partnering across various Supply Chain areas including innovation, procurement, manufacturing, and logistics. 

Lead monthly cost reviews, working capital performance results as well as coordinate the financial planning activities including strategic planning, budgeting, and financial forecasting. Deeply understand and pro-actively challenge financial performance through analysis and derived insight.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:

Drive results & Excellence in Execution
  • Key player in India Operation Strategic planning process: developing the 3 Year Plan with Operations stakeholders 
  • Lead financial accounting & reporting of statutory financials across plants/co-packers
  • Provide financial and operational planning, forecasting and analysis/commentary
  • Partner with commercial teams and extend finance support on Innovation process to help the business achieve top-line growth.
  • Lead development of the manufacturing footprint for India and ensure translation into annual financial performance and investments targets
  • Lead review of COGS and reconciliation with all co-packers including franchise locations on periodic basis 
  • Drive ZBB culture/cost consciousness across Manufacturing and Supply Chain function for continuous improvement. Assist the Value Engineering program to deliver flat cost year on year
  • Provide financial decision support through plant finance teams (e.g., financial evaluation of potential new co-packing locations, operations decision support, innovation, CAPEX decision support, cost control, etc.) to management 
  • Provide direction and guidance for the long-term financial indicators. Influence Operations Leadership Team’s focus on efficiency and productivity
  • Ensure adequacy of controls, strong stewardship, and compliance mindset from the top. Ensure internal and external audits (ICFR and SOX) are fully supported and manage resources to implement action plans
  • Drive best-in-class processes across the organization to generate scale, standardization, and efficiency
  • Oversee the preparation of performance management reports and provide management dashboard, ensuring actionable insights and commentary
  • Drive and lead finance transformation projects with respect to people, processes, and systems.
  • Ensure SLAs (Service Level Agreements) with GBS are met and challenged when necessary. Drive local process improvement to ensure we run a best-in-class Shared Service Centre
Financial Performance Management
  • Bring impactful insight on the Operations P&L and Cash performance and hold teams accountable for delivering against targets
  • Oversee the preparation of consolidated monthly performance against forecast, plan and prior periods
  • Analyse and interpret P&L including costs, absorption, material variances, ROI variances to identify business performance drivers and improvement opportunities.
  • Challenge CAPEX projects to maximize ROI and prioritize resource allocation
  • Hold teams accountable to deliver cost reduction and productivity projects against agreed saving targets
  • Drive efficient organization model culture holding teams accountable via budget and actual performance monitoring
  • Hold teams accountable to deliver Cash improvements
  • Influence business using benchmarks, trends and financial data
  • Keep abreast of accounting standard changes. Review and monitor operations in order to ensure compliance and track issues
Develop Talent and Capability
  • Develop and mentor direct reports, providing leadership and continuous coaching in order to ensure high performance behaviour and results
  • Provide a professional and objective team with sufficient knowledge, skills and experience
  • Ensure implementation of learning and development plans and sustained learning for everyone in your team
  • Ensure that your teams have the resources and assets needed to deliver desired results.
Create a Winning team
  • Work with AMEA Operations Finance Director and Operations business leadership to build a shared sense of purpose in building strong strategic and financial plans for our brands 
  • Recognize accomplishments and behaviours in a timely manner
  • Ensure all employees have a knowledge of Bacardi history and culture

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy

  • 10+ years of financial management experience in consumer goods industry covering plant and corporate assignments, working in an international environment, including roles in manufacturing finance area.
  • Experience in Spirits and/or Beverage industry is an advantage
  • Chartered Accountant / Master’s degree in finance & accounting 
Language Skills
  • Fluent English (written and verbal)
Technical Skills
  • Digital skills in modern supply chain organization including automation, planning, networking, and synchronization tools build on our foundations of SAP, MS Office and other industry specific technology
  • Proficient in MS Office - PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Knowledge of SAP, SAP Power BI, and Cognos modules and capabilities is distinct advantage
Functional Excellence
  • Steering Financial Performance through advanced knowledge and use of target setting, scenario planning, resource allocation, working capital management and business co-piloting techniques
  • Strategy development with solid understanding of business environment and being advanced in driving business change, engagement & alignment and modelling
  • Decision support with strong / advanced ability to identify & frame issues, structure & integrate information, and draw insights & recommendations from analysis
  • People / team Leadership across finance teams and multifunction project teams
  • Transactional efficiency being experienced in process standardization & optimization, business reporting as well as integrated performance management system knowledge & usage
  • Accounting – advanced in management and cost accounting
  • Control environment – experienced developing internal policies & controls, and competent in business risk assessment and audit techniques
Personal Qualities
  • Strong influencing and change management skills – someone who encourages others to develop and implement unique, breakthrough ideas; strong commercial acumen; able to influence other functions
  • Has a strong bias to action – delivers business results and is externally focused
  • Highly logical with strong analytical and problem-solving skills – intellectually curious and challenging
  • Comfortable around senior management – maintains rapport in both good and difficult occasions and has good judgement in all circumstances, proven track record of successful delivery of results in a matrix organization
  • Good organization & planning skills with good interpersonal & communication skills; ability to lead & inspire a team or organization; skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects and resource constraints to optimize results
  • Authentic leadership – open, relatable, dynamic and free from ego; self-motivator with lean and continuous improvement mindset

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.