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Head of Finance SUBSA

Job Name

Head of Finance SUBSA


South Africa




Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

Managing Director, SUBSA

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Shritha Saji

About the role


As Head of Finance for Sub Saharan Africa, you will be responsible for leading all financial responsibilities for the Sub-Saharan Cluster (SUBSA). You will be viewed as a critical strategic partner by all key internal and external stakeholders. You will create value through positively influencing the business towards long-term profitable growth and through impeccable business stewardship. You will also lead the Sub-Saharan Finance Team, building, nurturing, and developing a talented, passionate, and focused Finance Team and ensuring that short and long-term development & succession plans are in place.
This role reports to the Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa, with matrix reporting to Finance & Strategy Director AMEA, and is based in Johannesburg. A large percentage of your time will be spent interacting with the market teams across the region and, as a result, you can expect to travel frequently to stay connected with all stakeholders.


To be successful in this role, you live and breathe the Founder’s mentality, constantly looking for ways to create sustainable long-term value for the company.
You are intellectually curious and enjoy working in a dynamic and fluid environment.  


  • Leading the SUBSA Finance Team in facilitating long-term profitable net earnings and free cash flow growth for the business
  • Supporting the evolution, implementation and governance of SUBSA strategy vs agreed key performance indicators; ensuring a consistent focus and clarity around resource allocation decisions
  • Partnering with the Managing Director and the commercial team in negotiations with customers and distributors
  • Owning key pieces of management information and their use within the organization, and exhibiting strong financial management practices to ensure no surprises in delivery
  • Developing relevant reports and analytics in order to support better delivery across SUBSA
  • Standard cost coordination and working with the regional team to submit information to global finance function
  • Leading analysis and explanation of gross profit drivers considering changes between pricing, volume and mix
  • Leading the annual financial planning cycle for SUBSA, including timely delivery of budgets and latest forecasts 
  • Maintaining the administration and compliance of the South African and Nigerian legal entities , including internal and external audit processes, including B-BEEE strategy and execution
  • Working closely with Supply Chain counterparts to ensure coordination between Finance & S&OP forecasts and management of working capital
  • Building a close working relationship and strong networks within the Finance community including within, but not limited to, AMEA and with Bacardi Enterprise Services
  • Playing a critical role within the AMEA Finance Leadership Team, helping drive development of the Finance function across AMEA and the wider business, contributing towards and benefitting from best practice and shared ways of working

The person will be additionally responsible for: 
  • Taking care of various remote/in market A&P audits for distributors markets
  • Work on growth plans, build strong business cases for regional projects 
  • Support on other requests as required e.g. management of key cost lines and reviews of variance vs plan and prior periods

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills to quickly problem solve in a dynamic environment
  • The ability to challenge and influence those around you
  • Financial Analysis: Ability to create advanced spreadsheets, explain variances to estimates, identify business risks and opportunities, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to identify and understand patterns and interconnectivity of relevant data in order to predict business performance.
  • Project Management: Ability to manage projects/tasks to ensure successful delivery (on time and within budget) while identifying potential issues/risks.
  • Basic Operating Systems: Knowledge of basic software and operating systems and all related aspects (e.g., system tools, software, hardware, related products and controls)
  • Should have worked in an work environment where SAP usage was important
  • Ability to identify root cause issues and develop plans to resolve.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to senior leadership.
  • Fast learning, flexible and high commitment to deliver results.
  • Be Proactive and ambitious.
  • 10-12 years experience in Accounting field in an FMCG environment
  • Holds Certified Public Accountant (CPA) / Chartered Accountant (CA), relevant finance qualification to work in South Africa
  • Having some experience as Auditor is a bonus
  • Proficiency in SAP, including SAP, Profitability analysis and Project System.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group environment.
  • Excel skills are required. Working knowledge of other Microsoft Office Products.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to a changing, fast paced environment.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills a must.

  • Your ability to operate and orchestrate seamlessly within the matrix will be critical for your success in this role and of the function.

  • Adapt and Exchange (reach agreement with): Global/Region/Local HR; Finance; Legal; Corporate communications & external affairs
  • Influence (effect change): Region Insights team, Region Engagement & Experience team, Country Brand Managers
  • Negotiate with: Global Category Team, Region Commercial Directors
  • Member of the Global Category Leadership Team

  • Adapt and Exchange (reach agreement with): Legal/Regulatory/Govt agencies, 3rd party suppliers, Consultancies.
  • Influence (effect change): Legal/Regulatory/Govt agencies, 3rd party suppliers, Consultancies.
  • Negotiate with: Legal/Regulatory/Govt agencies, 3rd party suppliers, Consultancies

  • People Agility: You bring a deep ability to understand and relate to people and navigate through tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance.
  • Results Agility: You demonstrate consistent delivery of results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in yourself and others. 
  • Mental Agility: You can think critically to penetrate complex problems and expand the possibilities by making fresh connections. You think strategically whilst being execution focused and bring creativity to the challenges you’re presented with
  • Change Agility: You have a deep natural curiosity, desire to experiment and ability to effectively deal with the heat of change. You have a growth and learning mindset: ready to test, stumble, learn and apply from experience

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. 

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