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Senior Finance Manager, France Operations

Job Name

Senior Finance Manager, France Operations






Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

VP Finance, Global Operations

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Marina Raffin Duval

About the role

Your Opportunity

Finance Manager for France Operations is integral member of the France Operations Leadership Team and the Global Operations Finance Leadership Team. You will lead the Operations Finance team across the 4 plants and 2 co-packers in France. As a Finance Business Partner to the France Operations Leadership Team you will set business direction and advise leaders on strategic, operational and financial aspects.

The role will steer the financial performance, holding Operations accountable to deliver expected results and making personal impact on business performance. It is a decision intensive role based on sound understanding of Operations processes and drivers, requiring leadership skills to make a difference in team management and strategic decision making process of the Operations team. This role is a critical enabler to drive scale and finance best practices across Operations and broader finance team.

It is also important to ensure full compliance of management and statutory accounts, ensuring accurate financial planning and reporting and leveraging the expertise of the Global Shared Service Center and Global Support Functions (Tax, Treasury, etc.).

About You 

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

To be successful in this role, you need to be innovative with value based management mindset and “we can do it” attitude. You are eager to solve problems and drive better business decisions adding value to the business.

Organization and proactivity skills will allow you to manage multiple priorities at the same time. People interaction and communication style will be an enabler to succeed in our matrix organizational environment.


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

Drive results & Excellence in Execution
  • Lead development of the Manufacturing and Spirits strategic plan and ensure translation into annual financial performance and investments targets
  • Create contingency plans (‘what if’ and ‘scenario analyses’) manage risks and continued financial heath of the Operations P&L and Cash performance (Working Capital & CAPEX)
  • Provide direction and guidance for the long term financial indicators. Influence Operations Leadership Team’s focus on efficiency and productivity
  • Provide financial decision support through plant finance teams (e.g. operations decision support, innovation, CAPEX decision support, cost control, etc.) to management 
  • Provide financial and operational planning, forecasting and analysis/commentary
  • Ensure adequacy of controls, strong stewardship and compliance mindset from the top. Ensure internal and external audits 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 integrity in interpretation and commentary provided
  • Drive and lead finance transformation projects in 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 Center
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 France consolidated monthly performance against forecast, plan and prior periods
  • Analyze and interpret P&L including costs, absorption, material variances, ROI variances to identify business performance drivers and improvement opportunities.
  • Challenge CAPEX Operations projects to maximize ROI and prioritize resource allocation
  • Hold teams accountable to deliver cost reduction and productivity projects against agreed saving targets
  • Drive tight structure cost and 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 an 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 behavior 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 the Finance leadership team and Operations business leadership to build a shared sense of purpose in building strong strategic and financial plans for our brands 
  • Recognize accomplishments and behaviors 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:

  • 8+ years of financial management experience in consumer goods industry covering field and corporate assignments, working in an international environment, including roles in manufacturing finance area.
  • Experience in Spirits and/or Beverage industry is an advantage
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in finance & accounting (or related area)
Language Skills
  • fluent English (written and verbal)
  • French optional, other languages an asset
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; externally focused
  • Highly numerate with strong analytical and problem solving skills – intellectually curious and challenging; creating own controlling mechanisms ensuring quality output; business leader who happens to work in finance
  • 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 matrix organization; highly networked internally & externally; can manage multiple stakeholders well
  • 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.