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Job Name



United Kingdom




Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

Spirit Supply Finance Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Juliette Lamagnère Hudson

About the role


The SS Finance Analyst provides essential financial support to the Spirit Supply business. The SS Finance Analyst will help drive business performance. This role will own and be the first point of contact on all locally managed product costing requirements as well as playing a crucial role in the monitoring and support of Spirit Supply operations costs reporting analysis. This role will actively support the operational areas of malt and gin distillation, maturation and warehousing, bulk operations, blending and cask supply.  
This role will have the opportunity to learn operational processes and how they translate into the financials and reward the individual with a wide-ranging knowledge of the spirit supply business.
They will have the opportunity to support business decision making by identifying and interrogating the key operational and cost drivers across the organisation. The individual will need to have excellent analytical skills, but then be able to communicate their findings concisely and convincingly.


You will have excellent analytical and organisational skills, but then be able to concisely and convincingly communicate their findings in order to influence business decisions.  You will also have excellent organisational skills in order to manage a busy and varied workload.  You will bring positive energy to your work and inspire those 



Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Prepare monthly operational KPI reports, with analysis and commentary for Spirit Supply Operations, that are timely, accurate, clear and insightful
  • Analyse monthly deviations against budget / forecast and execute corrective action
  • Lead in the preparation of budgets for Spirit Supply Operations, collaborating and challenging operations teams to maximise cost efficiency and manage costs effectively using the Zero-Based-Budgeted (ZBB) theory
  • In collaboration with operational teams and wider finance team, identify key financial risks and opportunities to be presented in regular forecasts / latest estimates to management teams 
Business Partnering and Support
  • Provide finance business partner support to Spirit Supply. This includes analysing and reporting on financial results at the monthly presentation meetings and ensuring all actions are followed up. Regular site visits also required to build relationship with remote teams
  • Work closely with Spirit Planning team to ensure integrity of DRAMS stock system and where necessary implement process improvements to operational working practices
  • Collaborate with other members of the finance team to drive reporting improvements, targeting efficiency improvements at critical times, e.g. month end
  • Working closely with the Engineering management team, challenging on repairs and maintenance expenditure in Spirit Supply areas to ensure the best use of company funds, prioritizing within budget
  • Full understanding of the processes to enable effective decision making and business support
Maturing Inventory and Systems
  • Take ownership of DRAMS finance processes, including costing, transfers, verification, and reconciliation
  • Lead in DRAMS finance related improvement projects
  • Reconciliation of DRAMS and SAP systems, ensuring integrity of DRAMS reconciliation account and timely rectification of any stock anomalies
  • Plan and execute DRAMS month end close processes and manage stakeholder expectations 
  • Understand the liquid costing parameters in COGs and be able to perform calculation or forecast on a timely basis when requested by blending team, with support from Finance Assistant
  • Be able to forecast future year blend costs in partnership with Finance Manager
  • Work closely with Finance Manager to complete the annual product costing exercise
  • Lead the annual carrying cost uplift exercise
Compliance and Accounting
  • Supply required information for internal and external audit inquiries in relation to spirit supply and liquid stock areas
  • Manage and co-ordinate annual maturing whisky inventory checks
  • Work closely with shared service centre to analyse reporting and drive local JDSL plant ownership of actions
  • Perform balance sheet reconciliations to identify all spirit exchanges and premiums facilitated in the month
Other Activities
  • Deputise for Finance Manager
  • Support evaluation, appraisal, submission and review of spirit supply bulk capex projects, including monthly review of actuals vs budgets
Team Management and Stakeholders
  • Responsibility for and management of the Spirit Supply Finance Assistant (SSFA)
  • Internally nurture relationships with Spirit Supply Operation Teams, Distilleries, Engineering and Management Team
  • Externally support and assist with queries from auditors, other whisky companies, service centre based in Costa Rica

Skills and Experience

  • Qualified Accountant with +2+years of related work experience in financial / accounting / analysis ideally in a multi-national / cultural environment
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate financial issues and solutions to non-financial colleagues
  • Analytical and diligent in approach, with an attention to detail
  • Understanding of costing principles, desire to learn about physical processes and how they impact the cost base
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines whilst maintaining excellent standards of outputs
  • Understanding of internal controls, standards, and processes to ensure accuracy and consistency in data used for decision-making, internal / external reporting and communications
  • Knowledge of basic software and operating systems and related aspects (e.g. system tools, software, hardware, related products and controls).  Knowledge of SAP/ DRAMS desirable but not essential
  • Advanced Excel skills 
  • Ability to work independently and in a group environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to a changing, fast paced environment
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. 
  • Fluent in English

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.