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Manager Brand Finance

Chicago, IL, USA | ConAgra Foods

  • Industry:
    Consumer Products
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Finance (Internal)
    Marketing
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Job Summary

Effectively leads teams and is a strong business partner to the general management team responsible for a portfolio of brands.Partners with business and cross-functional teams to provide recommendations and ensure sound financial decisions are made for the organization.Complete financial analytics, Annual Operating Plan (AOP) & Strat Plan, monthly forecasting, Metrics & Scorecard, and/or duties related to Period close.This includes working with or leading small ad-hoc project teams both within Finance and cross-functionally. Oversees the efficient operation and cost-effectiveness of financial systems and programs.Interactions and analysis with M&A team as portfolio of brands evolves.Provides coaching guidance, leadership to staff, and development of individual career development plans.Minimum 7 years related experience.

Position Responsibilities

Serve as a business partner for general management team on accounting and finance related questions.This will involve the ability to assess business needs, resolve risks and opportunities in a timely manner, and clear communication of issues/business results

Develop team/staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; includes developing personal growth opportunities for both staff and self, providing timely feedback, and mentoring to the wider organization.

Accomplish staff job results by coaching and counseling; planning, and appraising job results; conducting training; implementing policies and procedures

Lead the preparation and compilation of the annual operating plan (AOP) and strategic plan for assigned component of the P&L

Update the monthly forecast for assigned function based on business changes.Actively communicate changes to business partners by providing specific, actionable and forward-looking commentary on the various changes as well as guidance on potential risk

Actively participate in monthly consensus meeting on items such as volume, trade, and advertising and promotional spending

Lead month-end/quarter-end close activities to ensure completion of assigned tasks, including identification and resolution of unusual items and issues in a timely manner

Provide comprehensive financial analysis and models for various requests depending on the assigned function (product development, customer analysis, competitive analysis, pricing, etc.)

Responsible for project work that will rotate and cut across several different financial disciplines including, but not limited to FP&A, new product development, manufacturing investments, and in-market investments. Candidate will need to demonstrate a high degree of agility and the ability to build cross-functional relationships (within Finance and outside of Finance) driven by the project needs.

Lead the development of metrics, scorecards and reporting for assigned function

Evaluate and deliver periodic metrics, scorecards and reports

Provide FP&A support as needed both within business Segment and to Corporate

Provide M&A team support as needed.Including financial modeling, presentation of information to leadership, and assist in leading integration of business teams.

Participate and/or lead various finance wide-projects, projects will vary depending on business needs.

Position Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required

MBA or CPA/CMA certification preferred

Minimum 7 years of professional general business and financial experience

Previous experience managing a team required

Proven ability to self-motivate in a fast-paced environment, ability to deal with ambiguity, change and a dynamic business environment

Background and experience in P&L management, along with knowledge of financial systems and general accounting concepts

Proven ability to develop strong relationships and partnerships with internal customers, peers and effectively manage those relationships

Demonstrated ability to work across multiple departments to complete a project or resolve an organizational challenge

Demonstrated critical thinking skills, including leveraging analytics, benchmarking, and insights to generate meaningful strategies and solutions

Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)

Experience with SAP or other software tools preferred


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