Forecasting & Planning Manager at Unilever Nigeria Plc

Forecasting & Planning Manager at Unilever Nigeria Plc

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Unilever Nigeria Plc – Welcome to Unilever, a global multinational and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company with products sold in over 190 countries and more than 2 billion consumers across the world who use our amazing products everyday!

We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Forecasting & Planning Manager
Job type: R-17337Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Background & Purpose of the Job
Own and continuously improve the end-to-end financial forecasting process (including S&OP), MCO targets and Annual Plan (where applicable) from a Finance perspective
Represent Finance in any process improvement initiatives across the financial forecasting process
Who You Are & What You’ll Do
Business partnering and insight:
Provide challenge to S&OP process driving towards a high degree of alignment between volume and value and supporting the business with the identification of risks and opportunities
Communicate and manage MCO targets at total level, and at category level
Process ownership and delivery:
Lead engagement with Cluster Finance team on MCO targets, Annual Operating Plan, and financial forecast submissions
Lead the MCO Annual Operating Plan process
Lead working capital forecasting
Prepare the total MCO forecast & individual category forecasts (assumptions, risks, opportunities, cash up) on a monthly / quarterly basis, prepare supporting analysis and participate in review of these forecasts with the relevant Marketing Leads and their Finance Leads and with the Country Leadership Team
Act as the Finance champion of forecast bias and accuracy
Build and actively use a network of finance peers across Unilever globally to both share and adopt good practices on Planning & Forecasting
What You’ll Need To Succeed
Qualified Accountant or equivalent
Professional Skills:
Strong team leadership skills (applicable to roles with direct reports)
Strong analytical skills, Excel modelling skills and attention to detail
Strong organisational and prioritisation skills
Strong engagement, presentation, and communication skills
Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems that support the S&OP process (e.g. SAP, cash up tool)
Ability to work collaboratively with other key stakeholders
Experience Required:
Experience with identifying risks and opportunities
Experience managing a large and complex set of stakeholders
Experience in driving P&L performance improvements (e.g. closing gaps vs. target) and holding others accountable (particularly peers and senior leadership)
Experience in presenting to and communicating with senior Finance and non-Finance stakeholders
Key Contacts
Work closely with CCBTs in different processes (S&OP cash up, gap closing, etc.)
Finance Business Partner:
Interaction with FBPs on risks and opportunities in Financial forecast and advise on which Supply Chain
Ensure full alignment on latest S&OP input and P&L implications via cash up
I & A:
Continuously optimise information and analytics
Work with I&A on any simplification initiatives
Finance Excellence Team:
Work with FET lead to identify priorities
Ensure alignment
Leadership Team:
Provide outputs from the S&OP financial forecast / annual plan

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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