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Senior Finance Manager

<span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Nigeria is a key growth market for Arla Foods and our business is set to grow from a revenue base of +130mEUR towards 300-400 mEUR within the next five years. We have built a position as the second largest brand in milk powder and have the ambition to enter further categories to become the #1 dairy company in Nigeria.  We are also pioneering Arla’s International Dairy Development work by investing in the local dairy sector and building an Arla Farm in Northern Nigeria. This project is an important part of our sustainability agenda and a central part of our business in Nigeria.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">As Senior Finance Manager you will have a seat on the country leadership team and initially one direct report. You will be right hand to the Senior Director Nigeria, and instrumental in driving the commercial agenda and profitability. With your strong commercial finance acumen and experience you will provide insights, analysis and decision papers that enable our business to grow and become more robust. The majority of the operational business is running within our joint venture TG Arla.



<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Key responsibilities

  • <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Performance management through analysis of actual result vs. target/forecast, determine root cause/drivers for deviation and suggest action plan.
  • <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Play a pivotal role in the business unit management team, including active contribution on major decisions such as investment opportunities and strategic projects.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Lead the Finance agenda for our local dairy development work including the Arla Farm and Milky Way <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Project. Set the milk price and produce P&L statements.
  • <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Drive financial analysis, e.g. price management, volume boost activities, ROI perspectives on new initiatives.
  • <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Own the monthly closing process and understand drivers behind actuals and forecast deviations.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Your track record

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">As a person you have great leadership and can set the direction. You have a robust and collaborative nature across cultures and execute a solid and structured follow-through on priorities and relationship management.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Specifically, you have:

  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Education - Masters degree in economics, management accounting or similar
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">7-10 years of experience within FMCG, commercial finance and/or performance management – preferably from a commercial area
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Strong skills with SAP, SAP BI, financial forecasting system
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">High level of integrity
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Strong communication skills
  • <span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Ability to build positive relationships in a multicultural environment



<span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Equal opportunity

<span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">Arla Foods is a company with equal opportunities for everyone regardless of age, race, gender or any other criteria that is not a professional qualification for an open position. Purely for reasons of readability we have chosen to create all our job postings in male format. We explicitly look forward to all applications regardless if the candidate is male, female, diverse and will also exclude any other criteria from our screening process that is not professional qualification.



<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">COVID-19 Notice:
<span style="font-family:"Arla InterFace",sans-serif">We are busy producing dairy products so we can continue #fillingtheshelves and #feedingthenation. Recruiting talent to Arla thus stays one of our top priorities also during these difficult times. Necessity is the mother of invention, so we have moved to virtual hiring and onboarding processes for most of our recruitments to enable candidates and our recruitment teams to get close while respecting social distancing. If at the final stages of a recruitment, a candidate would prefer to meet in person, we take all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone's safety.


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