Associate Manager, Financial Planning Analysis at BIC Nigeria

BIC Nigeria | Title: Associate Manager, Financial Planning Analysis | Job Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Type: Full-time

Job Summary

  • The expectation is that the candidate will be an accomplished team-player to help drive the business forward. Forecasting, planning and budget management abilities will be crucial.
  • Reporting to the Nigeria Finance Manager, the ideal Financial Analyst would have 5+ years’ experience of Financial planning & Analysis (including the production of monthly management accounts and reporting) with a proven track-record within FMCG environment.
  • Must have a good understanding of all functions of the typical accounting department, including accounts receivable, accounts payable.
  • Must keep up with a material volume of information, often tracked in complex spreadsheets, thus requiring discipline and methodology.
  • Effective communication skills are crucial as she/he must be able to relay difficult, dense information to upper management in a precise and easy-to-understand way.
  • Responsible for providing full financial & business analytics and accounting support to the country manager, finance manager and to HQ finance department, ensuring all business decisions are taken with a full understanding of their financial impact.

Main Responsibilities / Tasks

  • Plan, collect data and prepare annual budgets/Rolling Forecast, monthly and quarterly financial forecasts, operating plan and modeling tools in conjunction with the Finance Manager and Sales/Marketing teams.
  • Submit, follow-up and justify budget components to the local management and to finance team.
  • Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, cost of sales, expenses, and capital expenditures.
  • Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variance Supervision of Financial Analyst(s).
  • Develop analysis of variances against operational plan, rolling forecast and business plan, suggest adequate corrective actions where needed.
  • Prepare rebates set-up, ensure proper calculation and manage their payments
  • Preparation of working capital analysis, P&L and balance sheet
  • Implement and work with a Business Intelligence Tool and Dashboard reports
  • Improve performance by evaluating processes to drive efficiencies and understand ROI in marketing programs, menu pricing, new store rollouts as well as new projects
  • Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives
  • Providing all departments (sales, marketing, HR, CS & SC…) with the necessary financial analysis and information
  • Providing ad-hoc month-end business report analysis to management
  • Maintaining Pricing Index, Item Master and Standard Costing Computation

Key Performance Indicators / Key Figures

  • Timely and Accurate Reporting in the different environments
  • KPI = deadline compliance + Post deadline adjustments tracking
  • Precision: Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly well-organized and efficient
  • Active involvement in the good communication between finance and other departments.
  • Monthly closing on time and with all BIC procedures completed (31 steps in the closing procedure to manage in 4 days)
  • Accurate and timely reports on P&L and balance sheets items;
  • Completion of tasks within company and legal deadlines/standards;

Candidate Profile: Qualifications / Technical Skills
Simple Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Economics/Finance (Required)
  • 5+ years’ experience in Financial Planning and Analysis (Required)
  • Fluent in English, People Oriented, Proactive (Required)
  • Exposure and interest to ERP and comfortable with IT. (Required)
  • Exposure in Consumer Products & Retail industry  (Required)
  • Professional Accounting certification such as ACA, ACCA, CFA (Desired)
  • MBA in financial management and planning is an added advantage (Desired)  
  • JDE, ANAPLAN, S2M & HFM knowledge is a plus (Desired)
  • Professional knowledge of French is a plus (Desired)

Complex Criteria:

  • Accounting, Financial and Reporting system knowledge (Required)
  • Practical knowledge of Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills and MS- Access (Required)
  • Cognate skill in Sage Evolution usage (Required)
  • Experience with Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in a reputable organization (Desired)
  • Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity (Desired)
  • Integrity, Assertive, Approachable, Adaptability (Required)
  • Committed and involved to transformation/cultural change (Required)
  • Self-motivated, detail-minded, well organized, responsible and willingness to learn (Required)
  • Must be able to work accurately under pressure without supervision. (Required)
  • Must be able to liaise and communicate at all levels. (Required)
  • Deadline driven. (Required)
  • Strong at process improvement with an analytical mind (Required)
  • Effective in communication and team player (Required)
  • Project management experience is appreciated (Desired)
  • At least one proven experience in statutory consolidation (Knowledge of local GAAP and IFRS). (Required)
  • The candidate will be joining a Fast-Growing area, with newly implemented Nigeria Finance Department.
  • With Finance Manager support, she / he will be working on the business’ specific needs assessment and strategic roadmap, integrating / mapping disparate legacy systems and reengineered business processes, (overall systems design, risk and security design, data and information cleansing, financial close, consolidation, reporting processes, Tax…)
  • The candidate is expected to have a good understanding of all aspects of the Finance function, accounting acumen —and IT sensitivity

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
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