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Financial Planning Analyst

Date: Mar 23, 2019

Location: Dublin, D, IE

Company: Glanbia


Job Description


Reports To: GN Financial Planning Manager

Department:  Glanbia Nutritionals

Location: Ireland

Pay Status:  Salaried Exempt


At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.



Working with the GN Financial Planning Manager, this role will support the consolidation of GN Division budgets and forecasts, ensuring adequate instruction, planning and co-ordination with the functional finance teams for the preparation of Product P&Ls including Commercial, Operations and Product and Innovation budgets.



  • Support the consolidation of GN Division budgets and forecast.  This will include ensuring detailed forecasts / budgets and related reporting is submitted on time in line with the Group Finance Calendar
  • Annual Budget and Forecast: With regard to the annual budgetary and forecast process, support the GN Financial Planning Manager to ensure that there is adequate instruction, planning and co-ordination to ensure Commercial, Operations and Product and Innovation budgets and forecasts are produced and received on time to enable a consolidated GN budget and forecast to be compiled, considered and interpreted by the GN CFO and GN CEO
  • Specific tasks include:
    • Tracking progress to agreed timetable
    • Prepare excel templates for P&L, BS, Cashflow and causal tracks to understand variances and drivers
    • Manage the consolidation of the excel templates supported by a graduate including the population of actuals for forecast templates
    • Manage the preparation of the powerpoint presentation for ELT meetings
    • Work with the Overhead FP&A Manager / graduate to ensure forecast templates are populated with actuals and circulated in line with the Planning timetable
    • Work with the Finance teams to ensure all submissions to SAP and BCS are accurate and on time
  • Support the GN Planning process and systems optimization vision.  Support the team to define the roadmap to achieve this vision and support the implementation of  these improvements.



  • Other duties as assigned




  • Reports to the GN Financial Planning Manager
  • Key relationship with the VP Finance Accounting &Control, Accounting and Control Controllers, Commercial and Operations Controllers and GBS
  • Other key relationships with Group Finance



    Education, Training:            

  • Professional Accounting qualification or qualified by experience
  • Ideal candidate will have 3 - 5 years finance experience gained in a variety of finance environments including significant financial control experience and significant financial planning and analysis experience in a CPG/FMCG environment


    Experience Required:        

  • Strong financial acumen including strong technical accounting skills.  Must possess a broad business perspective and have a ‘hands-on’ and in-depth understanding of the GN financials
  • Effective leadership and influencing skills
  • Ability to work in a cross functional matrix organization
  • Hands on experience of using and operating SAP systems (preferably with knowledge of BCS) and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint


    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:              

    Leadership Capabilities

  • Planning – Has proven ability to support the planning process and get things done in an effective and efficient manner
  • Driving Results - Action oriented and steadfastly pushes self and others for results
  • Influencing Others – Can employ a wide range of influencing styles to engage others in problem-solving and decision-making


    Functional Capabilities

  • Business planning – Can support an optimised financial and business planning process across the business to ensure rigorous evaluation of investments and value creating opportunities
  • Business analysis and modeling – Proven track record in using knowledge of finance analysis and modelling to provide realistic  and relevant reports to support the business decision making process
  • Risk identification – Can help identify and mitigate key commercial and business risks in relation to the Planning process
  • IT skills – Can leverages IT technologies and systems to drive and improve business performance


    Language, Computer &   Numeracy:              

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • SAP knowledge preferred (including Business Objects)
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft packages (excel and powerpoint in particular)



  • Occasional international travel required






    Physical Demands:              

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Regularly involves going up and down stairs.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.


    Physical Requirements:     

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.


    Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to moderate to high noise levels (i.e. production equipment, forklifts, heavy traffic)
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat and cold, outdoor weather conditions, and fumes and toxic chemicals
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.



    This is an accurate description of the essential functions of my position. Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


    Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.