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Head Financial Planning & Analysis

Date: Jan 18, 2019

Location: Dublin, D, IE

Company: Glanbia

Head of Financial Planning


Supervisor’s Title:           VP Finance Accounting & Control

Department:                      Accounting, Glanbia Nutritionals

Location:                           Dublin


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.


Job Summary

Our Head of Financial Planning will be responsible for 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, Product and Innovation and Central budgets.  The role will also be responsible for the Planning process and systems optimization including defining the vision and roadmap and leading this implementation. The role will also be responsible for Overheads consolidation and analysis.  Interim responsibility for A&C EMEA


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the GN Central Planning team
  • Responsible for the consolidation of GN Division budgets and forecast.  This will include ensuring detailed forecasts and related reporting is submitted on time in line with the Group Finance Calendar and to assist the VP Finance Accounting and Control in gaining sufficient information in order to present proposals and options to the GN CFO/CEO prior to finalising  forecasts and submitting to Group
  • Annual Budget: With regard to the annual budgetary process, work with theVP Finance Accounting and Control to ensure that there is adequate instruction, planning and co-ordination to ensure Product P&Ls, Commercial, Operations, Product and Innovation and Central budgets are produced and received on time to enable a consolidated GN budget to be compiled, considered and interpreted by the GN CFO and GN CEO
  • Support the GN growth strategy and act as key liaison point with the Group Corporate Development team
  • Lead the Monthly Outlook, risks and opportunities process for GN
  • Lead the GN Planning process and systems optimization vision.  Define the roadmap to achieve this vision and lead the implementation of  these improvements. This will involve project management of a cross functional team to realize this vision
  • Manage the Overhead consolidation of actuals and plan for Overheads.  This will involve detailed analysis and explanation of cost variances

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance
  • Professional Accounting qualification
  • Ideal candidate will have 10+ 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
  • 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
  • Strong 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

Leadership Capabilities

  • Planning – Has proven ability to establish clear directions and mobilises resources (people, funding, technology, materials, support) to get things done in an effective and efficient manner
  • Driving Results - Action oriented and steadfastly pushes self and others for results. Is very bottom line oriented and can be counted on to consistently exceed goals
  • Influencing Others – Can employ a wide range of influencing styles to engage others in problem-solving and decision-making
  • Strategic Mindset – Has the ability to see ahead clearly; anticipates future consequences and trends.  Conceives a range of scenarios and creates competitive, breakthrough plans

Functional Capabilities

  • Financial Accounting - Provides competent and fit for purposes accounting services, ensuring that financial practices are compliant and audit-ready, to maintain the highest standards of financial management within Glanbia
  • Business planning – Can drive 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 accurately identify and mitigate key commercial and business risks
  • IT skills – Can leverages IT technologies and systems to drive and improve business performance

Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • 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 10 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves sedentary physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, and see clearly at 20 inches or closer.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to fumes and toxic chemicals.


Travel Requirements

  • Minimal overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.



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.


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