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Planning and Reporting Controller

Date: Jan 21, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary


This role will be responsible for the integrity of the GN financial processes and financial information for GLIN Company Code (Foods Inc).  This will include the management of the month-end close cycle and consolidation of actuals for management and statutory reporting.  Emphasis is on providing timely, relevant and accurate information in a dynamic environment, where accurate information is a key competitive advantage and essential in supporting operational and strategic decision-making.  The role will also be responsible for the GLIN Balance Sheet, ensuring all Balance Sheet accounts are fully reconciled and the control environment is appropriate and robust to support the financial records. This will include leading the liaison with both internal and external auditors.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities (not restrictive)


  • Responsible for leading the month end close process for GLIN Company code with associated reporting and controls
  • Lead the GLIN entity consolidation of monthly actual results and feed into the monthly reporting process led by the GN consolidation team
  • Responsible for ensuring that the required accounting control procedures are in place and are effective.  This includes the control and reconciliation of the GLIN Balance Sheet in line with the Balance Sheet responsibility matrix
  • Cash Flow Forecasting & Working Capital Management: Lead  the GLIN cash flow forecasting needs as required by Group and support the VP Finance Operations ensuring the efficient and effective management of working capital within GLIN
  • Internal and external audit lead for GLIN ensuring compliance with Glanbia accounting policies, including internal controls
  • Compliance/Risk Management: Liaise with Group Finance functions to ensure compliance and alignment with Group policies and expectations around risk management.
  • Assist with tax and regulatory compliance
  • In conjunction with the Operations Finance teams, input to the development of the Operations budgets and forecasts
  • Lead financial process and systems improvement activity ensuring all GLIN financial planning and reporting process are optimized and aligned with overall GN reporting structures

Additional Functions


  • Other duties as assigned



Supervisory Responsibilities (If relevant)


  • Reports to the VP Finance – Planning and Reporting
  • Key relationship with Operations Finance and Planning and Reporting teams
  • Other key relationships with Group Finance, Glanbia Internal Audit team and External Audit team



Qualification & Experience Requirements

Education, Training:


  • Professional Accounting qualification
  • Ideal candidate will have 5+ years finance experience gained in a variety of finance environments including significant financial planning and analysis experience in a CPG/FMCG environment
  • IFRS knowledge is essential


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
  • 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


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

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 purpose 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 modeling 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


Language, Computer &   Numeracy:

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • SAP knowledge preferred
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft packages

Travel Requirements

Domestic USA and occasional international travel required


Typical Physical Activity

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

  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceive 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


Nearest Major Market: Chicago