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Financial Controller - Global Supply Chain

Hays Senior Finance
Fife, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Manufacturing and engineering
Salary band
£80,000 - £90,000, £90,000 - £100,000
Contract type
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

Your new company
Hays is delighted to partner with Forbo Flooring Systems in the search for a seasoned Financial Controller to support their supply chain management operation. This position provides a unique opportunity to influence the company's course through strategic financial insight and sound senior management operational contribution.
Forbo Flooring Systems heritage stands at the forefront of the global market as a premier provider of superior commercial and residential flooring solutions. A division of the Forbo Group headquartered in Baar, Switzerland boasting a diverse team of 2741 dedicated professionals across 39 countries, 15 manufacturing sites, and a staggering group profit that soars beyond CHF £102 million (equivalent to about £90 million Sterling).
With a keen eye for opportunity, Forbo will continue to expand its global footprint, enhancing its product range through strategic acquisitions, and nurturing a culture of high performance that equips every level with the skills and competencies needed to succeed. Forbo is boldly expanding their horizons with the construction of a new plant in the USA, a testament to their relentless pursuit of growth and market leadership. This move is a clear signal of their dedication to shaping the future and asserting their influence across the industry.

Your new role

In this multifaceted role, you will be a key player supporting the COO (Chief Operating Officer), SVP (Senior Vice President) Finance & IT, SVP Supply Chain, and the Vice Presidents of all four Business Units (Linoleum, Vinyl, Textiles and Building & Construction) to meet and exceed budget and strategic objectives. With a plant Director and Plant Controller at each site (x15 sites), you will maintain direct and frequent communication with plant Financial Controllers, managing two direct reports.
This role involves frequent travel to sites across the U.K, Netherlands, France, Germany, USA and Switzerland. It requires driving change with transparency and winning the hearts and minds of the business community through a clear and influential approach.
A varied role, you will consult closely with quality departments, providing both challenge and support to guarantee the highest standards in production and installation. Your keen commercial capex analysis skills will be directed towards initiatives that generate revenue swiftly.
This role can be based out of either Kirkcaldy, Ripley, Assendelft (close to Amsterdam) or Coevorden

What you'll need to succeed
Core Responsibilities:

  • Act as a pivotal support for the COO, SVP Finance & IT, SVP SCM, and VPs of all four business units to achieve budgetary and strategic goals by deploying rigorous financial analysis to inform decision-making
  • Maintain a close working relationship with plant Financial Controllers, overseeing two direct reports
  • Collaborate closely with the business to verify that pricing estimates are precise, production adheres to set benchmarks and objectives, and enhancements in quality are consistently observed and communicated

Purpose of the job:

  • Develop, implement, and report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Business Units (BUs), Logistics, and Procurement. Focus on maintaining a neutral variance as the primary KPI, and outline actions to counterbalance any deviation
  • Identify risks related to Profit & Loss (P&L) and Balance Sheet; define mitigating actions and monitor their implementation
  • Monitor the CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) budget and validate CAPEX requests for the Division/BU
  • Contribute to the Medium-Term Plan (MTP) by providing insights on productivity improvements, Capex, and working capital
  • Reporting of quality improvement and continual improvement, specifically post installation analysis working closely with the quality departments to evaluate the cost of quality and quality control
  • Prepare presentations for the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and corporate management
  • Support the Vice President (VP) of Business Units with monthly reporting to Divisional management

Key Deliverables for measuring performance / performance indicators:

  • Quality and timely delivery of information and reports
  • Production variance analysis
  • Days Inventory Outstanding (DIO) - stock turnover
  • Operational expenses per square metre (Opex/sqm)
  • Capital investments (Capex)
  • Yearly plan and budget performance for your own team
  • Compliance with external financial standards and obligations
  • Successful execution of specific projects

About you

It is likely you will possess a professional accounting qualification, accompanied by experience in a similar role. Proficiency in handling complex data from ERP systems is essential, along with effective communication and analytical skills. As an initiative-taking finance expert with a track record in the manufacturing and production sector, you will be enthusiastic about adding value, adept at communicating across departments, and skilled in fostering robust relationships. Your flexible nature with the ability to travel and integrate with international colleagues will enable you to adjust to a dynamic business landscape. A significant strength is your ability to develop and maintain sound stakeholder relationships. The role involves travel, approximately 25% to 30% of the time, within the UK and Europe and occasionally the USA.

What you need to do now
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