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Finance & Controlling
Full - Time
We operate some of the most iconic, global brands in the Beauty industry.  Each of these brands are led by expert and inspirational General Managers.  

The Head of Finance plays central and critical role in these brand leadership teams. Working in close partnership with the General Manager and Divisional FD, you are fully accountable for the total P&L of your business unit.  Starting each year with the build of an ambitious budget alongside the brand leadership team, your specialist knowledge and advice is key to maximising brand growth and control costs. You will then lead a small but perfectly formed team to manage the financial aspects of the brand’s plans, budgets and forecasts throughout the year.  With a focus on strategic review of performance, you play an important role in the identification of key opportunities and risks throughout the year. These are highly collaborative roles that work closely with brand, commercial and corporate teams as well as the leadership of the Brand and Division


Be responsible for providing a full financial service to a L'Oréal Brand Business Unit (BU), managing the financial aspects of the brand’s plans, budgets and trends and liaising with the different brand functions and corporate departments. The Head of Finance will act as a key business leader to support the brand General Manager and will be a key stakeholder in the brand’s management committee. The following are a identified list of requirements for this role:

Develop the BU’s brand portfolio and image, turnover and profitability in the UK & Ireland market.
Develop strong partnership with the brand’s General Manager, anticipating any risks and providing advice and analysis on all finance related issues that contribute to the sustainable development of the brand
Implement the international brands strategies in the UKI, determining and implementing necessary local adjustments in close liaison with the international brand teams
Increase brands’ market share and sales growth
Manage and take accountability for the BU’s P&L: define, optimise and monitor budget objectives (profitability, stocks, inventory, structure of P&L account)
Define, implement and monitor marketing activity (launches, renovations, repositioning of products, media, competitor analysis and field activities)
Define, implement and monitor distribution strategy, building strong relationships with the trade
Build and continuously adapt an effective and efficient organisation
Lead, motivate & develop a team of finance individuals, providing regular support and development
With the support of the Marketing Controller and the Sales Controller, drive the brand to the achievement of the financial results agreed in the Budget
Manage the sell-in forecasts and results with the Sales Director and Demand Planner
Evaluate the media investment and the sell-out performance with the Marketing Director
Ensure respect of UK and Group standards with regard to legislation and group best practice

  • An experienced fully qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA or ACCA)
  • Previous relevant experience working within a strategic role in the FMCG sector or similar
  • Strong interpersonal skills are essential as the role involves partnership and close liaison with key senior stakeholders
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills – able to develop strategic business plans and ensure successful implementation
  • Entrepreneurial – able to identify business development opportunities
  • Strong leadership, communication, networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding rigour and attention to detail
  • Highly organised with prioritisation skills and strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Highly numerate – strong analytically and strong commercial acumen
  • Strong presentation/communication skills with the ability to confidently influence, persuade and inspire
  • Ability to work in an ever changing & demanding environment
  • Flexibility for an international career is desired but not essential