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Finance Controller - Commercial

Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: MIDRAND, GT, ZA, 1683

Company: McCormick & Company


Finance Controller - Commercial

Midrand, South Africa    



In this role, you will be responsible for providing financial presence and support in specifically identified processes and procedures that influence and/or affect the Sales and Reporting functions directly across the SA business. 




  • Business Partnering with commercial team,
  • Monitor and explain the financial performance of customers,
  • Prepare and manage customer and product profitability analysis and reporting,
  • Provide guidance on life cycle management and customer business plans,
  • Administer and update customer pricing models, and keep partners updated as to the cause and effect thereof,
  • Control all aspects of pricing including ROI and price modelling,
  • Together with the Commercial Team, identify opportunities and strategies to target growth areas within key customers and or new customers/markets,
  • Business Partnering with the supply chain team,
  • Interrogate the customer forecast, explain and question variances in order to ensure a true and fair demand plan,
  • Identify and correct customer selling price variances,
  • Prepare and manage customer freight and discount reports,
  • Analyse and comment on main raw material movements and the risks involved,
  • Provide support and cover for Business Partners,
  • Support Global reporting and analysis for some customers,
  • Update and maintain TM1 and ensure EMEA commercial reporting deadlines are kept,
  • Carry out month end commercial processes, including rebate accruals and customer allowances,
  • Improve core commercial finance processes where needed,
  • Ensure all commercial processes are documented and Sarbanes Oxley compliant,
  • Prepare ad hoc commercial viability studies and present risks and rewards,
  • Partner with local and EMEA management team,
  • Prepare and present the monthly S&OP financial report, highlighting / comment on main drivers and risks, as well as action plans to mitigate risks,
  • Partner with the finance team,
  • Prepare and complete predetermined balance sheet reconciliations,
  • Ensure customer selling price, discounts and freight rates are updated and maintained in SAP.





  • Educated, comm graduate / CIMA or equivalent qualification.
  • 5 years+ working experience in FMCG environment (International companies would be a positive) that included exposure to costing and management of the P&L.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of fully integrated financial/ERP system (SAP & Syspro).
  • Strong Excel skills (demonstrable knowledge of VLOOKUPS, Pivot tables).
  • Personal and team leadership skills, with proven ability to build, influence & sustain relationships at all levels of the organisation.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Able to handle complexity and achieve results.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.