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Finance Controller - Commercial


Position: Finance Controller - Commercial

Based: 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.




McCormick is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT employer.




As per Job description


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