Financial Controller

Elida Beauty at Unilever
GBP 80,000 - 100,000
Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Controller to join our client, a leading global FMCG company with Brands such as VO5, Brylcreem and TIGI based at their prestigious facility in Battersea, London (hybrid role working approx. 2 days per week onsite but flexibility required, with the remainder of the week remotely)

This is a full-time temporary role to start ASAP for 12 months, working a 37.5-hour week and is paying up to £70,000 per annum, pro rata, depending on experience.

Who we are … we are Elida Beauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty business within Unilever. We are re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around. Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers, customers and suppliers we are able to unleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start. We ‘Re-Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’. Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

Your Role

The UKI ANZ region is ~€100m in size consisting of a directly managed business in the UK and distributor partners in Ireland and ANZ. As Financial Controller for this region you will take full ownership for the controlling of legal entities and lead for a culture of stewardship across the business. You will lead a team of 9 and work closely with Audit, Tax Advisory and third-party service teams. Joining Elida Beauty offers a unique experience to design and implement the Finance processes and controls of the future as we transition the business to operate as a standalone entity. In doing so you will have the opportunity to define and implement the business process and technology that you will be accountable for in the future.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Implementation and stabilization of ERP and control framework across the newly established business
  • Work together with treasury to support cashflow analysis and forecasting
  • Support transformation project for Wave 2
  • Monthly R2R closing and controls
  • Financial Accounting and statutory reporting for all legal entities in the region
  • Own B2C and Credit Management with support 3P partner
  • Own P2P with process excellence and control
  • Oversee Tax compliance and reporting with support 3P partner
  • Risk management and operationalization of control framework
  • Work together with the Elida Beauty Controller network to drive process and controls excellence
  • Recruitment and development of the regional finance team

What you will bring to the role

· Drive and results orientation: Natural bias for action and willing to make a positive difference to achieve higher levels of performance. Sets stretching goals for self and team, exploits opportunities and strives to achieve beyond what is expected, even under adverse circumstances. Takes direct ownership of objectives and peripheral activities, balancing caution, courage and flexibility. Has high levels of self-assurance and shows resilience and belief in own ability to achieve goals.

· Analytical power: Brings powerful analysis to issues and has a roving eye for detail and uses an intelligent mix of logic and intuition inn decision making and judgement. Rapidly absorbs new information, knowledge and applies new techniques, technology and procedures.

· Collaboration & Influencing: Is impactful and flexible in communicating and influencing the issues with the ability to work across matrices of functions. Builds informal networks, actively listens and responds to the concerns and feelings of others even when not explicitly stated – high levels of emotional intelligence.

· Stewardship: Fosters a control culture in the business where we encourage risk taking but have zero compromise on financial controls and accounting principles. Proven technical ability across controlling to both lead and do across the controlling agenda.

· Passion for People: A coach, mentor and the obvious desire to devote personal time to build people skills and with a flair to lead people and command fellowship. The candidate should have the maturity and deftness to understand nuances in different inter relationships and find the best way to get the job done – holding themselves and their colleagues accountable at all times.


  • PQE experience in the Financial Controlling function and/or Audit function/Accounting Advisory Services
  • Experience of statutory accounting & liaison with audit
  • Experience of UK tax compliance and reporting
  • Strong technical knowledge of IFRS
  • Proven ability to innovate and manage change
  • Proven ability to manage advisors effectively

Nice to Have:

§ Experience of working in Private Equity stakeholder model

§ Systems experience of Oracle EBS

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