Assistant Finance Business Partner, West Africa at Unilever Nigeria Plc

Unilever Nigeria Plc – Welcome to Unilever, a global multinational and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company with products sold in over 190 countries and more than 2 billion consumers across the world who use our amazing products everyday!

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Assistant Finance Business Partner, West Africa

Job ID: R-55533
Location: Lagos
Category: Finance

Main Job Purpose

  • To ensure the business gets efficient return on all marketing investments through detailed review of justification of spends, aggressive pre and post evaluation of Brand and Customer marketing expenditure; enforce the accurate booking, reporting and control of Brand Marketing Investment; and support the Finance Business Partner-Analytics in result commentaries and performance analysis across West Africa.

Job Summary

  • Standardize BMI spend evaluation process and ensure all marketing activities are pre & post evaluated against agreed KPIs.
  • Ensure up to date documentation on all Brand and Customer Marketing briefs, Pre & Post Evaluations.
  • Drive Return on marketing investments (ROMI) framework for the total business.
  • Assist Finance Business Partners in review and analysis of promotional briefs before signing off.
  • Act as key contact for Brand & Marketing Investment (BMI) data and act as department expert on BMI.
  • Respond to queries on BMI, including ad hoc analysis.
  • Balance Sheet Review: Reconcile all balance sheet accounts relating to BMI.
  • Prepare comprehensive monthly BMI commentary for both Actuals and Forecast and key highlights on revised full year forecast and phasing for use by Category Teams and Marketing Leadership Team.
  • Ensure smooth month end closure on all BMI accounts.
  • Provide timely input on BMI full year forecast to Reporting Accountant.
  • Ensure all BMI process documentation are up to date.
  • Control BMI budget to ensure actual spend is in line with approved amount.
  • Enforces governance process around Brand and Marketing Investment Accounting.
  • Ensures data accuracy and general ledger integrity in the posting and reconciliation of BMI Activities.
  • BMI Analytics: Mines data to identify trends in performance and structure of spend (A/P/POS) and share value adding insights with Category Teams.
  • Ensure the business delivers on agreed ROMI targets (e.g., non-working media target)
  • Ensures procurement of all promotional and marketing items are channelled through centralized Procurement buying process, as defined in the “No PO, No Pay” Policy.
  • Prepares decision support information for Brand Building Managers to aid efficient use of promotion budget.
  • Ad hoc analysis on historic data in ERP.
  • Continuous training of business partners to boost finance knowledge.
  • Takes responsibility for own development.

Key Requirements

  • A graduate of any relevant discipline (Economics, Accountancy, Business Administration)
  • 3 – 5 years relevant experience is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of SAP and Excel
  • Good communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Proactive attitude and ability to work with minimal supervision within a team.

Key Environment

  • Internal – Marketing and Sales teams, MLT, FLT, interfaces across Finance, IT, Customer Service
  • External – Regional Contacts, Controllers team.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
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