Assistant Finance Manager, Category FET (Cost & Budget Control) in Singapore, Singapore–Unilever

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Assistant Finance Manager, Category FET (Cost & Budget Control)



Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.4 billion in 2014. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:

  • Decoupling growth from environmental impact.

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.

  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2014 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fourth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.

Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit . For more information on the USLP: JOB TITLE: Assistant Finance Manager, Category FET (Cost & Budget Control)




The Finance Excellence Team (FET) is a core pillar within the Unilever Finance Operating Model. The Category FET design principle is to create expertise teams to directly business partners the Global and Regional marketing teams under 3 core areas of Innovation, Budget Management and Performance Reporting & Analytics. Working within the FET provides ambitious individuals with the opportunity to experience the fast-paced environment of FMCG, working in a Global team and exposure across all Unilever categories and markets.

The Cost & Budget pillar of the FET plays a key role in the budgeting, tracking, controlling and partnering of Category Costs including Category Innovation Plan (CIP), Overheads and bough-in cost across global and regional category teams. Joining the team at the implementation phase provides a unique opportunity to drive change across the business and play a leading role in delivering our Future Finance Vision. Successful candidates will thrive on working within a change environment and bring with them a strong existing knowledge of Category Cost & Budget Control.


Change Management

  • Play a leading role in the implementation and rolling out of a standardised budget tool including the deployment of Partner training programme

  • Play a leading role in the implementation of a “3 Tier” approach to business partnering (Self Service, FET Intervention, Agile Intervention)

  • Work closely with other Big C/Regional teams to develop cross- Big C streamlined approach to Category Cost & Budget Control

Core Accountabilities

  • Maintenance of a standardised budget management tool across a wide portfolio of category spend

  • Key point of contact for Business Partners on all budget management matters across a wide portfolio of category spend

  • Own the monthly tracking of actuals and forecast across a wide portfolio of category spend

  • Lead “Tier 2” Partnering interventions where budget variances or cost anomalies are identified and reviewed with business partners to resolve

  • Support Business Partners on budget reallocation decisions enabled via timely & accurate information together with category specific expertise

  • Perform key financial control processes including Month End close reviews, Goods Receipt and Inspection Report (GRIR) and accrual management

  • Manage Master Data structure across portfolio of category spend

  • Drive process improvement and job fundamental across marketing teams to ensure a right first time inputs e.g. IO Compliance, CBT/CRG Matching, Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Control Principles

  • Lead an expertise topic across all Big C’s to drive our team capabilities and efficiency

  • Play a leading role in the driving the Finance Excellence Team change program and imbedding of new ways of working across the Finance Team


  • Recent & relevant category budget management experience

  • Ability to manage large and complex set of stakeholders

  • Strong data management and manipulation capabilities

  • Pro-active team player

  • Strength in holding others accountable

  • Experience in presenting and communicating with senior management


Please apply online by clicking on “Apply Online” below. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements. Should you not meet our immediate requirements, your profile will be registered in our talent pool system and we will match your profile to suitable future vacancies.

You will be able to access your status update through the candidate tracking link.

Thank you for your interest and application.

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Primary Location: Singapore-Singapore (District Level)-Singapore (City Level)-UAPL – Mapletree Biz City

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Unposting Date: Aug-24-2018

Req ID: 18000C52

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