Finance Business Partner
A leading FTSE 250, British-based international packaging business.
A site based Finance Business Partner at the Hinckley Manufacturing Plant.
About Our Client
DS Smith PLC is a leading FTSE 250, British-based international packaging business. Today they employ more than 26,000 in 36 countries worldwide and, for the fiscal year 2015/16, had a revenue of £4,066m. They are a leading provider of corrugated & plastics packaging, supported by paper & recycling operations to an enviable customer base.
DS Smith Packaging designs and manufactures corrugated packaging for customers across Europe. Working in partnership with packaging users across the globe, they develop innovative packaging solutions that ensure their customers' products achieve more for less. They have reshaped their business so they are not only bigger but stronger, and they see further growth opportunities ahead by innovating with customers in new markets. The intent is to increase share in growth markets via acquisition and investment and to grow scale in niche markets and new business areas.
Organised geographically, the UK Packaging business is the single biggest region, with a revenue of £600m and 3000 employees over 30 sites. This is an opportunity to join the Finance team for the UK Packaging business with a significant focus collectively on effective business partnering to drive performance.
As the Finance Business Partner located at the Hinckley Manufacturing Plant; within the UK Packaging Industrial division, this is a key role, reporting to the Business Unit Managing Director. Working as part of the local leadership team, the Finance Business Partner, will provide financial analysis and insight across every aspect of the business to facilitate change. You will help to develop the strategic and financial priorities, which drive the overall financial business performance of the main plant at Hinckley and Sheet Plants, which support this site at Birmingham, Bristol and the Wirral.
You will be expected to create and present insightful and detailed analysis of financial performance and be able to influence and initiate change to ensure that key operational and financial targets are delivered. Understanding how and where the business creates value and promoting a culture of commercial excellence will be essential to success in the role.
As the Finance Business Partner, you will drive and support the delivery of change and will need to anticipate and understand the implications of risks and opportunities. You will also need to identify and present the range of potential outcomes and scenarios to support decision making by the Plant leadership team.
Identifying the costs and benefits of key business initiatives, including capital investment appraisals, commercial tenders, procurement strategies and operational efficiency programmes will also be required. It will be your responsibility to advise on efficiency and productivity improvements and to ensure the business operates within the overall DS Smith governance framework.
The Successful Applicant
For this Finance Business Partner opportunity in Hinckley, the successful candidate must have/be:
Degree educated and a qualified accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA).
- Some manufacturing sector experience is essential.
- Ideally you will have experience of business partnering and you must be able to demonstrate strong analytical and planning skills combined with a commercial outlook.
- Excellent communication skills, with the ability to see the value in the information provided and with the influencing skills to drive change and challenge effectively.
- Knowledge of SAP would be advantageous.
- The ability to simplify financial systems and processes and making reporting systems relevant.
- Good people leadership skills and excellent relationship management skills to work effectively within the region, as well as with the Shared Service Centre and the wider Group.
This is an outstanding opportunity to play a key role in the future success of this established business and to further your own career within a PLC.
What's on Offer
£65,000-£75,000 Basic Salary, Car, Bonus and Excellent Benefits