Commercial Finance Manager


Job Details


Normanton - Finance

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary and Package

Closing Date

15/12/2022 23:45

About IPL

The IPL Group of companies are here to support Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives. We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across our Group companies’ multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

The IPL Group is comprised of IPL, Forza and Kober. IPL’s biggest area is fresh produce but we also focus on a number of other areas including beverages, protein and nuts. We procure everything from Australian Chardonnay, to Kenyan flowers; South African citrus fruits, to British strawberries. Forza and Kober focus on their brilliant cooked meats and bacon ranges. Across the entire IPL Group, our buyers work hard to ensure we source the very best products at the very best price.

About the site

Normanton is home to our head office and is also the largest of our operational sites where we pack fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.

Several of our support functions are based here as well as the majority of our Commercial and buying teams. Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day and 364 days a year, employing over 700 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Production Operatives to Technical Managers, Business Unit Administrators to IT Specialists.

About the role

We are recruiting for a Commercial Finance Manager to join our finance team at our Normanton Head Office. Reporting to the Head of Procurement Finance, you will lead finance business partnering to the Edible Produce commercial team, providing support and challenge to ensure quality financial plans are developed and delivered

Key accountabilities will include;

  • Business partner the commercial (buying and logistics) senior management team
  • Leading the planning and forecasting processes for the team, ensuring reliability and accuracy of the plans and forecasts delivered to IPL and Asda deadlines
  • Attend and lead regular performance reviews with senior stakeholders to review cost performance vs plan, strategic initiative delivery and overall P&L performance
  • P&L ownership for end-to-end performance of the commercial team, including impact on Asda Produce P&L
  • Drive consistent and clear reporting on a weekly and monthly basis to show true underlying performance vs plan and forecast (including currency impact, volume changes, cost inflation, claims, waste)
  • Weekly review of costs v forecast, with product cost prices adjusted weekly to ensure the most accurate cost prices are charged to Asda each week
  • Develop a deep understanding of the key accounting systems – Prophet, Dynamics and Anaplan – and project manage any system developments specific to the Business Unit
  • Leadership and development of Commercial Finance Analysts, ensuring strong business partnering is delivered across the commercial team


The hours for this position are 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

What are we looking for?

  • Industry experience in commercial finance, ideally Food or FMCG
  • Ability to build strong relationships across the business
  • Hands on, detail-oriented, with working knowledge of core accounting systems e.g. MS Dynamics, or performance management systems such as Anaplan
  • Qualified accountant preferred (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) although candidates qualified by experience will also be considered

Why work for us?

  • 33 days’ annual leave (including bank holidays) – pro rata
  • Colleague Annual Bonus Scheme
  • Enhanced Pension Scheme
  • 10% Asda Discount (terms and conditions apply)
  • Life assurance (4x base salary)
  • Health and wellbeing assistance programme
  • Access to Free Parking
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Private medical cover