Manager - Finance - Operations


Job Details


Normanton - Finance

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Working Pattern

Full Time



Closing Date

04/11/2019 12:00

About IPL

At IPL our role is very clear. We are here to improve the value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, sustainable supply chain solution. Our sustainable sourcing model supports 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 multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

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

Leading the edible operations Finance Team you will business partner the senior operational teams across 2 of our produce packing sites. Your role will be to drive operational performance, highlighting opportunities for improvement, whilst maintaining strong financial controls.

This role is Fixed Term for 12 months.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the finance team across the 2 sites (Normanton and Sittingbourne).

  • Ensure strong financial control exists around all operational costs, including direct labour, packaging and overheads. Ensure reconciliations and reporting exists to control these costs.

  • Production of timely and accurate weekly and monthly accounts highlighting operational performance, and working with the business to put corrective actions in place to address any underperformance.

  • Provide insightful analysis on operational spend, understanding volume, mix and rate variances.

  • Control of the annual budgeting, and forecasting process for the edible produce operational P&L.

  • Ownership of the operational costs within the overall Asda cost prices, and forecasting these costs within the financial forecasting models.

  • Continuous improvement – measurement of existing initiatives, and working with the business to identify new opportunities for the future. Verify any site specific savings.

  • Capex – Identify any capex opportunities including calculation/verification of any associated benefits and the payback period. Controlling the spend throughout the capex life cycle and assisting the sites to complete post capex reviews.

  • To deliver financial training to non-finance stakeholders within the business unit team to ensure the teams are clear and accountable on their roles in the finance process, from correctly using purchase orders, to accurately inputting data into the forecasting system.

  • Stock Management of all sites – Packaging & Raw Material

Skills and Experience Required:

  • CIMA Qualified or equivalent.

  • Strong analytical mind set and variance analysis skills.

  • Strong Excel skills required.

  • Ability to influence at a senior level.

  • Direct labour and packaging costing experience.

  • Business partnering experience.

  • Team leadership.

  • Fresh Produce experience.

  • Attention to detail

  • TM1 / Prophet / Cognos skills - desirable.

  • Operational knowledge - desirable.

What's in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

  • Paid annual leave

  • 10% Asda Discount

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • Car Allowance

  • Private Healthcare – Family cover

  • 4x Life assurance

  • Free car parking.