Finance Director Germany & Northern Europe

Date: Nov 10, 2023

Location: Frankfurt, HE, DE

Company: Beam Suntory

What makes this a great opportunity?

G&NE is one of the largest business units (BUs) in the International Region in Beam Suntory and is a critical market to drive the premiumization of Beam Suntory brands and generate profitable growth.  The business comprises of around 180 employees and operates a direct route to market (RTM) in Germany and Austria, and through third party distributors in Northern Europe (BENELUX, Scandinavia).


The Finance Director is a key member of the G&NE leadershipteam that sets the long-term vision, strategy and implementation plan for the G&NE business unit. The role offers the great opportunity to create, influence and to make a difference and we are looking for a candidate that is not only an expert in his/herarea, but for someone who can inspire, motivate and drive an engaged, diverse and inclusive team.

Role Responsibilities

• Full responsibility for the P&L and all finance matters across G&NE including the delivery of financial performance and targets of the G&NE business unit in line with market and global strategies

• Be a valuable business partner and advisor to the G&NE MD by providing functional support to ensure the businessdelivers against its commercial and financial commitments as well as pro-actively identify opportunities

• Support the International CFO in delivering a high caliber finance function that is able to consistently meet the group’s requirements in a reliable and efficient manner

• Lead and develop a highly capable finance team in supportof business unit objectives as well as the needs of individual careers

• Ensure complete and accurate accounting records of the G&NE business unit by ensuring robust month end and annual processes including a close collaboration with internal partners and external authorities (e.g. tax, auditorsor other legal authorities)

• Owner of internal and external financial reporting

• Champion the development of revenue management capabilities (RGM) and drive value creation in the BUthrough optimization of RGM levers

• Lead the Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting process across G&NE including ownership of the financial business plan, the financial outlook, as well as trend and gap analyses to support resource allocation decisions

• Analyze return on investment including brand building, trade promotions, capital expenditures and operational expense in an effort to effectively allocate and spend resources

• Lead continuous improvement of G&NE business processes and ways of working to effectively support the commercial and marketing teams in delivering strategic priorities and business performance

• Develop, maintain, and review finance strategies to support short-, mid- and long-term growth plans

• Lead strategic local, regional and international financial projects

• Partner with corporate functions to oversee the range of accounting, tax, treasury, and financial issues related to various distribution models within the region

Key relationships

• G&NE MD and wider Leadership Team including Commercial and Marketing Directors

• International CFO, FP&A and RGM Director

• Business Unit Finance Directors & FP&A Managers


• MBA Degree or equivalent with relevant Accounting/Business/Finance qualification

• 12+ years of diversified finance experience, preferably including experience within different financial functions and within a large, multinational consumer productsbusiness

• Experience in working across a matrix organization and with a variety of senior leaders

• International experience is preferred

• Knowledge of the German financial accounting systems

• Fluent in spoken and written English.  German language fluency highly preferred.

• Ability to travel up to 30%


Additional Qualifications:

• Strong Financial Acumen – Demonstrate a ‘drive for results’ mentality and a broad business skill set, good strategic perspective and a mature and practical mindset, along with excellent financial modelling skills, analytical thinking and the ability to execute structured analyses as well as the ability to design approaches to open ended questions

• Strong leadership skills to drive strategic influencing across all levels of the organization paired with strong communication and team leadership skills to inspire, motivate and build strong teams

• Ability to navigate effectively, influence and thrive in a culturally diverse matrix structure, and maintain healthy working relationships

• Relationship Focused – demonstrable ability to develop and leverage deep business acumen and quickly grasp concepts. Culturally sensitive attitude and approach to business practices

• Agility – demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a wide range of situations.  Embrace change and be able to adapt external best practice to own organizational situation

• Attention to Detail – ability to produce high quality accurate output, with particular attention to fine, small details

• Forward thinking – challenges the status quo and proactively and creatively identifies opportunities for improvement

• Self-Motivated – ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment where you are required to take ownership for business results and drive for growth.  Ability to work outside scope of responsibility and take on additional strategic projects and the ability to manage multiple priorities effortlessly

• Leadership – strong people management & development skills. Ability to create an environment where everyone can be at their best, championing an inclusive and outperformance culture.

• Change Management - Ability to anticipate and identify the need for change and in then championing and leading change