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Brown-Forman Finance Manager - Europe GTR in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Imagine working for a company that welcomes you in, inspires you to bring your best self to every opportunity, and encourages you to grow and develop your career in a resilient and fun industry. Brown-Forman offers our employees this kind of career and environment and has for more than 150 years. Together, we proudly live and work by our values, striving each day to be better and do better as people, as a company, and as members of the communities we call home. Come have a seat at our table .

Meaningful Work From Day One

This position will act as a key member and business partner of the Global Accounts & Europe Travel Retail team and provide financial support, planning and insights to aid commercial decision making and strategic direction. This individual will be responsible for one direct report, a Senior Financial Analyst based in Hamburg, Germany.

Accounts include growing and complex, multi-market, multi-channel retailers covering all global regions, including Heinemann, Dufry, Lagardere and Aer Rianta International, who together control more than 50% of the global travel retail spirits business, as well as Europe Travel Retail.

What You Can Expect:

Commercial Support and Analytical Insight

  • Provide commercial support and analytical insights for the region regarding commercial decision making to analyze problem areas and help identify solutions.

  • Drive long-term strategic vision, managing the development and performance of 2025 strategic plans.

  • Provide tools to commercial teams to support their accounts. This includes financial support for key account/distribution agreements, pricing strategies, promotion strategies, customer profitability assessments, and competitive trends.

  • Prepare analysis for presentations for customer negotiations, performance reviews, and other strategic projects.

  • Work with Supply Chain for key accounts on sales forecasts and to manage and track inventories with key accounts.

  • Build relationships across the finance departments of key retail partners

Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Analyze and communicate business performance for assigned accounts/markets on a monthly basis to Global Travel Retail management and commercial teams.

  • Provide meaningful analysis and commentary that drives insights on business performance. Types of analysis may include profitability analysis, margin enhancement, variance analysis, pricing effectiveness, cost management and measuring promotional effectiveness.

  • Manage budgets and spend tracking for A&P and Discounts.

  • Interpret and ensure accuracy of financial statements, working with the accounting team to develop accruals, JEs, pricing approvals and manage queries.

Financial Planning Function

  • Work with commercial, marketing, and finance teams to develop quarterly forecasts, annual targets and strategic long-term planning. Be able to understand and challenge key assumptions, and assess risks.

  • Act as a key liaison with commercial and finance teams for travel retail markets which roll up within the Global Accounts and Europe TR.

  • Ensure accuracy of financial forecasts and be responsible for the integrity of data.


  • Manage and develop the Senior Financial Analyst who also acts as a key financial/analytical contact for the Global Accounts and Europe Travel Retail team, providing support through the preparation of statistics, presentations, accounting, and ad hoc support.

  • Liase with Accounting function to ensure proper recording of JEs & accruals, and ensure books are kept in accordance with local & US GAAP. Collaborate with that team to ensure efficiency in processes.

  • Provide ad hoc support on special projects (by their nature it is difficult to define these projects as they will be driven by requirements that change).

We Are Looking For People Who Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or equivalent experience

  • Experience from an FMCG background preferably in GTR

  • Strong financial analytical capability with a demonstrated ability to influence sound business decisions

  • Proactive self-starter with the intellectual curiosity to seek relevant questions to be answered

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a broad range of business associates across multiple geographic locations

  • Ability to independently plan and prioritize multiple diverse work projects and work outside of normal work hours to meet deadlines and manage time zone differences

  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of various software packages, particularly Microsoft Excel, SAP, BW, Google, etc

  • Knowledge in tax issues and international accounting rules (US GAAP)

  • Ability to travel, approximately 10% - 15%

Nothing Better In The Market:

Total Rewards at Brown-Forman is designed to engage our people to ensure our sustainable and profitable growth for generations to come. As a premium spirits company, we offer premium and equitable pay & bonus for individual and company performance. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce.


Business Area: Global Finance

City: London


Country: GBR

Req ID: JR-00004149