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Brown-Forman Senior Finance Manager - Greater China in Shanghai, China

Scope of Position(based in Shanghai):

  • Leads, directs and administers the financial activities for Greater China, being one of the key members of the Leadership Team.

  • Provides advice and counsel on key business issues to the Country General Manager, including strategy, legal agreements, business planning, forecasting, management reporting and processes and distribution structures, as well as ensuring proper accounting procedures.

  • Responsible for financial strategy and planning to support profitable business growth, financial statements, budgets, strategic resource allocation, projections, financial analysis, capital expenditures and administrative functions.

  • Leads the local accounting team responsible for credit control, accounts receivable and accounts payable functions as well as proper month, quarter and year end closing procedures.

  • Leads a team that provides analytical support and analysis for commercial and brand operations including decision support, sales insights, pricing issues. Position is also responsible for the talent management of the finance teams.

  • The role will be based in Shanghai

Brown Forman Core Competencies:

  • Long-term Perspective

  • Business Analytics

  • Decision Making

  • Leverage Diverse Thinking

  • Managing through ambiguity

  • Drive for Results

  • Influencing Others

  • Building Productive Relationships & Partnerships

  • Champion of People

Other Key Competencies:

  • Business acumen

  • Financial acumen

Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Planning

  • Identifies opportunities for sales and profit improvement and supports development of long-term strategic plans.

  • Develops the analysis to support the long-range planning process with Greater China leadership through the development of comprehensive financial models and a strategic roadmap of “how to achieve the goals”.

  • Collaborates with other functional areas (Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain) to identify areas of possible growth and expansion and new profit opportunities and also short- and long-term promotions and discounts.

2. Financial Analysis & Operation Effectiveness

  • Establishes procedures and systems necessary for concise, accurate, periodic financial reports on a timely basis on Greater China results and financial position.

  • Oversees Greater China business analytic functions; appraises Greater China’s financial position and issues periodic financial and operating reports that provide insights into the drivers of results.

  • Prepares financial analysis, capital budgeting requests and provides analytical support to Greater China business.

  • Lead the team to ensure the accurate and smooth execution of accounting operations with good segregation of duties.

  • Lead the team to manage the Salesforce.com and provide regular depletion figures and analysis to sales teams.

3. Budget and Forecast

  • Issues accurate financial forecasts on the current state of the business measured against the on-going business updates with Regional executive leadership on a timely basis along with the appropriate qualitative / quantitative analysis and recommendations.

  • Oversees the budgeting and forecasting processes and interpretation and presentation of such information.

4. Internal Controls

  • Ensures all appropriate financial controls and legal/regulatory requirements are properly followed and certify the region’s results quarterly for Sarbanes-Oxley purposes.

  • Works with Accounting, Credit and Transactions (ACT) to develop policies and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of proper internal controls surrounding financial results throughout the China markets, including compliance with corporate policies.

  • Works with IT and Business Intelligence teams to develop management reporting and analytical tools to control the business as well as improve efficiency in all areas of the commercial business.

  • Coordinate with our Distribution Partners and other business partners to ensure the required documentation is received as per contract stipulations.

5. Pricing Structures

  • Oversees pricing and associated cost structures of brands and propose to the management team for consideration, e.g. SKU pricing management, etc.

6. Team Management & Development

  • Provides leadership and direction to Finance teams.

  • Acts as a role model of B-F values and culture.

  • Leads a diverse and inclusive culture where different perspectives are encouraged and individuals feel connected and valued.

  • Builds and develops bench strength to fuel Brown-Forman locally with ready talent.

  • Supports team development by providing opportunities and coaching to the team with on-going appreciative & constructive feedback.

  • Participates in talent initiatives to build talent for short & long term, i.e. Performance Growth Planning, etc.

  • Engages the team in company’s vision and direction and motivates them to make active contributions towards these objectives

Qualifications & Requirements

Essential requirements

  • Bachelors’ degree with at least 8 years relevant Finance and Accounting experience

  • Proven leadership and decision-making abilities

  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills with the ability to develop and present financial strategies and translate these into actionable plans

  • Understanding of financial regulatory requirements in China

  • Strong consultative and diagnostic skills

  • Excellent quantitative/mathematical skills with strong ability to interpret financial results and analysis

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete diverse activities within an established time frame

  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external contacts and with diverse cultures

  • High level of integrity and trust

  • Excellent manager and talent developer in a diverse culture - demonstrated commitment to providing regular, constructive feedback to teams; demonstrated coaching ability; ability to objectively assess both skills and potential of talents

Desirable requirements

  • Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance

  • Prior Experience in the alcoholic beverage industry or a branded consumer products company/business

  • Reputable financial/accounting designations such as Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • Prior experience establishing internal control structures and processes

  • Prior experience in growing businesses in emerging markets

  • Education/experience in international business

  • Experienced in Hong Kong and/or Singapore market will be considered

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Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Finance

City: Shanghai

State: Shanghai

Country: CHN

Req ID: JR-00000596

Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

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