Brown-Forman Senior Finance Manager - SEA in Singapore, Singapore

Job Description:

Scope of Position:

Leads, directs and administers the financial activities for South East Asia region (SEA), being one of the key members of the Leadership Team. Provides advice and counsel on key business issues to the General Manager SEA, including strategy, distribution agreement, business planning, forecasting, management reporting, internal controls and route to market structures, as well as ensuring proper accounting procedures.

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

Leads the local teams across SEA responsible for financial activities locally: local statutory reporting and filing (audit and tax), accounts payable functions accurate and timely month, quarter and year end closing procedures, as well as analytical support for commercial and brand operations including decision support on pricing, trading terms, sales insights,operating expenses and resource allocation. Person will be responsible for development and talent management of the teams.


  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 SEA leadership through the development of comprehensive financial models and a strategic roadmap of “how to achieve the goals”.

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

  1. Financial Analysis & Operation Effectiveness
  • Establishes procedures and systems necessary for concise, accurate, periodic financial reports on a timely basis on SEA results and financial position.

  • Oversees SEA business analytic functions; appraises SEA’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 SEA business.

  • Leads the team to ensure the accurate and smooth execution of financial operations locally

  1. Budget and Forecast
  • Issues accurate financial forecasts on the current state of the business measured against the on-going business updates 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.

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

  • Liaising with internal and external auditing entities including income tax auditors

  • Ensure accurate and timely closing of the books and sign off on monthly trial balance

  • Work with 3rd party payroll provider in Indonesia and Philippines for monthly payroll

  • Work closely with ACT to ensure all employees are well informed of accounting policies, procedures, and regulations. Continually facilitates accurate accounting practices

  • Works with other stakeholders to develop policies and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of proper internal controls surrounding financial results throughout the SEA 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.

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

  • Provide necessary analysis support to sales teams

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

  • Provide support pertaining to the logistic function for SEA region by working closely with Regional Supply Chain and U.S. Customer Service

  1. 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

  1. Ad Hoc Projects
  • Provides ad hoc support on projects or other processes as needed

Qualifications & Requirements

Must Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Business Administration

  • 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

  • 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

Preferred 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

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#LI-VP1#JDFirePour#TVP

About Brown-Forman:

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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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: Asia

City: Singapore

State: Int'l

Country: Singapore

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 4652BR