Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, West Africa


Accounting, Auditing & Finance

Unspecified NGN Confidential
1 week ago

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Job Description/Requirements

Unilever is currently hiring for Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, West Africa

Function : Finance

Work Level: WL 2

Reports to: Finance Excellence Team Lead, WA

Scope: Regional

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Terms & Conditions: Full Time employment


With billion people in over 190 countries using our products every day, Unilever is a business that makes a real impact on the world. Work on brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace, and it is our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance. At the heart of what we do is our people â we believe that when our people work with purpose, we will create a better business and a better world. 

At Unilever, your career will be a unique journey, grounded in our inclusive, collaborative, and flexible working environment. We donât believe in the âone size fits allâ approach and instead we will equip you with the tools you need to shape your own future.

Finance Excellence Team

The Finance Excellence Team works above the market (as a regional team)

We have 3 management entities forming the West Africa business unit (Nigeria, Ghana and Francophone Africa, with base in Cote dâIvoire).

The FET is responsible for business performance, budget and forecast across all 3 markets.

Our team purpose:

To be an agile, tech savvy and trusted business partner

Leveraging business acumen, data insight and influencing skill to make the right decisions.

To elevate business performance and business outcomes.


Find your purpose at Unilever. You will lead innovations, big and small, that will make our business win and grow. You will learn from brilliant business leaders and colleagues in a truly global and diverse culture to ultimately become a better you. The FP&A Manager will be a member of the West Africa Finance Excellence Team. As part of FET, the role holder will play a key role in managing the performance of specific P&L lines in the business unit. He/ she shall be the ultimate process owner of forecast and performance management of these specified cost buckets and would be a business partner to the leadership team on market performance under the supervision of the FET Head, WA. The role holder will also be responsible for consolidated WA reporting for all areas applicable under the consideration he/she will be managing the largest business unit in the region.


Integrated Business plan & target framework

Drive annual Integrated Business plan working across functions and multiple stakeholders to derive a multi-year plan

Support Financial input required centrally and globally to arrive at business unit target framework for the year

Rolling Forecast

Own end to end forecast for P&L line items under your scope as part of monthly S&OP and Financial Forecast submission.

Coordinate and ensure timely and qualitative cash up for responsible areas.

Ensure adequate review, accountability and alignment between each data and process champion.

Prepare and share S&OP financial report with assumptions, opportunities and risk considerations in the forecast (ARO), also variance analysis current Forecast vs Previous and prior year.

Month end closing and performance management.

Perform month end closing activities in collaboration with support team â Global Management and reporting team (GMR team).

Consolidate and lead actual performance analysis and provide documented insight to the business.

Support performance reporting submission as part of the month end closing activities.

Control and governance

Enforce cadence and governance around end-to-end forecast & reporting process.

Overall GFCF (Global Financial Control Framework) Record to report compliance.

Business partnering and value management.

Partner GM for any gap closing activities and risk and opportunities management.

Provide insightful analytics for decision support and report requirement to the NFD on demand

Drive performance focus under pareto lenses to have impact on profit


Experiences & Qualifications

University degree

Minimum of 5 yearsâ experience in Finance Performance management

Professional accounting qualifications (CPA/ ACCA/ CIMA/ ICAN)

 Experience in working with SAP or similar accounting software.


Storytelling, data visualization and presentation skills

Strong excel and financial modelling skills.

Effective communication

Stakeholder management

Project management


You are an inclusive motivator of people. Your team deliver with real passion, growing and learning from each other whilst delivering quick wins.

You are still responsible for your own results and as a manager, you also need to motivate others to deliver with passion, creating an inclusive and engaging climate around you. You can balance challenge with support and coaching. You understand the wider business context and you are emotionally intelligent enough to motivate people to deliver what is needed.

Critical SOL (Standards of Leadership) Behaviors

PERSONAL MASTERY : Sets high standards for themselves. Has emotional intelligence to take feedback, manage mood and motivations, and build empathy for others.

PASSION FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE : Generates intensity and focus to motivate people to deliver results at speed. Takes personal responsibility and accountability for execution and results.

TALENT CATALYST: Invests in people â coaches individuals and teams to realize their full potential. Creates an inclusive climate, empowering everyone to be at their best.

PURPOSE & SERVICE: Has humility, understanding that leadership is service to others, inside and outside Unilever.

CONSUMER LOVE: Invests time inside and outside to understand the needs of consumers.

BUSINESS ACUMEN: Creates sustainable growth with purpose, engaging different partners across the system for change.

Unilever embraces diversity and encourages applicants from all walks of life! This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

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