Head of Finance

Job Description

At Beiersdorf, we want to help people feel good about their skin – and our commitment goes far beyond caring for skin. For 140 years, we have developed innovative skin and body care products for well-known brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, La Prairie, Hansaplast, and Labello. We act according to our purpose, WE CARE BEYOND SKIN, and take responsibility for our consumers, our employees, the environment and society.

Behind every brand, every product and every accomplishment are our more than 20,000 employees. It is for them that we live a culture of inclusion, respect and trust that is strongly aligned with our values CARE, COURAGE, SIMPLICITY and TRUST. We embrace diversity by valuing the uniqueness of each individual and being committed to equal opportunities for all.

Role purpose

Driving transparent financial management in all 2 affiliates of North Africa (NA) MU, ensuring adherence to IFRS, local GAAP compliance, and Beiersdorf internal controls.

Take full direct ownership of Commercial Finance & SOI management in the affiliate of Egypt and ensure timely consolidation of the 2 affiliates and review of overall North Africa MU SOI KPIs.

Member of the NA Leadership team, playing a key business partnering role to deliver the business strategy.

Commercial Controlling:

  • Leading all MU planning, forecasting, and reporting processes.
  • Providing guidance to the NA organization during the official forecast planning periods by setting up a timeline calendar and ensuring all activities are undertaken as per the timelines and with high quality.
  • Gathering, analyzing, and preparing relevant financial information as basis for planning, steering and decision-making, to improve efficiency and profitability of the MU.
  • Work with cross-functional team to deliver efficiency and cost optimization programs.
  • Work with commercial team to identify value chain optimization and Business Model efficiencies to deliver Gross Margin % development.
  • Ensure that the sales controlling teams are compliantly planning and tracking trade investments in the market.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Controlling COE and sales teams on ways to improve overall working capital as a measure of efficiency.

Financial Controlling & Accounting:

  • The NA Finance Head will work in close partnership with the financial controlling team to ensure that:
  • The GE numbers are as per plan and in line with the expected KPI.
  • The monthly closing numbers are in line with the plans and expected monthly closing KPIs.

Marketing Budget Controlling:

  • Marketing Budget Controlling is provided as a service by the COE Marketing controlling team of AME. The NA Finance Head will work in close partnership with the AME Marketing Controlling team to ensure that:
  • The marketing budget KPIs are as per the SOI KPIs and that the investments are done based on strategic priorities of NA.
  • NA Leadership team reviews the marketing budget investment KPIs by category regularly.


  • Play an active role as an Africa Middle East Finance Leadership member and build and sustain a strong, engaging, fit-for-purpose finance organisation – providing talent pipelines for Africa Middle East.

Personal Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Certified accountant with more than 10 years of experience in Finance in the FMCG industry (in a multinational environment), with the last 3 years in leadership roles.
  •  Strong commercial acumen, with proven experience in Commercial Finance roles (preferably in distributor management, brand marketing).
  •  Finance qualification with certified accountant qualifications (CPA / CMA / ACCA etc.).



FMCG & Retail




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