Finance Business Partner - Procurement & CRES , Open to flexible working

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
13 Oct 2020
13 Nov 2020

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company, a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of our industry. Arthur Guinness, Alexander Walker and all those many talented people that followed in their footsteps, cared deeply about the people and businesses they fostered, and the communities in which they operated. Today we stand on the shoulders of these giants and act with the same entrepreneurial spirit.

We are a company born of an incredible entrepreneurial legacy. The success of Guinness®, Smirnoff®, Johnnie Walker®, Tanqueray® and many more brands led to the formation of our company in 1997. And we only thrive today because of the talent of our people to grow our brands, old and new, and keep them strong.

Our purpose, celebrating life, every day, everywhere means that our brands are part of celebrations big and small. We believe that living our purpose in full is to make the most of life - to be the best you can be at work, at home, with friends, in the community.  Diageo's culture is built and maintained by the five values that underpin its business and guide how Diageo works. At Diageo, employees are passionate about its customers and consumers and want to be the best. They give each other the freedom to succeed and value each other. Employees work hard so they can be proud of what they do and how they do it. While Diageo moves at pace, constantly evolving and improving, its values remain consistent and our performance ambition clearly articulates our commitment to do business in the right way, from grain to glass.  

Working with countries in 28 of our markets across the Globe, the Global Supply Procurement and Corporate Real Estate (CRES) Finance Business Partner is a key member of the team focusing on value-add activities, strategic initiatives and building capability in financial understanding.  

Dimensions of the role – This role is part of the Diageo Supply Chain and Procurement Organisation, specifically part of the Global Procurement Finance team.  It will strategically support the procurement of non-direct materials within COGS (Logistics and Manufacturing Services) and Corporate Real Estate projects.

a) Financial

  • Supply Procurement Annual cost base of £3.7bn across P&L and Balance Sheet - £1bn of which relates to non-direct materials within COGS (Logistics and Manufacturing Services). CRES annual Capex budget c. £100m

 b) Complexity

  • Working with 100 countries across 28 markets on projects in relation to non-direct materials within COGS (Logistics and Manufacturing Services) and CRES projects aligned to the business strategy. This role requires multi-cultural and time zone awareness.

Purpose of Role

Reporting to the Senior Finance Business Partner for Global Procurement, this role provides Finance Business Partner support Global Supply Procurement and Corporate relations teams, owning and driving exemplary performance through:

  • Maintaining rigorous financial & strategic support to drive value
  • Ensuring a robust control framework is embedded and active
  • Embedding simplified and standardised processes
  • The role will be judged on the ability to deliver strongly the following top accountabilities.  Judgement and flexibility to balance providing excellent business partnering with the need to support the Finance and Procurement agenda is key.

Top accountabilities

  • Support the delivery of strategic initiatives through exemplary business partnering
  • Working closely with Regional CoE Finance leads to understand performance, opportunities and risk and to provide regular insights maintaining tight control of financial performance relative to the annual plan.
  • Lead Procurement wide projects, supporting the transformation agenda. 
  • Champion a robust control environment ensuring compliance with CARM and the embedding of Self-Assessment. Constantly strive to improve accounting & control processes and champion the code of Business Conduct.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Qualified Accountant with at least 5 + years PQE
  • Experience working in an FMCG environment
  • Commercial acumen and judgment; a good understanding of the business environment to leverage the ability to challenge, influence strategies and guide decisions to optimise value
  • Self-motivated and resilient, able to proactively identify issues and drive delivery of solutions
  • Strong personal impact, deliver great performance, challenging and holding the teams to account
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, able to distil and communicate complex information.
  • Multi-cultural awareness