Innovation & Finance Manager – Africa Innovation - Open to flexibility

London (Greater)
26 Sep 2016
24 Oct 2016
Contract Type

Innovation & Finance Manager – Africa Innovation - Open to flexibility

Innovation has been the single biggest growth driver for markets in Africa with growth outpacing all other regions 2-years running.  Looking forward, our pipeline is in good health with the majority of our launches counting towards our ambition to deliver a significant increase to NSV by the end of F20.  Yet we are far from satisfied.  It is a year where we need to take these significant F15 + F16 launches and turn them into multi-market successes, building on year 1 potential and launching the significant pipeline of innovation we have at our disposal. 

Top 3 Functional Accountabilities

1. Project Management
The role holder will be responsible for the delivery of the pan-Africa Whisky Innovation pipeline, within the Mainstream Spirits innovation platform. Key accountabilities enabling successful delivery include:

  • Development: Lead the development of Concepts, Design and Comms for both new launches as well as brand extensions. Complete this through the GATE process, influencing and inspiring the organisation behind your vision.
  • Project management:  leading the development of multi innovation projects at once, you will be an expert in project management and mastering a range of project management tools will deliver all projects on time and within budget. 
  • World-Class Execution Launches: Working in partnership with our Commercialisation Managers, set the execution standards for launches so that you & the markets deliver & execute full consumer & commercial launches flawlessly, to time and to budget. This will include new brand launches as well as rolling out proven brands into more market
  • Project Management: Manage multi-market project teams across multiple functions including Planning, Advertising, PR, Media, Innovation, Design Agency, Design, Global Supply, Technical Teams, Finance and Innovation Commercialisation
  • Influencing and Inspiring: Sitting in a regional function it is critical that you can effectively influence and inspire our markets to deliver the Ambition – meaning genuine relationships, tough conversations when needed and above all to be a master of inspiring the business
  • Performance management: Through a strong understanding of the business and relative commercial levers required to deliver the performance ambitions you will consistently measure and intervene to make sure all projects deliver to target

2. Driving Business Performance

  • Commercial Acumen: ability to drive value through commercial knowledge / insight and understanding of the impact of decisions on the business, particularly
  • Supports Decision Making: The ability to understand the value chain and make the right business decisions based on data and analysis


3. Financial Business Partnering

  • The ability to communicate with clarity and impact using multiple channels and to foster open communication. The ability to effectively manage the expectations of key stakeholders
  • The ability to support colleagues to ensure team success, build great relationships to deliver strong business results


Key Outcomes

  1. Successful delivery of Whisky Innovation Projects
  2. Accurate and Timely Performance Management
  3. Accurate Gate Paper Financials


Essential Qualifications / knowledge / experience required / languages

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree qualified
  • Minimum 4 years FMCG experience
  • Must have experience working across Africa region
  • Experience managing financial business cases for Innovation projects across Beer, RTD, Spirit and Non-alcohol beverage categories
  • Experience managing Whisky innovation projects across African markets
  • Experience managing cross-functional teams of over 15 people – including Supply, Marketing, Finance, Procurement and Consumer Planning functions
  • Experience engaging director-level stakeholders on Innovation projects
  • Experience managing finance reporting processes