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Finance Controller

  • New Zealand
  • Hybrid
  • Permanent Full-Time
  • Posted: 7 Jul 2024
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Finance Controller

About the job

Are you an accounts enthusiast who enjoys Materials Cost Controlling? We have a fantastic new opportunity for a Finance (Materials & Innovation) Controller with our Finance team based in Auckland.

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, you will be responsible for forecasting, analysis, and reporting for the full material cost equation for New Zealand operations including material purchase price variance analysis and maintaining system standard cost price. You will also support the Research & Innovation team with financial reporting, cost control and forecasting, project trial cost analysis, and productivity/Innovation costing validation.

You will:

  • Analyse and forecast Purchase Price Variance (PPV) and investigate the variance between actual and target.
  • Responsible for calculating and uploading all material standard prices including raw material, packaging material, semi-finish goods, and finished goods for complete NZ operations.
  • Manage standard costs for all new and existing raw/packaging materials, bill of material, and raw milk and milk fat sales prices- in the system.
  • Responsible for closing production orders on day+1 to ensure the system generates correct recovery every month.
  • Manage financial month-end deliverables for NZ operations.
  • Prepare monthly Rolling Forecast and yearly Budget for R&I, PPV, and inventory revaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with Supply Chain, Procurement, Product and Research and Innovation functions for smooth operations.

About you

You are an energetic, confident, and experienced accountant with a proven track record as a Controller in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. Your prior experience in stakeholder engagement, strong influencing skills, collaborative working style, and efficient verbal and written communication, will see you succeed in the role. Above all, you enjoy taking ownership & responsibility and know how to act with speed, agility & pragmatism.

To be successful you will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification in accounting/Finance/Commerce or related field. 
  • Prior experience as a Controller within FMCG is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with both Finance and Operational stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of SAP and advanced Excel skills is advantageous.
  • Sound analytical and reporting skills with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent organization skills with an ability to work with shifting priorities. 
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About Danone

Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible and we want to invite people to join the movement for a healthier world. We recognize the power people have to impact the world through their daily choices. Each time we eat and drink, we vote for the world we want to live in. We believe a healthy body needs healthy food. And healthy food needs a healthy planet, and this is what our new signature One Planet One Health embodies.


Danone Nutricia Specialised Nutrition produces specialty foods for infants and young children, and our mission “We make every day count for you and your baby” gives meaning to everything we do. We operate out of 3 sites in New Zealand in Auckland and Balclutha, where our teams undertake the manufacturing, distribution, and development of our infant milk and toddler supplements with market-leading brands.


  • Thank Danone it’s Friday! 3 pm finishes every Friday
  • The opportunity to make this new role your own, with broad exposure across different areas of business
  • A large canvas to learn and grow in the role
  • Possibilities to develop and accelerate your career
  • A chance to make a difference in our society through Specialised Nutrition
  • A dynamic manager and a high-performing team where you are both challenged and supported
  • Flexible working options

We support our employees to take ownership of developing their career within Danone and encourage moves across (as well as within) our varying functions and businesses both within New Zealand and globally. We are passionate about developing and growing our team of leaders, and that could soon include you!


If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you to make this role your own, please hit the APPLY button before 24th July!




Job details

Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, we are a leading global food & beverage company built on four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. 

Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter
  • Interview #1
  • Interview #2
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