Manager, Business Planning & Analysis

Stamford, CT, United States
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

As the nation's leading bottled water company, Nestlé Waters North America is dedicated to providing customers with healthy hydration options. Alongside that, we're also committed to developing our people - enabling them to make the most of the many elements that help them to succeed.

Nestlé Waters consists of four business units: Corporate, Retail, Supply Chain and ReadyRefresh by Nestlé. Whichever one of these areas you choose to join, you'll find yourself collaborating with a highly talented team on work that's challenging, engaging and incredibly rewarding. You'll be an essential element of our success: trusted, empowered and supported to make a lasting impact on the very future of our business. It's a chance to use your knowledge, skills and experience to shine brightly and achieve your ambitions - all while delivering healthy hydration to millions of customers.

When it comes to leading the industry with the highest standards in quality, Nestlé Waters Corporate is a vital element of our success. As part of the Corporate team, this is something you'll play a leading role in. Whether you're based in finance or Human Resources, Legal, Communications or IT, you'll be a force for good - someone who is trusted, empowered and supported to make a genuine, lasting impression on our organization. You'll grow and develop as we do, sharing in the success your accomplishments bring. And, as you achieve great things and thrive within our Corporate team, you can be certain your contributions have a wide-reaching impact - on the lives of customers and colleagues alike. Simply put, it's an opportunity to collaborate with some of the best talent in the industry on work that's challenging, engaging, meaningful and never anything less than rewarding.

We are currently seeking a Manager,Business Planning & Analysis - NWNA Planning/Forecasting Team (Corporate Analysis/Reporting) for our corporate headquarters located in our Stamford, CT. This opportunity provides financial leadership within the Finance Organization by partnering with Field Finance, Accounting and Divisional CFOs.

Key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
1. Key support to Senior Manager and Business Planning director on all Business Health Review, Presentations, P&L Modeling and ad-hoc projects.

2. Participates in the compilation of all Financial Forecasts, including:
• Annual Plan/Budget, quarterly Plan updates (Bottoms up Forecasts) and monthly Plan updates (High Level Forecast and MBS/GBS (Market and Global Business Strategy, our 3 and 10 year Strategic Plan process) for entire P&L across four divisions:
   o Support detailed level plan and forecasts and associated analytics
   o Reconciliation & analysis of forecasts to actual and prior forecast / plan
   o Review and align actual and forecast data to Essbase Financial Planning System
   o Consolidate divisional R&O's to complete NWNA view

3. Provides guidance/support to Finance partners regarding overall NWNA performance:
• Support financial decision and insight around key metrics and P&L review
• Deliver quality reporting and Business Health Reviews on a monthly basis
• Promotes financial awareness & understanding across Finance
• Provides effectiveness analytics and timely reporting

4. Internal Customers:
• Support NWNA CFO with overall understanding of performance including business drivers
• Support NWNA CFO and Executive Team with the execution of presentations
• Works with Field Finance, Financial Services (accounting), and Division CFOs to complete plans, provide decision support, analyze variances, and/or better ensure financial statement integrity/accuracy
• Support financial decision and insight around key metrics and P&L review
• Deliver quality reporting and Business Health Reviews on a monthly basis
• Promotes financial awareness & understanding across Finance
• Provides effectiveness analytics and timely reporting

5. P&L Accountability:
• Analyze/review all P&L line items from an overall NWNA perspective to understand and communicate business performance and drivers to influence ongoing forecasting process.
• Volume and Sales analysis including RIG/OG, reporting, and analysis.
• Partner with Field division team on monthly topline forecast process.
• Work with Field Finance process on the consolidated Marketing budgeting process, understanding and reconciling components, and how it is loaded to our financial essbase systems

6. Reporting:
• Supports monthly reporting package(s) to include all Business Health Reviews for NWNA and divisions
• Supports key analytics for business partners
• Cause of Change analysis
• Roll forward analysis (Plan to Actual, Forecast to Actual, Forecast to Forecast, etc)
• Lead monthly reporting package(s) to include all Business Health Reviews for NWNA
• Supports key analytics for business partners, including all benchmarking and performance summaries
• Work on external communications to parent company including prepartion of the monthly Management Letter
• Benchmarking our brands, packages, etc, internally to understand business drivers, opportunities and positioning, as well as external benchmarking against relevant competitive sets.

7. Other:
• Ad- Hoc requests
• Participate in special projects
• Lead and manage presentation work
• Work on potential M&A propositions

Key qualifications for this position include, but are not limited to:
• Undergraduate or graduate degree in Accounting or Finance
• 8 - 15 years of responsibility in Finance/Accounting with at least 5 years of combined Financial Planning / Decision Support experience in a CPG Company
• Strong understanding of forecasting and planning in a consumer and customer-oriented environment
• Hands-on approach to business; not reluctant to “roll-up their sleeves” and get involved in all aspects of the business, including, but not limited to presentation work, MOGE budgeting and analysis, etc.
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills
• Strengths around: leadership, management, team building, problem solving, communication (verbal and written), outside the box thinker, adaptability, able to quickly and effectively work under pressure and communicate to senior leadership
• Strong systems skills, specifically Excel (advanced system and modeling skills), Word, PowerPoint and highly preferred experience with Essbase and SAP
• Preferred experience in Corporate Planning and Analysis to include forecasting and planning, and strategy experience/modeling experience

We offer competitive pay based on education, experience, and other qualifications. We offer comprehensive benefits including medical, prescription, dental, vision, flex, life, disability, EAP, 401(k) with match, profit sharing, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, and more.

Nestlé Waters North America is the nation's leading bottled water company. Our water brands include Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Ozarka, Deer Park, Zephyrhills and Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, S. Pellegrino, Perrier and Acqua Panna. Our tea brands are Nestea, Tradewinds and Sweet Leaf. We're passionate about creating shared value for society in all kinds of ways: from providing careers and benefits to communities where we operate to environmental stewardship - most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling in America. As a valuable part of our team, you'll receive a competitive total rewards package - something that will provide you with the support you need to thrive both inside and outside of work. It's not just the work that you'll find fulfilling here though. As you build a career with us, you'll receive exactly the kind of benefits you'd expect from a leading name in healthy hydration. The only question is, what elements will help you succeed at Nestlé Waters?