Controlling Lead, KSA - #29059


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Jeddah
Contract type: Full time
About the job

Danone MENA is looking for an experienced Controlling Lead for its Specialized Nutrition (SN) Business in KSA. This role is responsible for keeping SN Business under control, by establishing strong links with other functions (Supply chain, Sales, Medical & Marketing), building efficient ways of working, processes & tools, and supporting business development ambition (strategic support, business cases, etc.)

The candidate will carry the following responsibilities:

  • Key Accountabilities:
  • Fully responsible for KSA Specialized Nutrition P&L, ensuring reliable actuals and forecasts and providing monthly updates to the management team with all risks and opportunities.
  • Provide relevant insights, and trends but also look into the future to support senior management in making the right decision to drive sustainable, profitable growth across all categories.
  • Budget coordination & control of A&P, Trade Promo, and other Selling costs
  • Follow up on distributor collections and customers' accounts receivables in coordination with the Business services team.
  • Responsible for material cost and CO analysis by SKU
  • Manage PO approvals as well as Trade Promotion commitments.
  • Support in the development of Country budgets from Ex-factory volumes to ROP
  • Maintain a strong control environment and support year-end statutory audit, Danone internal audit requirements, and legal reports.
  • Propose new business processes and procedures to drive efficiency.
  • Distributor Management Support: Responsible for managing distributor relationships effectively to ensure smooth operations and be the main point of contact for all financial related topics such as receivables, payables and distribution agreement etc
  • Commercial Team Support and Saudi acceleration: Collaborate closely with the business and commercial team to accelerate market growth in Saudi Arabia. Providing financial insights, guidance on business trends, and identifying opportunities and risks will be crucial in achieving sustainable business growth.
  • Tender Management Expertise: Possess a deep understanding of the tender process in Saudi Arabia and manage tender activities effectively. Support the business leader and commercial team in tender quote submissions and ensure compliance with local regulations.
  • To play a key role in establishing the regional headquarters in Saudi by overseeing all financial matters related to the setup. This includes financial planning, budgeting, and ensuring compliance with local financial regulations.
  • Business Context & Key challenges:
  • Highly competitive but a big Saudi market.
  • Costly value chain, which requires constant value creation to drive topline and beat down costs, margins.
  • Meticulous and structured while dealing with the distributor.
  • Reliable and consistent Reporting of monthly GPS financials (dashboard, analysis), enabling Top management to take the right business decisions.
  • Support and reply to stakeholders on ad hoc basis.
  • Support Finance Director on specific requests for projects.
  • Identify, drive & track productivity/ value creation initiatives for the current projects.
  • Secure compliance to Internal control (Dango) within the scope.
  • Support ad hoc projects.
  • RHQ, Imports and exports duties, clearance costs etc.
  • Beyond Budget Rolling Forecast - increased complexity, reporting frequency & horizon.
  • More sophisticated tools & processes (Power BI, Themis SAP & Essbase) delivering stronger controls & efficiency however requiring stronger coordination, collaboration & anticipation.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
  • Delivering the country financial equation in line or above the annual operating plan.
  • Clear P&L every month showing the forecast, drivers, risks and opportunities quantified.
  • No unexpected over- or under-spend vs. budget; variances are aligned and approved by regional management.
  • Numbers (reporting, planning, forecasting) are submitted flawlessly and on time.
  • Internal control procedures are followed, and proper authorizations are done or is in place.
  • Job Dimensions:
  • Geographic scope of the job: KSA
  • Team management: Junior Business Controller
  • Functional management: None
  • Main internal relations: The role involves regular interaction between Country Director, Country Business Controllers in other clusters, BS team, but also x-functional relations to Marketing, Medical, Danone Business services, IT, and HR.
  • Main external relations: This role involves regular interactions with local suppliers, distributors.
About you

To be successful in the role you should ideally have:

Bachelor and Experience:

  • Education: University degree in Accounting/Finance
  • Experience: 8+ years relevant experience; at least 4 years in Business Control
  • English proficiency is a must.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good Microsoft Office skills, in particular Excel and PP
  • Good Knowledge of Power BI Stack
  • Affinity for IT; understanding of ERP systems (previous experience in Essbase preferred)

Soft Skills:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Fast execution, doer
  • Communication skills- open & effective
  • Highly energetic
  • Can do mentality - embrace changes.


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Languages required:

  • Fluent in English and Arabic.

Danone Values:
Candidates are expected to adhere to Danone's core values: Humanism, Openness, Proximity & Enthusiasm.


Candidate should preferably be open to moving within the region or outside the region with Danone in 3-4 years if such an opportunity will arise which will contribute to his/her career growth.

Danone is a world-leading food company operating in three business divisions: Fresh Dairy Products, Specialized Nutrition, and Waters.
Danone’s mission is Bringing 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 in impacting 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.

About us

We offer
Working in Danone MENA is one of the best places to build a strong career through everyday learning, empowerment, and team collaboration in an open culture & environment. Our culture fosters autonomy and empowerment, where your everyday can be a fresh adventure - full of new possibilities and opportunities for your development.

Danone MENA doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, where all hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, colour, religion, disability, sex, national origin, age, genetic characteristic, or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.

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