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Forecasting & Actuals Reporting Accountant

Main job purpose

Own and continuously improve the end-to-end S&OP forecasting process, annual Planning process &  MCO targets vs actual performance Timely and accurate management reporting of business performance to Unilever Head office and to the local management within the East Africa Cluster. Drive information simplification and value, govern and control information management and usage.

Key interactions

Head of FET Team FET: Performance Management Lead/ Decision support Leads Supply Chain Finance Team/ SC Planning Teams Country Finance Business Partners CCBT Leads/Brand Managers

Key Accountabilities

S&OP Forecasting

Prepare the total East Africa MCO forecast & individual category forecasts (assumptions, risks, opportunities, cash up) on a monthly/quarterly basis, prepare supporting analysis and participate in the review of these forecasts with the relevant Category Leads, their Finance Decision Support partners and with the Country Leadership Teams. Provide challenge to the S&OP process driving towards a high degree of alignment between volume and value and supporting the business with the identification of risks and opportunities. Owners of Smart-view Cash up tool responsible for coordinating forecast inputs into the tool and consolidating the full P&L view ahead of monthly Category and Country Leadership review meetings. Communicate and manage monthly MCO targets at total business and category levels. Act as the Finance champion of forecast bias and accuracy & VVD and drive action plans to improve the KPI’s Engagement with Africa Cluster Information and Analytics team on MCO Performance, Annual Operating Plan, and financial forecast submissions. Act as the Finance champion in the MCO Annual Operating Plan process. Build and actively use a network of finance peers across Unilever globally to both share and adopt good practices in Planning & Forecasting. Drive improvement in the forecast process of the business.

Reporting Accountant

Support the business in generating its own insights and support the local market with management reporting requirements for Cluster / Global Power BI – Develop and maintain Power BI dashboards that cater for the majority of information needs from all stakeholders Ensure OTIF compliance to Global and Africa Reporting submission timelines and quality standards. Ensure data accuracy for reporting and updated hierarchies by maintaining master data and coordinating data cleansing where required (review and sign-off of cost centres, hierarchies, price position etc.) Preparing and submitting all Management reports (FIPA, V200, V220 & flash results) through effective partnering with GCOPA Act as the first point of contact in the MCO for Information & Reporting capabilities Administering One View SharePoint; driving OTIF publication and Usage KPIs; training both users and publishers

Knowledge & Skill

Exceptional ability to manage workload and identify priority tasks to meet tight deadlines Strong analytical skills, Excel modelling skills and attention to detail along with a highly developed commercial awareness. Strong engagement, presentation, and communication skills. Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems that support the S&OP process (e.g., SAP, BW, Power BI, SmartView cash up tool) Ability to work collaboratively with other key stakeholders, build good relationships and challenge constructively and confidently. Self-driven and tech-savvy Interest in data and financial analysis with high standards of accuracy and willing to go the extra mile. Business Acumen.

Experience required


A University degree preferably in a business-related field CPA, CIMA, or related qualification added advantage. At least 2+ years of experience within a commercial Finance or reporting function in a busy FMCG environment. Knowledge of Key Finance processes (e.g., annual operating plan, record to report, etc.) Experience in budgeting, forecasting, and evaluating business performance. Good understanding of ERP accounting systems (SAP, BW, SmartView GCUT knowledge added advantage). Experiencing in handling month-end process.

Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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