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Assistant Controller - Tea Division

Job ID: R-15140 Category: Finance Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ Date posted: 05/20/2021
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About the Tea Business 

Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.  

The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.

The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers. 

As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking an Assistant Controller to join us.  Ideal candidates will have a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and will have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company. 

Your role:

  • End to end responsibility of financial accounting, reporting and cash management in your country.

  • Utilizing understanding of end to end process and local book to maintain strong internal controls

  • Continuous support to build and grow the local business.

  • Ensure adherence to accounting and financial policies and procedures of TeaCo

  • Consolidation of the financial results

  • Responsible for engagement with the service providers for statutory accounting and tax

Your Key Tasks:

  • The individual has a natural bias for action and is willing to make a positive difference to achieve higher levels of performance.

  • Takes direct ownership of objectives with high levels of self-assurance to achieve goals.

  • Bringing powerful analysis to issues and rapidly absorbing new information and knowledge to apply new techniques, technology, and procedures.

  • Impactful and flexible in communicating and influencing the issues with the ability to work across matrices of functions. 

  • Able to build and maintain relationships across a network of cross functional partners

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:

  • Reports into TeaCo North America Controller

  • TeaCo Operating Centre (OC)

  • TeaCo Treasury, Tax, Insurance and Benefits

  • TeaCo financial leadership

  • Various external partners


  • Bachelor’s Degree; Masters degree or CPA preferred

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience

  • Excellent IFRS accounting/reporting skills accompanied by strong analytical skills

  • Strong understanding of global accounting policy manual and global controls framework

  • Strong fundamental business technical skills (including Excel and PowerPoint) and software applications (i.e., SAP S4Hana)

  • Strong financial and business acumen

  • A stint in corporate or external audit firm is an asset

Who we are looking for:

  • Strong technical individuals with accounting background

  • Able to communicate effectively with all levels of leadership

  • Ability to work with internal and remote teams; a strong team player

  • Ability to multi-task on overlapping key business issues

  • Energetic, highly motivated, with an enquiring mind and passion for excellence

  • Passion for process excellence and knowledge management


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Posters

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Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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