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SC Finance Lead, ekaterra, Alexandria (Short-term)

Job ID:
6th of October City, Giza Governorate
Date posted:

Job Title: Supply Chain Finance Lead, Finance, ekaterra Lipton Tea, Borg El Arab

Job Type: (Short-term Contract/Blossom project) - Immediate Hire

Work Location: Borg El Arab, Alexandria, Egypt

About ekaterra:
With an annual turnover of around €2bn, ekaterra is the world’s largest tea business, with world-class, purpose-driven brands such as Lipton, Pukka, Tazo, T2 and PG Tips. ‘eka’ is a word taken from the Sanskrit language which means unity and one purpose, while ‘terra’ represents the earth and nature. As ekaterra we are truly united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.

In July 2022, CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII took over the full ownership of the ekaterra business from its previous owner, Unilever. As a standalone entity with a dedicated single-category focus, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the tea industry, delivering higher growth and value, and a greater impact on the wider world. With 11 production factories in four continents and tea growing estates in three countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business whose brands reach hundreds of millions of consumers. It has a presence in over 100 countries.

Under the ownership of CVC, ekaterra has an exciting future ahead with opportunities for increased investments in our iconic brands, our people, and our capabilities. Combining the strength and scale of our brands with a focus on speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a corporate start-up mindset that’s opening-up new opportunities for its people to flourish every day.

At ekaterra, we put consumer love at the heart of every decision. We celebrate diverse thinkers who take personal ownership to connect ideas and make impactful things happen; people who share our values around humanity and courage and give their commitment to nurturing the wellbeing of all. In return, we offer a working culture that gives our people freedom and flexibility, and where they can grow both personally and professionally to master their field.

Be part of our amazing blend. Come and grow yourself and, in turn, help us to grow a world of wellbeing.

Your Role

Working under the direction of the Global SU Finance Manager, the SU Implementation Lead will be responsible for successful implementation of SAP S4H for the Sourcing Unit and the SU processes and controls in line with the end state controls and processes design.

This person will be the single point of contact for the SU working closely with the Sourcing unit controller, Global project team (Blossom), 3rd party implementation partner and the Ekaterra Global supply chain finance team to ensure a smooth implementation and transition to the new ERP and processes and controls framework for the sourcing unit.

Your Key Tasks:

  • Assess current finance processes and controls and manage transition to new end state finance processes and controls for the sourcing unit.

  • Working closely with internal and external finance and technical teams and evaluate how system changes will affect processes, controls, master data, and reporting.

  • Recommend changes based on their evaluations and input.

  • Ensure that workflows are in line with the global end state design for the sourcing unit.

  • Working with the ERP implementation partner identify key group of core users who will perform UAT testing in line with requirements.

  • Co-ordinate training requirements for ERP users on site ensuring delivery in line with Blossom team plans.

  • Working with the SU controller on the cutover process ensuring all cutover activities assigned to the SU controller are being carried out/completed and transitioned on his/her behalf on time in full. 

  • Track project requirements and delivery against milestones with the implementation teams identifying and co-ordinating resolution of any constraints or issues.

  • Working with SU controller to implement all reporting requirements from new ERP or other tools as required. 

  • Collecting the master data and transactional data required in S/4 HANA sytem for factories.  

  • Communicating local requirements to Blossom team and track them until completion.  

  • Co-ordinating the go live and hypercare plans and supporint first MECs in SUs.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in finance ERP implementation roles within manufacturing environments.

  • Relevant Finance IT project experiences with involvement in SAP implementation

  • Project Management experience with SAP implementation knowledge preferred

  • >3 years in SC and factory finance roles highly valued

  • Worked in FMCG, Multi-national companies

  • Professional qualifications CIMA/ACCA etc

  • Demonstrated excellent, in-depth, and hands-on knowledge of financial landscape and  processes Preferably with an understanding of the complexities of multi-currency, multi-site, and multi-organizational implementations.

  • Strong competency in Microsoft Office package

  • Good supervisory skills and communication skills

  • Good interpersonal communication and relationship building skills

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

  • Attention to detail and a proactive, problem-solving approach is required

  • Fluency in English and effective communication skills are required

Who we are looking for

  • A big-picture thinker, confident in taking strategic decisions that will impact culture, policy and ways of working

  • To be agile and drive simple process design and continuous improvement

  • Driven by innovation and strong change affinity  

  • Have strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills with diverse, multi-functional stakeholders  

  • Independent, self-starter, ability to discover opportunities and grow the business

  • Must be passionate about Tea

  • A passionate Networker and a natural relationship builder

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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