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Finance Business Partner – Sunsilk

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Finance Business Partner – Sunsilk

Location: London

Purpose of the Role

Unilever’s Personal Care business now delivers more than €20bn Turnover.  It is the third biggest Personal Care business in the world and has consistently delivered competitive growth.

Our ambition is to be the world’s leading Personal Care business, helping people to look good, feel good and get more out of life; doubling the business while reducing our environmental impact and crafting the industry’s most desirable brands.  We will do this through development of a business model that allows us to build stronger brands, improving our gross margins in order to increase investment. 

The role of the  Finance Business Partner is to develop and drive the financial strategy & business performance of certain brands and lead cross category projects.  The finance business partner may attend Brand Leadership Teams or other Leadership Teams and will focus on the finance aspects of those agendas.

This will include providing Finance Business Partnering leadership in the following areas:

  • Commercially shape the medium to long term direction of their respective brands or pillars.

  • Dynamic resource allocation to meet Category growth priorities.

  • Business case development and benefit realisation for project investments.

  • Strategically influence senior stakeholders

The role will business partner at least 1 Global Brand and extended teams across clusters.  It will be an “agile” member of the relevant brand Community (attending when relevant) and at times may have to stretch across to other brands and cluster projects within the small c or PC.  As the creation of the Finance Excellence Team comes to term, this role will also work hand in hand with the FET and will play an instrumental role in leading for the success of the FET ways of working and aligning business partnering. 

Key Interactions

  • Business partners

    • Brand Community

    • GBVP, and the direct team of Brand Directors & Managers

    • Other functions in the Core Global brand team (CMI, Supply chain, R&D)

  • Finance business partners

    • Finance Managers and Analysts within small c and PC

    • FET team (Category, Local and Supply chain Finance)

    • Local Finance Managers in key countries

Key Accountabilities

Strategic Planning

  • Partner the GBVP on the strategic planning process

  • Partner with Brand Directors in business modelling, P&L forecasts, competitor benchmarking, shadow P&Ls

  • Identify value opportunities that require a particular intervention / project support from Finance Business Partner resources and allocate resources as appropriate. Likely to include GM, Pricing, ROMI, market development.

  • Review impacts of performance interventions

  • Partner with Categories to complete active portfolio reviews

  • Identify major risks and opportunities


  • Development & leadership of business cases for global innovations, in collaboration with the FET, global brand teams, the regional counterparts as well as the R&D and CMI communities

  • Drive post-launch interventions

  • Drive Margin Accretive Innovation as part of category innovation process and may also lead for the 5S programme

  • Support the FET to influence at the key decision gates of innovation business cases and lead for global innovation business cases 


  • Drive better decision making around resource allocation and budget setting. Support on prioritisation and activation of a ZBB (Zero Based Budgeting) mind-set within the Category and Brand. Driving accountability within the teams and the right service level support from the FET.

Cross Category

  • Lead various cross-category projects across Deos and PC, or across other Big Cs (Home Care / Foods & Refreshment) aimed at stepping up finance capabilities, such as Sustainability Finance, Digital ROMI, etc.

Team leadership

  • Lead team of 1 or more  WL1s and support the setting of the PC Finance Analyst workplan  and fully utilise the Category FET as it is set up and take responsibility for resource allocation of business partners within the team.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Communicating and influencing

  • Commercial acumen

  • Critical Thinking

  • Growth mindset and Bias for action

  • Accountability and responsibility

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other key stakeholders

  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills 

  • Strong team leadership skills

Experience Required

  • Professional finance qualification equivalent to CA, CIMA, ACCA.

  • Experience in financial, operational and business partnering roles preferably within BB, SC or CD.

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills with ability to respond under pressure.

  • Experience in driving P&L performance improvements (e.g. closing gaps vs. target) and holding others accountable (particularly peers and senior leadership)

  •  Experience in managing a large and complex set of stakeholders 

  • Experience of working with and influencing senior leaders within the organisation

  • Experience in presenting to and communicating with senior Finance and non-Finance stakeholders 

  • Demonstrated competency at growing and developing people / teams 

  • Experience of working in multi-national teams and/or a virtual team environment would be an advantage.

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