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Financial Control Change Programmes & Risk Manager

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Job Title: Financial Control Change Programmes & Risk Manager

Location: London


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace”

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In September 2020, Unilever announced the intention to build a new sustainable campus site in Kingston, London to house the employees who currently work in 100 Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars, Lever House in Kingston, Unilever House in Leatherhead and Graze in Richmond. We are creating our own Unilever sustainable, agile work environment, purposefully bringing us together in our own Unilever ecosystem. The campus is due to be completed in December 2023 and will consist of two interconnected buildings, as well as landscaped surrounding areas.


The Group Chief Accountant’s Department (GCAD) is responsible for Unilever’s external financial reporting and global financial controls, managing the global audit relationship with our external audit partner; determining and implementing Unilever’s accounting policies; and many other projects related to how Unilever measures its performance and presents and communicates this to the external world.

Risk Management

We run an annual risk assessment to determine Unilever’s risk framework, which consists of a set of higher-level risks articulated in our ARA (Annual Report & Accounts) and a more detailed set of risks articulated internally.

Change Programmes

GCAD will be managing a significant change agenda over the next 18-24 months due to, for example digitisation of processes, portfolio transformation, new business models and the upcoming audit tender process. The purpose of the role is to manage specific projects within this change agenda. One such project is the audit tender. As per UK legislation we need to run a tender process to appoint or reappoint a global external auditor from 2024, for which we are starting to plan for. Another such project is digitisation of our ARA. We are assessing options to implement a workflow tool to process the ARA and also to publish a more digitised and multi-stakeholder friendly ARA.

The Financial Control Change Programmes & Risk Manager will report to the VP Financial Control – Change Programmes.


Risk Management

  • Manage the annual risk assessment process. This includes internal and external research, supporting the VP Financial Control – Change Programmes in making a proposal for the risk framework and preparing materials for ULE and the Audit Committee/Board.

  • Lead the process for ensuring that risks and associated controls are documented and that action plans are in place to mitigate the risks. This involves liaising with senior cross-functional stakeholders.

  • Training and communication for risk management, including implementing a process to communicate the risk management framework and associated controls and actions to the global controllers’ network

Change Programmes

  • Project manage the audit tender process including the preparation process and tender process itself. This will involve managing external PMO support and liaising with multiple stakeholders including GCAD colleagues, Procurement and Legal. Prepare materials for updates to the audit tender steerco and the Audit Committee.

  • Project manage the multi-stakeholder ARA digitisation project.

  • Support the implementation of the ARA workflow.

  • Manage the agenda for the global controllers’ network.

  • Ad-hoc financial analysis. Recent examples include analysis for the quarterly results call to the CFO and Finance Leadership Executive, and analysis for the Chairman.


  • Qualified accountant

  • Excellent engagement and communication skills

  • Ability to deliver to deadlines

  • Strong project management

  • Interest and ability to taking on the challenge to manage a very broad agenda – from high level cross-functional risk management to detailed financial accounting aspects of an audit tender

  • Ability to liaise with very wide variety of stakeholders – e.g. senior stakeholders, various functions, external


Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

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How is Unilever tackling this?

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