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R&D Business Controller

21/06/2018 Utrecht, Utrecht, NL

This role in our international R&D center is perfect for a Financial with about 8 years of experience looking for their second or third job. This position will bring you insights into the financial mechanisms of our global company and good future job opportunities within Danone!

Organizational Context

The role of Finance has evolved over the last years. The accounting responsibilities are managed by the CBS in Zoetermeer with the Controlling responsibilities remaining in Utrecht. Our sister site Danone Research in Palaiseau is the global hub for Dairy and Water R&I. R&D Finance for the 4 divisions fall under the responsibility of the Global R&I Finance Director and in this context, Nutricia Research is looking for a Business Controller Early Life Nutrition.

About the job

In this challenging role, you will manage 2 junior controllers and an intern, drive R&D investments for both the R&D Site/headquarters and local R&D centers, in order to optimize investments and generate maximum return. You will act as a key business partner for the R&D teams globally, to ensure reliable forecasting, cost control and governance and support Global transversal R&D Finance Projects.  You will prepare and present the annual budget with the R&D Leadership teams.

As our business controller, you will effectively manage the rolling forecasting process of the Global R&D center and local R&D units. You will monitor, analyze and communicate the monthly results, which lead to the identification of Risks and Opportunities and influence actions to address. This requires you to act as a business partner towards the budget managers and build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders to perform portfolio analysis; ensuring a  balanced pipeline strategy (short, mid and long-term) and diversification

Furthermore, you will contribute to the “dare for excellence” transversal projects:

  • Support the implementation of our R&D Portfolio management tool (UDRIVE) for optimum prioritization/resource allocation in order to support decision-making process
  • Support in building project costing throughout the R&D organization, across 4 worldwide business units

About you

To be successful in this challenging position, you bring a Masters’ degree in Finance and a Background in Controlling and Accounting with about 6 to 9 years’ of experience. You have the ability to challenge situations, understand stakes and complexity, act with resilience in uncertain environment and stakeholders, and are agile in a dynamic environment

Furthermore, you

  • Are autonomous but with great team spirit, well organized, able to prioritize
  • Have strong motivation for continuous improvement
  • Bring synthetic and analytical skills
  • Are reliable and pay attention to the quality of information provided
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have a good knowledge of IT tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Essbase, SAP)

What’s in it for you?

At Danone we offer a complete package with a competitive primary salary, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products. But more importantly – many opportunities for next steps within the team or a next move within our big Finance community within the different Danone businesses.

What’s next?

Hit the “apply now” button! (please do not apply by email). Need more information? Please contact Paul Binnekade.

About us

At Danone, we are dedicated to achieving health through food. And not only that; we want our mission to benefit people of every age, in every social and cultural environment and in every part of the world - as many people as possible.

The Research and Innovation Centre in Utrecht is the global hub for Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition. Our 500 employees who work at this location represent both science and technology expertise. We offer state of the art facilities, such as a pilot plant for small scale production and sensory labs where consumer testing takes place.

Paul Binnekade
Corporate Recruiter paul.binnekade@external.danone.com +31 (0) 6 154 947 18
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