||Regional Finance Director, Latin America
||Excellent Compensation - Full Benefits
||Fluent English/Spanish - Portuguese a plus!
The Regional Finance Director Finance-Latin America will report
directly to the Regional SVP-Latin America with a dotted line
reporting to Area SVP, Finance-Developing Markets. He/she will direct
all corporate financial functions so that financial transactions,
policies and procedures meet organization's business objectives,
internal standards and are conducted in accordance with applicable
regulations, accounting principles and standards. The regional Finance
team (e Controller/ Financial Analyst/Supply Controller) as well as
teams led by Country Finance Director(s) in Mexico, Central America,
Andean Pact, Brazil and Argentina/Chile cluster will report to the
Some of the key focus areas are expected to be:
- Position the Finance Function as a key business partner:
The Client Company is a fleet-footed and financially savvy company.
role demands ability to balance technical risk against commercial
advantage, a high degree of business acumen and ability to advise and
influence management appropriately. The Regional Finance Director is
of the most important partners and thought leaders in the company's
growth ambitions and is expected to contribute very significantly to
same. He/she would need to understand The Company's global and Latam
product portfolio, management strategy, customer behaviour and business
dynamics to bring about a rapid and quantifiable impact. In other words
driving financial leadership by way of sustainable growth, challenging
commercial and manufacturing teams, managing corporate costs and P&L-
drivers, reviewing actual achievements against annual forecasts and
flagging key issues to promote accountability would be the incumbent's
responsibility. Early warning signals would need to be tracked for
changes in business conditions e.g. price levels, "what if's", value-
volume product mix, commercial and tax matters, promotional activities
- Developing a long-term strategic direction for The Client
The Finance Director will need to develop and further refine the vision
and strategy that incorporates business issues that impact the Company
as well as the go-to-market strategy and construct of the value chain.
He/she would need to drive the preparation of medium term and long term
business plans based on corporate goals, growth objectives and
plans. He/she must consider him/herself to be a critical contributor in
the development and execution of the business strategy for Latin
America. This would require him/her to provide analytical frameworks,
scenarios and options in terms of "what if" scenarios and alternative
models. He/she would also need to work closely with the senior
management team on evaluating strategic opportunities and alternatives.
- Provide effective financial management of the business:
Accounting, planning, budgeting and financial reporting polices,
procedures and systems must satisfy the needs of the company across the
region. The Finance Director would need to ensure that the company
complies with the legal legislation including regulatory norms. The
incumbent would need to sustainably hook internal controls and other
processes and systems into the business. Thereafter, constantly review
and upgrade the same for improved productivity. He / she must ensure
compliance with the highest standards of financial propriety and
discipline at all times and would be responsible for producing accurate
and legally complaint financial statements on time. The incumbent would
also need to establish financial practices and policies in line with
company's global goals, objective and requirements and governance
- Provide leadership and vision:
The Client Company has a team of young but competent professionals in
its Finance team. The incumbent would need to act as a coach and mentor
to his/her team. The incumbent will be responsible for attracting and
building his/her team of professionals and providing the necessary
motivation and leadership to create a work environment that fosters
- Manage and Maintain Relationships in a Large Organization:
The incumbent should be able to manage and organize multiple cross-
border relationships in the organisation with efficiency and energy.
He/she should be able to deal with organisational complexity that is
inherent in an international company of the scale and size of the
- The ideal candidate would be a qualified Chartered Accountant
CPA with credible experience of heading / managing the finance function
in Latin America. MNC experience is required, FMCG (Fast Moving
Goods) is strongly preferred.
- The individual in this role would need to possess a high degree
of executive maturity given that he / she would be at the helm of
influencing major (business and financial) decisions within a fast
growing and sizeable business in Latin America. It is important that
individual in this role have displayed a mix of strategic and
skills as well as management of people, with a high commitment to
delivery and deadlines. Given the importance of the Finance function in
the organisation, the individual will be managing more than one
at a time, making it important that he / she be able to manage multiple
projects. As a thought leader, the Finance Director-Latin America will
closely partner the SVP, Regional Director, hence it is important that
he / she possess the necessary functional knowledge and business
understanding to drive the agenda. It is equally important that the
individual have a strong presence and the maturity to withstand the
demands and pressures that come with this role effectively influencing
key decisions in the interest of the business.
- Experience in financial management, having lead large scales
initiatives in complex, continuously challenged business environments,
handling a mix of field level and corporate assignments; working with
cross-functional teams and leading initiatives in improving
organisational performance would be deeply desired competencies.
- The candidate should have an eye for detail and an analytical
approach to work. He / she should have basic knowledge of standard
legal clauses of agreements and a high degree of comfort in interacting
with accounting, tax and audit firms. In addition he / she must be
to closely interact with colleagues of varied backgrounds and bring
outstanding interpersonal skills to the table. The Client Company is
a hierarchy driven company, hence the incumbent should have the stature
and credibility to earn respect from his peers and subordinates.
- The professional development of individuals within the Company
is clearly linked to skills, experience and achievements. Over a period
of time, career paths can typically cover other countries,
assignments with increased levels of responsibility.
- The candidate must be fully bilingual English/Spanish. Knowledge
of Portuguese is highly desirable.
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