Kao is one of the leading players in the Salon business with well known brands such as Goldwell and KMS and the recently acquired Oribe. The UK is the second biggest Salon business for Kao in EMEA and has been performing very well under new leadership since a few years. There are significant opportunities to continue to accelerate the business performance of the Salon business in UK. At the same time the FP&A function for Kao in EMEA is undergoing transformation in terms of improving its effectiveness of service to the business.
We are therefore looking for a Senior Finance Analyst for our Salon Division in the UK to support the achievement of the business plans as well as support functional transformation agenda. The position will report into the Director, Management Accounting Salon Global & EMEA and the post holder will be a key business partner to the General Manager. The position holder will be responsible for the FP&A and Management Accounting activities of the Salon business in UK. They will have contact with various parts of the local and European organisations and providing advice to budget holders on all aspects of budget control. In order to succeed in this exciting and challenging role they will need to go far beyond controlling the numbers to actually digging into the reasons and drivers behind the numbers. In essence using the rearview mirror to learn the right next steps going forwards. They will need to provide convincing analysis to help manage towards the committed business profitability targets as well as focus on continuously improving the controlling tools in place to monitor outcomes.
The role is expected to build the appropriate ways of engagement with the FSSC (Financial Shared Service Centre) and Internal Controls (both based in The Netherlands) as well as of course build the right bridges with the local Salon teams.
Exposure to drilling into underlying ERP systems and transactions (ideally SAP)
The ability to distil complex problems with large amounts of data into simple arguments
Planning and priority / time management and organisation skills, as well as having structured and critical thinking skills
Working affinity with end to end processes and risk and control frameworks.
Willingness and aptitude to challenge constructively
High levels of demonstrated business curiosity
Willingness to learn from own efforts and from those of others
Navigate, support and manage change both functional, team and business wide