Financial Analyst - Controller

Our Client is a producer of sweets and licorice brands. In the east of the Province of Antwerp, some 120 enthusiastic employees work in various departments and some 14 million kilos of candy are produced and packaged annually. Work is carried out in accordance with four core values: Focus, Passion, Teamplay and Pride.

For the Supply Chain Controlling department they are currently looking for a Financial Analyst.


You are responsible for providing advice and support to the management of the production site with regard to the realization of the set targets.

You do this by making analyses, preparing management reports, optimizing processes and making proposals to further develop synergy with other production locations under the supervision of the Plant Financial Controller.

You are responsible for the preparation of the financial reports with data gathered from the ERP and are also able to do some further, first level analysis of those reports and formulate your recommendations.

Detailed deliverables:

1) Planning and Control:

  • Support and coordinate the overall Factory forecast in line with the Cloetta Business Planning Forecast
  • Provide draft version of the forecast P&L and other related financial statements
  • Providing explanations of trends and deviations versus Last Plan, Last Year and budget
  • Assessing the quality and completeness of the data received.
  • Improve the models and formats used to communicate business information.

2) Business Support:

  • Creation of insightful reports for Operational management steering & decision making
  • Analysis of reported data and providing the explanation of trends and deviations compared to forecast/budgets.
  • Advice and support to Operations team with regard to Efficiency, Budget and KPI
  • Support Continuous Improvement of Operational and Financial performance, by providing (proactive) improvement proposals.
  • Support the factory Controller in preparing Operating Plan (budget).

3) Month End Close:

  • Ensure during the close that all needed bookings in your area of responsibility are properly done. Book accruals where needed and/or corrections when appropriate.
  • Validate the final numbers before shared with the HQ teams.
  • Communicate timely to management any material deviations vs. plan or vs. expectations.
  • Degree in business studies Finance or related field
  • Good command of overall accounting principles.
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience within a production environment
  • Excel expertise
  • Experience with ERP systems also desirable
  • Fluency in English oral and written
  • Strong analytical skills (Fact based)
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Self-confident, integrity and objectivity/ independency of judgement
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle parallel tasks and change pro-actively
  • Result driven & manage execution
  • Team player
  • Persuasiveness
  • Flexible and communicative


A 24 month freelance parttime assignment (4/5)

Organisatie- en afdelingomschrijving

In this role, you will be part of the Supply Chain Controlling department and report to the Plant Financial Controller.

You are part of the Operations Team, which is in charge of the daily management of the production site.

Heb je nog vragen?

Patrick Michielsen Partner