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Job Title: UBO Finance Controller

Location: Bangalore, India         

About Unilever:

Be part of the world’s most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We promote innovation, big and small, to make our business win and grow; and we believe in business as a force for good. Unleash your curiosity, challenge ideas, and disrupt processes; use your energy to make this happen. Our brilliant business leaders and colleagues provide mentorship and inspiration, so you can be at your best. Every day, nine out of ten Indian households use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.

Every individual here can bring their purpose to life through their work. Join us and you’ll be surrounded by inspiring leaders and supportive peers. Among them, you’ll channel your purpose, bring fresh ideas to the table, and simply be you. As you work to make a real impact on the business and the world, we’ll work to help you become a better you.

About UniOps:

Unilever Operations (UniOps) is the global technology and operations engine of Unilever offering business services, technology, and enterprise solutions. UniOps serves over 190 locations and through a network of specialized service lines and partners delivers insights and innovations, user experiences and end-to-end seamless delivery making Unilever Purpose Led and Future Fit.


UniOps plays a vital role in powering Unilever to win. It is the delivery engine that enables our company to run every day.

We do this by providing data, technology and processes delivering differentiated experiences for our key stakeholders. This enables the organization to grow, invest in other key parts of the business, and generate much-needed Fuel for Growth. Our strategic intent is to leverage the power of Technology, Data and Process to:

  • Ensure a resilient operational run platform

  • Generate superior value and fuel for growth through simplification and complexity reduction

  • Deliver experiences that enable growth at World Class cost benchmark and competitive services

  • Innovate new capabilities to drive competitive differentiation

UniOps Finance Team partners UniOps to manage and drive the overall performance of UniOps and ensure delivery of operational efficiencies in the cost model, continuous service performance, effective program delivery, and value from strategic vendors. The Financial Controlling for UniOps is based in the UK with teams in the UK, India, Philippines and Brazil. The Financial controlling team is responsible for protecting, improving and transforming the value of UniOps. The Financial Controller role is responsible for end-to-end financial controllership and driving major Transformational projects. The role provides an in-depth experience on accounting, auditing, controls, risk management, tax, transfer pricing, leadership and talent management.

Key Accountabilities:

Reporting & Audits:

  • Ensure the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of financial reporting and ensure compliance with any relevant reporting standards.

  • Review of various schedules of balance sheet and income statement prepared by various teams within finance(including shared services).

  • Ensure timely completion of internal audits and external audits and closure of all agreed actions.

  • Reporting and control over Unilever Software capitalisation and amortisation process.

Accounting Centre of Excellence:

  • Drive reliability and accuracy of actual costs recorded across 100+ countries for effective performance management.

  • Simplify, automate and/or centralise transactional activities and processes impacting the quality of actuals

  • Leverage the larger UniOps organisation and implement cutting-edge technologies and processes to improve the quality of actuals.

Risk Management & Controls:

  • Drive and Lead the Global Risk Management process for UniOps. This involves working with UniOps Leadership to define, evaluate and document risk and, identify remedial actions and follow up on the implementation. 

  • Drive a strong controls culture and ensure compliance with the Unilever Global Financial Control Framework (GFCF).

Tax Compliance:

  • Coordination with Unilever & External Tax authorities on direct/indirect tax compliances – returns, refunds

  • Transfer Pricing regulations and engagement with tax authorities and consultants on Advance Pricing Agreements

Financial Recovery of Global UniOps Costs:

  • Drive Financial Recovery of Global UniOps costs through robust charging mechanism and setting up governance around the same.

People Responsibilities:

  • Direct responsibility for the development of 6 WL2 and 22 WL1 across four different locations.

  • Key member of the UniOps India center Leadership team.

Experience and Qualification:

  • CA with a strong pedigree and extensive experience in the areas of Financial Reporting, Accounting, Statutory Compliance & Taxation

  • Ability to operate in a highly dynamic, entrepreneurial environment

  • Leading and managing a large team of varying levels from specialist to qualified accountants

  • Sound overview of end-to-end operational and financial controls, business processes and reporting.

  • Cross-functional stakeholder relationship management and ability to influence and make an impact on decision-making from off-shore location.

  • Should rate high on growth mindset and bias for action.

Key Leadership Qualities:

•            Growth mindset and a bias for action.

•            Ability to challenge established norms constructively and drive change.

•            Ability to manage a large and complex set of stakeholders & hold others accountable.

•            Demonstrate strong Personal Mastery with a Passion for High Performance

•            Strong engagement, presentation, and communication skills.

•            Strong negotiation and influencing skills with both senior colleagues and across the broader Finance community.

•            Experience with the identification of risks and opportunities in the P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash flow statements.

•            Ability to deal with complex project management.

Key Stakeholders and Interfaces:

  • Head of Finance UniOps

  • UniOps FLT

  • UniOps LT

  • Country Controllers

  • Operating Centers

  • Procurement Teams

  • Vendor Management Office

  • Global Tax team

  • Global Legal team

  • Head of Finance UBO


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