Brown-Forman Finance Assistant in London, United Kingdom

Job Description:


This role forms part of the support to the business management team. This role will provide reporting, analysis & accounting support for the UK region which delivers depletions for the region which is the largest region in the world outside of the US.

This position will work closely with the Finance Manager and the Pricing Analyst as well as the brand managers. The position will provide analytical/accounting support and assist with reporting and control processes for depletions, cost of sales, A&P, invoicing, SG&A (T&E) & the Cost Share Agreement.

Basic Function:

Finance Assistant/Accountant

Daily and Monthly Reporting, 40%

  • Prepare the monthly P&L pack and Regional report

  • Prepare the monthly SG&A and T&E reports

  • Sit with managers to discuss YTD T&E variances

  • Prepare the Daily Sales Report

  • Prepare final monthly depletions reports for the region & Key Customer report

  • Prepare the CSA reconciliation and perform relevant investigations/analyses

  • Prepare brand spend reconciliation every month

  • Hold quarterly reviews with brand managers

  • Prepare end of year accruals/reconciliation

  • Monitor PY accrual usage

Accounting control and queries, 40%

  • Process Brand Expense data received from Bacardi for the UK Cost Share Agreement so that it can be reporting in B-F’s books

  • Track and notify any transfers of Brand Spend from SG&A from the marketing teams and reconcile this on a quarterly basis.

  • Assist with enquiries on SG&A relating to any variances or any unexpected entries.

  • Process any exceptional Brand Expense invoices that need to be processed outside of the BBFB system

  • Provide support for any queries relating to any Brand Expense payments made through Prodagio

  • Manage the wire transfer and cheque payment process (Bank of America Online)

  • Reconciliations between SAP & management excel tracking sheets (at projections & year-end) relating to brand spend & discounts

  • Advise others on Prodagio processing queries

  • Advise others on Necho use and how to re-charge directly to brand spend

Commercial Support and Analytical Insights, 20%

  • Varied analytical support and controlling in respect of brand marketing budgets, quarterly projections, monthly actual results, commercial decision making support, inventory tracking etc.

  • COGS variance analysis (Standards COGS, Freight, Other Cost of Sales, Gift COGS)

Must Experience:

  • Relevant Degree

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions independently based on logical assumptions and factual information.

  • Experience with computer applications in accounting, budgeting and financial analysis. (in particular advanced PC skills incl. Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects to completion by agreed deadlines.

  • Familiar in working with foreign currencies, exchange rates, and conversion factors.

  • Fluency in English language.

Preferred Experience:

  • Working towards CIMA, ACA, ACCA

  • Experience in the wine and spirits industries or FMCG

  • Experience with SAP and BW

  • Experience of managing projects to completion.


  • Good Excel knowledge

  • Ability to think conceptually and strategically.

  • Strong oral and written communications skills.

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.

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About Brown-Forman:


For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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Business Area: Europe

City: London

State: Int'l

Country: United Kingdom

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 3971BR