Danone:General Workers Opportunities


Location: Bryanston, GT, ZA
Company: DANONE

Danone Southern Africa (Pty), a subsidiary of Danone, is seeking for BUSINESS CONTROLLER: MARKETING South Africa (ZA) Bryanston Danone is a global food company the leading company in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, providing health food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives purposes
to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on a daily basis. For passionate people in search of an autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone definitely has something special for you.
This individual must be innovative and assertive as they need both to support and challenge top line functions from a financial point of view to make sure that targets are obtained.
Business partnership with the Marketing, Exports, R&I and Sales Strategy teams to create models and analyse complex P&L for innovations and renovations. Offer recommendations on business optimization/investment.
Monitor budgets vs. actuals spend and challenge the spend efficiency and adequation to the Marketing strategy. Help the team in identifying cost optimisation initiatives.

Strategic Management:

Assist the Marketing Director and Senior team in coming up with the Marketing strategy and assessing Commercial viability of these strategies locally and for exports

Lead the financial evaluation of new product launches

Offer insightful recommendation-based Profitability, brand, product and S&I insights

Come up with creative solutions to expand marketing proposals

Analyze and make recommendations on business optimization and investment opportunities in consultation with other functions to increase profitability

Make sure that all Marketing spend is in accordance to the company and Group strategy

Offer guidance, support and recommendations to make sure that that KPI’s are met

Financial Analysis

Assisting management with in depth analysis of business results versus targets and recommendations for appropriate actions where necessary

Profitability calculation on all innovations and renovations and how it affects the Brand and Company

Monitor the progress of innovation KPI’s post launch and indicate risk and opportunities to the Financial Director and Marketing Director

Business Planning owner of CO by brand and pack size: Working closely with Commercial Controller and COGS Business Planners to maintain brand and pack size CO profitability

Enforce mechanisms and tools to assist in the measurement of CO by brand by Month

Provide support and explanation on the Marketing spend by analysis

Investment suggestions to the current business in order to maximize profitability

Financial Planning and Management

CODEV (Product development, Innovation)

Work hand in hand with the Marketing team and R&I team on the management of different projects

Intermediate between SSD, R&D, Marketing and Commercial teams to make sure that consistency and clarity of presentations to the CODEV

Prepare business profitability analysis and scenario analysis and recommendation

Monitor and manage write-offs costs

Work closely with Marketing Director and Project leads to prioritize projects and keep all teams focused


Put together all inputs into a Marketing Forecast that is accurate and aligned

Build Forecasts and Estimates for Marketing spend by Brand and spend type

Quantify and show all risks and opportunities

Making sure that the forecasted spend is in line with company strategy

Management of Spend

Manage and maintain the company financials to make sure that targets are met

Custodian of the PO approval process for Marketing

Month end closing and variance analysis Actual vs. PY/ Forecast/ Latest Estimate

Analyse all variances with Marketing Managers


Preparing of Forecast and other presentations to be communicated to Directors, Zone, and Head

On time Monthly Magnitude reporting: Marketing and brand related

Complete all reports for zone reporting

Help Head of Finance to manage the full company equation by helping to prepare mid-month Zone forecasts and prepare Zone call packs for month end flash calls.


Responsible for all Financial local and Group initiated projects for marketing.

Assist the Commercial, Marketing and R&L team on Brand projects


Bcom (Finance/Accounting) or CIMA or Other relevant qualification. 5 years’ experience

Bcom Honours, CA(SA), Innovation/Renovation experience and Business planning experience would be an added advantage.


In-depth professional knowledge and experience of Marketing and Innovation in FMCG

Should have worked for a multinational company

Strategic planning

Budget building and controlling experience

Project Management

Commercial savvy

Advanced Excel skills

Build costing models


Strategic vision

Innovative thinking / Out of the box: Creative in setting up proper/best cross-functional procedures

Deadline driven, prioritization

Autonomous & energetic


Strong interpersonal skills – ability to challenge at all levels.

Strong analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills.

Problem solving and solution orientated

Clear communicator verbal & written

Pragmatic, technical and concrete. Take actions and achieve results.

Drive and ambition

Analytical thinking

Strong Influencing skills

Enthusiastic with a can-do attitude

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit danone.com

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