Commercial Finance Analyst - London

£Competitive - Commercial Finance
Ref: 530 Date Posted: Friday 01 Jul 2022
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Coyne & Associates is currently supporting Danone’s UKI commercial finance team with a key Trade Controller Appointment.  Danone UKI is the biggest operation for Danone in Europe (~30% of profits) and accounting for 5% of total Danone Group profit, therefore this is a great opportunity to have a strong impact and visibility across the board.


About You

We are looking to attract a recently qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) with an excellent grounding in commercial finance and prior experience as Finance Business Partner or Analyst.  The role will help in animate Product Margin Contribution performance which means articulating the whole performance of the Company from NS down to A&P spend to both business and finance stakeholders.  With this in mind we’re looking for a great communicator who can work across a diverse stakeholder base.



Danone operates a smart way of working.  A number of the key stakeholders for this role are based out of its Chiswick Park (London) hub and as such we would expect periodic monthly travel into this location.  Danone’s mission and values guide how it behaves, its flexible ways of working, how it connects with its communities and how it grows & develops its people. This is reflected in its employee offer; for example, its health & wellbeing programme, sponsored volunteering opportunities and in how individuals are enabled to drive their own development.


About Danone

Danone is embarking on an exciting global transformation to its strategy and organisational set up and they want you to be part of that journey! The importance of eating and drinking healthy nutritional products is stronger than ever and the chance to adapt and evolve through digital transformation is upon us.  Danone want to embrace these opportunities to build a more agile, integrated and synchronised organisation powered by its people.


Danone is a leading food and drink company with a fast-growing health-focused portfolio. With over 100 years of expertise, the organisation cares about every product it makes, and it cares equally about how it makes them.  Danone operates at 5 production sites as well as offices in the UK & Ireland- led by its people who power everything it does and are key to its success.  There are a team of 2000+ Danoners, part of a 100,000 strong global family.

Danone is a people powered business, characterised by trust.  It values output and personal contribution, enabling ‘Danoners’ to be their most energised, healthy and productive selves. In working this way, Danone recognises that work and home life are blended and that it is output that matters, meaning that value creation can be generated from any location in mainland UK, balancing the nature of your role, the business and stakeholder needs.

Its brands include; Volvic, Evian, Harrogate, Activia, Alpro, Actimel, Nutricia, Aptamil and Cow & Gate.


The Opportunity

You will work with a variety of stakeholders (including the Consumer and Healthcare Marketing Teams, Finance and Research & Innovation) to drive sustainable, profitable growth within its categories. You will also work closely with the wider Finance team split across London, Dublin and Trowbridge and in partnership with a centralized Finance business services team. Key responsibilities:

  • Month End closing, Forecasting and Reporting for Advertising and Promotion cost across the Specialized Nutrition and the Essential Dairy categories
  • Business partner with marketing heads and senior managers to get a strong understanding of where money is invested, key launches by month, and support them understanding budgets and financial commitments
  • Analyze and share insights on efficiency of spend, working vs non-working media, fix vs variable elements with the aim of maximizing ROI in conjunction with PRGM team
  • Support on Ad-hoc initiatives, business cases, supplier negotiations and other commercial initiatives
  • Support on Internal controls and maintain a strong focus on compliance



For further information please contact Steve Coyne at Coyne & Associates on 0117 3018979 or email