Nestle Manager Finance in Oakland, California


This role is the lead financial planning co-pilot for Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Division, reporting to the Vice President of Finance. The position will have two Financial Analyst direct reports.

This key role is responsible for proactively designing and delivering relevant and actionable analyses and recommendations to both internal and external customers. This position must actively lead and influence business partners by championing, challenging and improving business performance and processes in order to meet or exceed business goals. The role also ensures cross-functional team compliance with internal, external and operational audit requirements.

The individual must be able to effectively interact, collaborate and communicate across multiple functions in the organization, including senior management, while cooperating and building consensus to drive results. The position will plan, prioritize and manage workload in an environment of competing priorities where risk must be accurately assessed to support and guide timely and sound business decisions. The role provides opportunity to provide leadership, direct others, develop people, manage projects, and think strategically while dealing with business complexity.

This leadership role will provide the Ice Cream Division ELT with accurate and timely financial information and analysis, making and implementing sound recommendations to grow business profitability. Key areas of responsibility include financial planning and analysis, decision support to improve overall business performance, coordination of monthly financial close, performance management reporting and special projects.


Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Manage and develop the two financial analyst direct reports to ensure they're embedded in the business and are vocal partners in all business decisions impacting the Ice Cream Division. Also, ensure proactive career development opportunities.

o Financial Analysis & Decision Support: Lead and influence multi-functional teams by working closely with division marketing, supply chain, sales and operational teams to improve business performance across all P&L line items. Lead and champion actions and projects that improve operating costs or grow sustainable business profitability.

o Financial Planning & Forecasting: Lead the monthly Dynamic Forecasting process, working with cross-functional teams throughout the MBP cycle to ensure business strategy and goal alignment. Help all MBP participants in identifying gaps to targets, and evaluate financially sound opportunities to close those gaps.

o Perform ad-hoc analysis and work on special projects as requested by management.

o Support the initiatives of NUSA through active participation in SFT or NUSA cross-organizational (and/or cross-functional) teams.



BA/BS degree required. Major in Accounting or Finance, or BA/BS degree with coursework up to and including intermediate accounting preferred.

5 years of experience in Accounting/Finance preferred.



Food industry experience


Hands-on knowledge of US Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (US GAAP) or International Accounting Standards (IAS) assumptions, principles and constraints (i.e. economic equity, going concern, monetary unit, periodic reporting, historical cost, revenue recognition matching, full disclosure, cost-benefit relationship, materiality, and conservatism)

Demonstrated ability to design financial & non-financial measurements and key performance indicators (KPI's) to drive improved business performance

Decision support skills

Working knowledge of budget preparation and forecasting for cost centers / balance sheet accounts

Working knowledge of financial concepts & principles including cash flow, NPV, IRR, ROI, Economic Profit, etc.

Ability to understand and communicate the drivers of product profit & loss

Complex financial modeling skills

Knowledge of the principles of cost accounting and activity-based costing

Nestle Accounting Standards (NAS) - for internal candidates

Computer skills: MS Windows including intermediate Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;, and working knowledge of SAP


Investment justification skills, Project management skills


Demonstrated ability to:

Effectively manage competing priorities by choosing those deliverables that will have the highest impact on the performance results

Manage/organize time, information, and resources effectively in order to meet deadlines and respond to requests on a timely basis; multi-task

Train, coach, motivate and reinforce performance to achieve business goals.

Network across functional and divisional silos

Build, focus and motivate effective teams

Influence business decisions with concrete financial support

Resolve conflicts / discrepancies positively and professionally

Work independently in solving business issues and taking initiative

Partner with the customer / other functional teams to drive business results and meet deliverables

Recommend possible strategic courses of action to capitalize on business opportunities

Identify risks and opportunities

Manage projects

Leverage best practices

Communicate effectively and professionally in written and verbal form, including presentation skills

Apply good judgment and professional integrity in decision-making

The Nestle Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

Category: Finance, Nestle USA, Management

The Nestlé Companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.