Finance Business Partner-Gourmet/Specialties


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

POSITION TITLE: Finance Business Partner – Gourmet/Specialties


REPORTING TO: Sr. Manager, Finance BP – Gourmet/Specialties North America






The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.




Job Summary:

The Finance Business Partner is an essential member of the finance organization and high growth business units. You will support the Gourmet, Specialties and Marketing businesses by performing duties related to financial reporting, analysis, forecasting, budgeting and strategy. You will support the Senior Manager, Finance BP and the Vice President of each business by delivering timely and accurate financial data and analysis to drive critical business decisions. This role requires collaboration with Sales, FP&A, Pricing, and other key stakeholders to advance the business.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain financial reports and analysis to improve the financial performance of the business unit
  • Support month-end close process by providing detailed and timely variance analyses
  • Contribute to and support the annual budget cycle and mid-term planning processes
  • Maintain and improve sales forecast by identifying potential commercial risks and opportunities
  • Participate in account management discussions, customer reviews, and sales planning strategy
  • and industry dynamics
  • Complete and support regular and ad-hoc reporting for reports, graphs, charts and presentations
  • Assist in preparing monthly and quarterly management presentations
  • Participate in ongoing continuous improvement and finance related projects to ensure best practices





  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting


Work Experience:

  • 6-10 years of experience in food manufacturing, food ingredients, or commodity-related business
  • Experience with budgeting, financial analysis, and commercial analysis
  • Expert proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • SAP/BIW experience preferred
  • Previous cocoa and chocolate industry experience preferred but not necessary


Additional Requirements:

  • Self-starter and independent thinker
  • Teamwork and cooperation: be part of a team, work together, and seek ideas and opinions for planning and decision-making
  • Special knowledge expertise: strong understanding of accounting and finance principles
  • Analytical thinking: systematically identify and understand problems
  • Achievement orientation: work well and competing against a standard of excellence
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs of the business, organizational demands and priorities
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills; ability to interact with various levels throughout the organization


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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