Head SSC Finance & Accounting [Online Recruitment Process]


Lodz, LD, PL, 90-530

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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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!

About the job:

The SSC Head F&A is responsible for the daily operations of the F&A team in the areas of Source to Pay, Order to Cash, Record to Report, Consolidation & Reporting and Taxes. She/he will be actively driving F&A scope extensions. She/ he is regularly in contact with the key SSC service receivers to actively manage the business expectations and constantly drives process improvements to ensure the agreed service quality levels as well as to strive for higher productivity. People development is a key element to achieve this. The incumbent will be a Member of the SSC Leadership Team and deputy of the SSC Head.


Key responsibilities:

  • Oversees the F&A processes within the SSC and provides objectives to the SSC F&A staff.
  • Manage, coordinate and develop/ coach the F&A staff and actively plan for succession to develop and replace individuals effectively.
  • Proactively manage and monitor KPIs and SLAs to drive accuracy and timeliness of all deliverables. Establish regular communication to share successes and solicit challenges or concerns with all SSC Key Stakeholders to ensure issues are identified, tracked and resolved in a timely manner.
  • With a high priority, identify, research, develop and implement improvements to existing processes, systems and procedures in F&A processes (incl. Continuous Improvement culture program).
  • Maintain strong controls ensuring all group policies and statutory requirements are complied with by the SSC team.  Elevate the relevancy and timeliness of the control environment.
  • Supervise month-end, quarterly and YE closings and provide audit support.
  • Owner of the F&A ICS and operational control framework.
  • Act as deputy SSC in case of absence of Head SSC.
  • Build a culture of continuous improvement that ensures process flows and standard operating procedures are both kept current and reviewed by all staff and stakeholders, and constantly enhanced and improved.


About you:

  • Master Degree in Finance or Business Administration.
  • Excellent Accounting knowledge (external auditor experience - CPA - would be an asset).
  • Around 10 years of experience with growing responsibilities in SSC/GBS environments and most F&A (S2P, R2R, O2C, TAX etc.) areas.
  • 3-5 years of experience in leading F&A department (approx. 40-60 employees).
  • Profound Finance knowledge in all areas (incl. tax).
  • Successful transformation project experiences. 
  • Experienced in continuous improvement approach (Black Belt would be an asset).
  • Good understanding on automation opportunities.
  • Fluency in Polish and English, an additional foreign language would be a plus.
  • Working knowledge in ERP (SAP) and other finance and support systems.
  • Proven analytical skills – able to decide when more work needs to be done or if high level analysis is sufficient.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Objective oriented (incl. cascading down).
  • Good time management and being able to set the necessary priorities (deliver on time in the required).
  • Showing the necessary level of flexibility to adapt to the business requirements.
  • Diligent - Strong work ethic.
  • Role requires travel up to 20% of time (travels within Europe, Americas and Asia on a regular basis – if possible)


We offer:

  • Stable employment in an international organization.
  • Annual bonus based on your work results.
  • Private medical care for you and your family.
  • Company car and parking lot in the office building.
  • Employee Pension Program.
  • Sport card.
  • Life insurance.
  • Lunch card.
  • Discount card for cultural events.
  • Christmas benefits.
  • Chocolate, fruit and vegetables in the office.
  • Opportunity to purchase the company's products at reduced prices.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

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