Finance BP Chocolate, Asia Pacific (Location: Open within APAC)


Singapore, 01, SG, 068809

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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 role

  • The Finance Business Partner supports and challenges the Chocolate (Food Manufacturing and Gourmet) business owners in both strategic, tactical, and operational decision-making. The role plays a key role in steering the business owners to achieve a business strategy, and KPIs and increase value generation across the APAC Region. The role has to proactively provide insights on business risks and opportunities and their related financial impact.
  • As a people manager, the Finance BP, Chocolate, oversees a Finance team specializing in different Chocolate pillars and markets. The Finance BP, Chocolate, coaches and empowers them to steer their respective business leaders towards business objectives.
  • The Finance BP, Chocolate, is responsible for the business’s short- and long-term financial performance (P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cashflow) alongside the business owners. The role is required to drive initiatives aimed at improving financial performance including working with cross-functional workstreams/teams.
  • In addition to the financials, this position is also responsible to ensure financial compliance with internal policies and controls as well as external laws and financial regulations. 

Key responsibilities include

  • Business Partnering
    • Responsible for the financial performance of the Chocolate business across APAC including P&L, Balance Sheet, and cashflow 
    • Finance interface to Countries/FM/Gourmet business owners 
    • Support the business owners in preparing and determining business objectives and strategies
    • Provide meaningful decision support whilst influencing and challenging decisions
    • Partner with FP&A, Accounting, and Finance functions to provide facts and figures related to the financial performance, support analysis of financial performance, conclude key drivers and translate them into possible actions for improvements
    • Lead business financial performance discussions in meetings, conclude action plans, lead, and coordinate projects, and steer business owners to deliver 
    • Proactively identify business risks and opportunities, assess, flag & highlight the related financial impact, work with business owners to mitigate, safeguard and achieve desired business results 
    • Develop business cases, derive business assumptions to improve or safeguard financial performance 
    • Partner, align, and strategizes commercial negotiations, margins with Pricing and/or Sourcing 
    • Ensure compliance with internal and external policies, controls, and regulations


  • People Management and Coaching
    • Lead, coach, and empower Finance team members in achieving business goals, financial commitments, and KPIs
  • Financial Planning (MTP, Budget, and Forecasting)
    • Build, challenge, and derive assumptions for MTPs, Budgets, and Forecasts with the business owners in line with the business plan/strategies, 
    • Align/conclude financial targets with country Finance teams
    • Guide FP&A to conclude financial planning 
    • Support FP&A & OSCO Finance BPs in analysis
  • Others / Ad-Hoc
    • Strategic projects
    • Commercial business models 
    • Investment assessment
  • Internal stakeholders:
  • Chocolate VPs
    • Supports the Chocolate business owners in decision support while influencing and challenging to improve the financial performance of the business 
    • Provides insights on financial improvement opportunities, prioritizes them, and work with the business owner to achieve them
    • Assess, flag & highlight business risks and opportunities with their related financial impact
    • Develop business cases, derive business assumptions, propose, offer/counter offer commercial terms to improve or safeguard financial performance 
    • Support in developing sales / commercial pitch with business owners
  • Country/BU Finance Business Partners 
    • Lead, coach, and guide a team of Finance Business Partners to influence regional and local business strategies (FM, Gourmet, Countries)
    • Support country initiatives, providing regional insights and guidance on commercial terms and/or negotiation 
    • Identify business risks and opportunities, assess financial impact together with Country Finance BP, flag and highlight to regional business owners or regional finance teams 
    • Drive strategic Chocolate business portfolio mix to ensure overall healthy profitability for APAC
  • FP&A, OSCO Finance, Accounting, Pricing, Sourcing
    • Guide and support FP&A, OSCO Finance, Accounting, and other specialized Finance functions in performance management, financial planning & reporting, Accounting, Sourcing, and financial compliance 
    • Partner up and drive towards regional business and finance objectives 
    • Align, support, and strategizes commercial negotiations, margins with Pricing and/or Sourcing
  • External stakeholders: Consultants / Customers
    • Support strategic/tactical exercises and initiatives whenever necessary 
    • Commercial contract terms negotiation, ad hoc customers discussions


About you 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting / Business / Finance 
  • 10-15 years of experience in business controlling with strong business acumen
  • Experience in a multinational company(ies), preferably in B2B and food industries 
  • Able to establish relationships with a dynamic team and senior business stakeholders
  • Experience in managing a regional/global Finance team
  • Manufacturing and/or trading business model
  • Financial controlling and Business Partnering
  • Manufacturing and/or trading business model
  • Financial controlling and Business Partnering

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.

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