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Senior Business Controller, FP&A


We currently have an immediate opportunity for a Senior Business Controller join our Finance Division in our Princeton office, NJ. Within the Firmenich world, our Controlling team is a business partner with a seat at the table to our commercial teams. This position will lead Division Financial Planning & Analysis activities and serve as a senior manager and strategic partner to the business. This role will operate in a matrix organization and report directly to the VP Group Controller of the Division.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Ensure the decision-making process is sustained by figures validated by controlling, be it for monthly activities, latest estimates, budget or business cases for investments or strategic scenarios.
  • Drive the financial performance of Division operations to support improvements in value creation and sustainability goals. Also delivers sustainable improvements in the cash flow generation, working capital optimization.
  • Provide monthly performance analysis of Flavors business versus Prior, Forecast and Budget. Challenge the team on the performance and margins, and work with the business and regional business controller team to come up with solutions to address pricing, margins and expense issues, working capital requirement
  • Ensure timely and accurate quarterly forecasts (revenues, expenses and investments) with business partners for Innovation and Strategic team. Lead Budget process among business controller team
  • Partner with the Group Controller of the Division and his team to execute the strategy for the business and aligns it with the corporate strategy. Prioritizes actions and investments and establishes KPIs to track implementation progress.
  • Participate and challenge the business by providing thoughtful and proactive financial information to support the decision-making process, including commercial negotiations and business case tracking

We value:


  • Team player          
  • Controlling leadership experience 5 to 10 years in international company with fast growing environment: Business Controlling (Financial Planning & Analysis) experience in multicultural team
  • Strong business acumen with effective and professional communication and organization skills
  • Strategic vision, with strong analytical capabilities, priority setting and decision-making ability
  • Ability to challenge, lead discussions, influence ideas and convey opinions at Executive meetings.
  • Business case modeling





  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or related field. CPA/CMA/MBA preferred.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible controlling, accounting and finance experience for a major company or division of a large manufacturing corporation in a multicultural environment. Experience in the food & beverage business a plus.
  • Prior Controlling and Finance staff supervisory experience.
  • Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (IFRS).
  • Knowledge of Statutory accounting principles.
  • Proficient in advanced Excel, SAP and ERP tools



We offer:

  • High Challenge and High Reward Environment
  • Opportunity to be part of the leadership team and participate in quarterly business reviews with the global Flavors executive team
  • To be a part of an organization where Controlling is recognized as a key business partner
  • Work in very close proximity to our business in a global and intercultural environment
  • Opportunity to lead controlling initiatives Toolbox projects


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.  Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly. We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:


* Generous Paid Time Off!

* Quarterly Bonus Potential!

* Retirement Plans!

* 401(k) with Company Match!

* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!

* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!

* Flexible Spending Accounts!

* Subsidized Cafeteria!

* Tobacco-Free Campus!

* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!


Nearest Major Market: New Jersey