Operations Controller - AB Mauri
What do you do?

AB Mauri offers a comprehensive range of high-quality yeast, dough conditioners, bread improvers, and other bakery ingredients. They take the lead in providing product and process innovations and creating new opportunities for the bakery and pastry industry as a reliable partner and sustainable player. AB Mauri helps its customers achieve consistent and delicious baked goods. AB Mauri believes in the future of the bakery.

In this position you report to the Finance & IT Director BENEFRA and work closely together with the Operations Director. You will communicate with internal stakeholders (Operations, QESH, Finance and management) to ensure that day-to-day operations are well accounted, measured in KPIs and accurately reported to HQ. You have a strong drive to always deliver excellent personal results and you are passionate about control, operations, new technology, processes and working methods and support an innovative culture. The role assures high-quality data to help the Regional (and Global) Operations organization to take the right decisions to achieve company strategic objectives. You take a proactive approach by challenging with qualitative performance analysis to point out areas which need to be improved.

You will establish, control and analyze production related costs, product standard costing and manage a comprehensive cost control system. The new Operations Controller plays a key role in improving the day-to-day financial and operational insights. Improving the insights in operations will improve better business performance and therefore make a significant impact on the further growth potential. To guide Operations Management towards a better understanding of the business dynamics more detailed cost variance analysis needs to be developed. This helps ensure timely actions and drive continuous improvements in efficiency.

Together with the Operations Director, you will be responsible for the periodic, in-depth management reporting as well as the preparation and managing of the annual budget and quarterly forecasting processes for all production facilities costs. In coordination with the Purchasing team analyse, review and support material purchase plans and supply agreements to anticipate the forecasted cost pricing (ICPs). On top of that, direct and indirect operational costs of the factory (i.e. direct labour, repairs and overhead) are part of the analysis. This includes the variance analyses, reporting and commentary which you report internally and to the Group / HQ in London.

As the Operations Controller you proactively anticipate, build and communicate on-going operational KPI’s to senior management with actionable insights and advise on strategic and commercial decisions, cost control analysis and identify risks and opportunities. You prepare and regularly analyze cost price calculations driven by input from the purchasing department and/or operations team to advise the stakeholders.

Through your proactive analyses, you can make an impact on the entire organization. For example by carrying out analysis on margin, or the sales to production ratio, or an in-depth analysis of cost development. Furthermore, you will actively work together with the production teams to develop capital investment plans and cost analysis of proposed projects. You will work closely with Operations to drive continuous improvement of  production lines.

Good to know

As the Operations Controller for the Netherlands you have a broad scope in a dynamic setting. You are involved in supporting production line efficiencies (production time, OEE etc.), cost calculations and accurate forecasting per client/product to ensure healthy inventory levels. In this role, you deliver both financial and non-financial KPI’s for OMT preparation. These are presented in customized dashboards and advise actions to control working capital/waste management/OEE.

Who are you?

You are a strong stakeholder manager, business and culture sensitive and a real business partner. Being proactive is a must, there is a lot to do in this phase and you have to be able to prioritize and develop your own action plan. Positively coaching colleagues is your style and you are one of the driving forces behind the growth and professionalization of the organization. In addition, you are an open communicator, know how to create relationships, and support the business in any way you can. We are looking for a pragmatic and energetic Operations Controller. A financial can comprehend the core financial processes and has strong business acumen.

‘’AB Mauri is a dynamic, fast-paced environment which requires everyone to operate with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy. To be successful within this high profile, demanding environment we are looking for an ambitious, confident and communicative financial who wants to continue his/her steep learning curve. In this setting you have a very wide span of control; your scope ranging from optimizing operational performance and product costing up to commercial pricing and profitability.’’

  • Bachelor and/or Master degree in Economics, Finance or Accounting
  • >7 years of experience in Financial Control, Commercial Control or Cost Control
  • Experience in a multinational organization is an advantage, preferable in a B2B fast paced environment (manufacturing or production environment)
  • Ability to read, speak, and write fluently and Dutch and English
  • Experience with and good understanding of plant control and supply chain control. Think of cost price calculations, yield analyses, cost to serve analysis, product and client profitability etc.
  • No nonsense, sense of humour and an accessible personality with a critical yet constructive and positive approach
  • Strong ability to work as part of a cross functional team
  • Possesses the structure and process experience of a multinational / matrix environment
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting with tight deadlines and ad hoc requests

More about AB Mauri

AB Mauri is a global business of Associated British Foods (ABF) plc. ABF is a leading diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £17bn, employing more than 132,000 employees with operations in 53 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

AB Mauri is one of the 5 operating divisions of ABF and provides innovative technologies and product development solutions in yeast and bakery ingredients to deliver safe accessible high-quality products to people. The yeast business extends beyond bakery into technologies for alcoholic beverages, human and animal nutrition and bioethanol; the bakery ingredients business provides innovative technology-led solutions to artisanal and industrial customers of the baking industry.

Every country business is dedicated to its local markets and empowered to make decisions. People in AB Mauri are leading and driving ambitious growth plans through passionate ownership for results and actions, and thoughtful care for the environment and the communities in which they operate. AB Mauri has a long history dating back to the 1860s and is proud of its heritage within the bakery ingredients and yeast industry globally. The AB Mauri division was formed in 2004 and is today one of the truly global divisions of ABF with £1,827m revenue and over 7,000 employees.

The EMEA region is one of the key regions in the division operating in bakery ingredients and yeast in more than 15 locations across Europe, Middle East and Africa, with customers across 50+ countries. Every country business is dedicated to its local markets and empowered to make decisions.  The Benelux & France region is part of the business unit Continental Europe Middle East and Africa employing approx. 80 employees with a bakery ingredients production site in Dordrecht and commercial offices in Belgium and France.       

With its operational presence in the Netherlands, AB Mauri has established itself as a trusted partner within the country's baking industry. The company’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices is reflected in the continuous investment in technology and product development as well as how the business operates in the local community.

AB Mauri Culture

The strength comes from the richness of their diversity: they value and welcome the unique contribution of individuals who genuinely collaborate and enjoy learning from each other in an inclusive environment. They turn their growth strategy into long term sustainable value through their people

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