Finance Director, Global Manufacturing Operations (16-18 Month Contract)


Website McCain Foods

Position Title:Finance Director, Global Manufacturing Operations (16-18 Month Contract)

Position Type: Temporary – Full-Time

Requisition ID:26082

Please note this is a 16-18 month contract role.

Reporting to the Global Manufacturing Operations Finance Leader, the incumbent of this role is responsible for Global Total Delivered Cost (TDC) reporting and major processes and projects that impact TDC (Capital Management, Sustainable Cost Advantage, McCain Driving Impact valuation, and Cost Curve). This individual will also provide finance support to the workstreams within Global Manufacturing Operations. He/she will engage internally with Global and Regional Finance, FP&A, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain functions to provide recommendations to the business regarding cost. The Director, Manufacturing Operations Finance also engages frequently with the corporate SLT, especially the CFO and the Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer (CMO) with operations-related recommendations, analysis, and action plans.

The Finance Director, Global Manufacturing Operations will support with the implementation and rollout of the Product cost Planning and Reporting tool for McCain on a Global basis. The product Costing and Planning Tool is a global initiative aimed to streamline, standardize, and simplify how McCain plans and reports cost. The tool is one of the key initiatives identified by the CFO to enable accomplishing our business objectives set forth on Vision 2025 by driving active cost management and providing the business with valuable insights such as inflation trends, manufacturing performance, mix analysis, etc. to support the business on pricing actions, demand shaping, network optimization and areas of opportunity in manufacturing. This individual will actively collaborate with Finance Transformation, IT, Procurement, and the external implementation partner to ensure an efficient and timely implementation of Cost Planning and Reporting tool at McCain.

A key contributor to the accomplishment of our cost targets, providing leadership to challenge stakeholder assumptions in a collaborative manner supported by facts to increase likelihood of success. Strong costing skills to drive the business and the project global rollout, as well as strong business partnership skills to collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:


  • On a monthly basis, review and analyze consolidated Total Delivered Cost (TDC), and highlight to leadership areas of concern and opportunities along with recommendations
  • Review manufacturing operational results with each workstream and CMO and provide highlights and gaps to senior leadership
  • Play a key role in department budget management with workstream leaders and HRBP including reviewing actuals vs. budget on a monthly basis, ensuring cost centre headcount accuracy, updating forecast on a quarterly basis, and overall ensuring the department spend is within budget
  • Drive cost competitive analysis through the annual Cost Curve by working with external partner and regional manufacturing finance teams and identify key areas of opportunities (to drive further Sustainable Cost Advantage)
  • Oversee and improve Capital Management process including the request of expenditure authorization (REA) template, automation of a capital database and development of KPIs to deliver insights and guidance on future capital investments using historical capital data and forward-looking market and competitive trends
  • In partnership with the Global Manufacturing Operations Finance Leader , play a key role in the Global Investment Committee by supporting decision making on new capitals
  • Drive capital analysis through different tools such as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and ensures that all capitals going to the Board of Directors have montecarlo analysis
  • On a quarterly basis, review and analyze forecasted Total Delivered Cost (TDC) and inflation, and provide insights to leadership
  • Provide coaching and development to team members
  • Drives manufacturing and cost reporting improvements using tools like Power BI
  • Supports other departments with costing data


  • Support with the implementation and rollout of the Product cost planning and reporting tool in all regions
  • Update global costing policy and ensure Product cost planning and reporting tool is consistent with these global standards
  • Collaborate with IT, Finance Transformation, Procurement, and the external implementation partner to ensure an efficient implementation
  • Liaise and translate the regional McCain team’s expectations and requests to the implementation vendor
  • Support Unit Acceptance Testing (UAT)
  • Ensure the proper change and stakeholder management is in place to guarantee a fast adoption of the product costing and reporting tool
  • Provide rollout approaches and implementation recommendations
  • Member of the Product Cost Planning and Reporting tool Steering Committee

Key Requirements:

  • Professional Finance designation (i.e. CPA or MBA preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, MBA preferred
  • Strong standard costing knowledge and experience
  • Plant experience controlling preferred
  • Strong analytical, data mining and financial modelling skills using tools such as SAP, BPC/OneStream, SAP PaPM, SAC (Sap Analytics Cloud) and other data analytics technologies
  • Exposure to project management
  • Develop and monitor process performance metrics and interpret and accurately communicate trends and determining root cause
  • Strong modelling and excel skills with the ability to understand complex excel formulas and simplify templates, strong skills in word and presentation software and charts
  • Strong ability to navigate matrixed environment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate complex financial concepts and issues in a simple, compelling, and concise manner for presentation and discussions with senior management and other nonfinancial business leaders.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to interact effectively and quickly establish trust and credibility at the senior management level as a strategic financial partner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work cross-functionally and foster positive and effective business relationships.
  • Assertive, mature, proactive, diligent, take-charge individual that is confident in putting ideas forwarded open to challenge others and ask questions
  • Influencer, able to persuade others to action without absolute authority
  • Strategic thinker and enabler with an inquisitive mind and healthy intellectual curiosity.

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

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Job Family:Finance

Location(s): CA – Canada : Ontario : Toronto

Company:McCain Foods (Canada). Date posted: 11/14/2023


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