Financial Controller – OperationsName: Nigel Blakey
Company: Greencore Group
Brief overview of your job:
Responsible for the Financial Control of a three site manufacturing operation, covering Factory performance, cost control, stock management & capital appraisals.
What does your job involve?
Within each week I have set of routine meetings & tasks that I am involved in, accompanied by an array of adhoc requests that are often unplanned.
A large part of my role involves reviewing schedules prepared by others, such as labour and overhead costs, material usages, various Operational related KPI’s and stock reports. I tend to review these during 1-1 sessions with my team. A weekly Management review takes place each Friday where results are compared to Budgeted targets and I take the Senior Managers through the businesses performance in great detail! Action lists are produced designed to drive improved performance & control, clearly highlighting those accountable for delivering the results. Beyond these fixed elements no two weeks are the same, resulting in my involvement in product costings, capital appraisals, project management, systems & process implementation and design, forecasting, supplier negotiations and supporting my team.
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Career so far:
January 2002 – January 2003 – Financial Controller, Hazlewood Prepared Foods Kiveton Bakery & Logistics – Sheffield.
January 2000 December 2001 – Divisional Project Accountant, Hazlewood Cakes & Desserts – Hull & Selby.
April 2000 – December 2000 – Secondment as Financial Controller Hazlewood Grocery Manchester Site.
March 1999 – April 2000 – Site Management Accountant Hazlewood Grocery Selby Site.
December 1997 – March 1999 – Financial Accountant Hazlewood Grocery Selby Site.
May 1996 – December 1997 Cost Accountant Hazlewood Grocery Selby Site.
1995 – May 1996 Trainee Accountant – Simms Food Group PLC.