Job profile: Business unit controller

Job Title

Business Unit Controller


Alan Bird


Kettle Foods Ltd

Professional Qualification(s):

Bsc Economics and Geography 2:2, Portsmouth

Brief overview of your job:

To manage a portfolio of businesses including the Tesco account

What does your job involve?

  • Supporting Direct reports
  • Servicing Tesco
  • Ensuring immediate, Medium term and long term plans are kept alive
  • P&L; management and budget achievement
  • Senior management team to support internal decision making process and “influence” direction

What do you most like about your job?

  • USP of the product in the market place,
  • Autonomy in the role
  • Attitude of the organisation to employees

What skills are required in your job?

  • Diplomacy / Communication (Internal) /
  • Negotiation

What is your advice to people looking for a career in the food & grocery industry?

  • Choose your boss wisely.
  • Understand what you are trying to get out of a role (where do you want it to take you)

Career so far:

  • IRI – Building data bases
  • ACN – Client Service Manager
  • Britvic Soft Drinks – Convenience Customer planning Manager (Trade Marketing)
  • Whitbread Beer Company / Interbrew – Safeway National Account Manager
  • Whitbread Beer Company / Interbrew – Take Home Insight Manager
  • Kettle Foods Ltd – Business Unit Controller