Operations Cost Controller


Have an appetite for more?

Join a leading global bakery group powered by ambitious people that are truly passionate about delivering the best in everything they do.

With business in mind and people at heart we always work together to influence our road ahead. We want you to be part of our growth journey and of a great, global family.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Operations Cost Controller to join our Lantmännen Unibake team in Belgium.

This is what you will do

As an Operations Cost Controller you contribute actively to the pricing strategy of our locally produced items. Following requests from the commercial team (both related to New Product Development as RfQs from sales) you will provide accurate price quotes, thereby communicating clearly on the different cost drivers. In addition, you will provide appropriate financial support to the Business Operations Controllers for performance management, budget management and internal controls in order to improve the production processes.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • To run the cost calculation process for our three production sites (Londerzeel, Ganshoren & Moeskroen), making accurate price quotes with clear communication of assumptions, in a timely and correct way, giving the necessary input to the commercial team
  • To consequently keep the data – standard cost prices, Intercompany prices, conversion cost breakdown, storage rates, etc. – up to date in all relevant systems (ERP and PowerBI)
  • To calculate the financial impact of operational changes (cfr. evolutions in raw material prices, the overall operational performance and capacity planning) on our initial assumptions and to proactively communicate your findings to the different stakeholders
  • To apply the cost price methodology according to corporate guidelines, whilst exploring ways to increase efficiency and implementing the necessary changes in the different systems and databases
  • To forward the necessary information to the accounting department to assure that the operational financial numbers are accurate and transparent at all times
  • You will support the Business Operations Controllers by preparing
    • financial information regarding forecasting, budget and monthly performance reporting.
    • the cost model and offering a clear view on conversion cost evolutions.

This is what you need to succeed:

You have:

  • You are a young professional who hold a Master’s degree in Finance (Commercial Engineering, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, etc.) and has a background in cost and project accounting
  • Experience within a Manufacturing environment is recommended
  • Profound knowledge of MS Office tools - especially Excel and PowerPoint – and affinity for new software systems
  • Proficient language skills in Dutch and English; knowledge of any other language is a clear asset

Your “power skills”

  • You have profound analytical skills, are methodical in your approach and have an eye for detail which allows you to deep dive into analyses;
  • You are a client- and service-oriented person who delivers qualitative work in a timely manner;
  • You are well-organized and are able to handle tight deadlines whilst maintaining high standards of work;
  • You are a self-starter who’s motivated to look for efficiencies and you show flexibility to shift between priorities when needed;
  • You are an enthusiast team player with a responsible attitude;
  • Thanks to your excellent communication skills you are able to build your internal network and keep your stakeholders involved;
  • You show eagerness to learn and develop yourself;
  • You have a genuine interest in operations, and at the same time act as an independent within the production area to maintain our financial/control processes to achieve both internal and external audit compliance.

What we offer to you

  • The chance to develop yourself towards a trustworthy Financial Business Partner to Operations. By providing insights you will be able to influence business decisions that will shape the future of our local entity.
  • The opportunity to work closely to our locally based production sites whilst interacting in an international context – both with colleagues within our Benefrites-cluster as with Cost Controllers of our sister companies and HQ of Lantmännen Unibake.
  • Being part of an international organization that is in full expansion where you get the opportunity to grow personally and evolve professionally. Lantmännen Unibake offers future career development to senior roles on both a local or international level.

Place of work: your base is Londerzeel but travel to the sites of Moeskroen and Ganshoren is recommended (+/- once a week)

Sounds interesting?

We will interview ongoing so please don’t hesitate to send your application by submitting your resume.

If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please reach out to Els Magerman (Talent Acquisition Specialist). If you have any questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Koen Van Erdeghem (Senior Business Operations Controller).

We will treat your candidature with the highest level of confidentiality.