Forecasting & Planning Manager at Unilever Nigeria Plc


Unilever Nigeria Plc – Welcome to Unilever, a global multinational and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company with products sold in over 190 countries and more than 2 billion consumers across the world who use our amazing products everyday!

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Forecasting & Planning Manager

Job type: R-17337
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Background & Purpose of the Job

  • Own and continuously improve the end-to-end financial forecasting process (including S&OP), MCO targets and Annual Plan (where applicable) from a Finance perspective
  • Represent Finance in any process improvement initiatives across the financial forecasting process

Who You Are & What You’ll Do
Business partnering and insight:

  • Provide challenge to S&OP process driving towards a high degree of alignment between volume and value and supporting the business with the identification of risks and opportunities
  • Communicate and manage MCO targets at total level, and at category level

Process ownership and delivery:

  • Lead engagement with Cluster Finance team on MCO targets, Annual Operating Plan, and financial forecast submissions
  • Lead the MCO Annual Operating Plan process
  • Lead working capital forecasting
  • Prepare the total MCO forecast & individual category forecasts (assumptions, risks, opportunities, cash up) on a monthly / quarterly basis, prepare supporting analysis and participate in review of these forecasts with the relevant Marketing Leads and their Finance Leads and with the Country Leadership Team
  • Act as the Finance champion of forecast bias and accuracy
  • Build and actively use a network of finance peers across Unilever globally to both share and adopt good practices on Planning & Forecasting

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Qualified Accountant or equivalent

Professional Skills:

  • Strong team leadership skills (applicable to roles with direct reports)
  • Strong analytical skills, Excel modelling skills and attention to detail
  • Strong Organisational and prioritization skills
  • Strong engagement, presentation, and communication skills
  • Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems that support the S&OP process (e.g. SAP, cash up tool)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other key stakeholders

Experience Required:

  • Experience with identifying risks and opportunities
  • Experience managing a large and complex set of stakeholders
  • Experience in driving P&L performance improvements (e.g. closing gaps vs. target) and holding others accountable (particularly peers and senior leadership)
  • Experience in presenting to and communicating with senior Finance and non-Finance stakeholders

Key Contacts

  • Work closely with CCBTs in different processes (S&OP cash up, gap closing, etc.)

Finance Business Partner:

  • Interaction with FBPs on risks and opportunities in Financial forecast and advise on which Supply Chain
  • Ensure full alignment on latest S&OP input and P&L implications via cash up

I & A:

  • Continuously optimize information and analytics
  • Work with I&A on any simplification initiatives

Finance Excellence Team:

  • Work with FET lead to identify priorities
  • Ensure alignment

Leadership Team:

  • Provide outputs from the S&OP financial forecast / annual plan

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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