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Position Title:Controller, Agriculture

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Requisition ID: 5795 



Responsible for budgeting, forecasting and reporting of the agriculture area to enhance business decision-making and to identify, quantify and control financial risk. Providing relevant financial business intelligence and ad hoc analysis as required, and providing rigorous financial challenge and assessment to ensure optimum agriculture efficiency in partnership with our McCain growers.

The role requires a blend of strategic thinking, agriculture business savvy and hands-on involvement in the business.

The incumbent will work on a daily basis with other pillars of the finance organization and will be the “temple keeper” of financial accuracy and consistency. In addition, the  Agriculture Controller will be involved in numerous cross-functional activities and will therefore work with all areas of the organization.




Key Accountabilities


  • Leadership
    • Encourage and relentlessly promote our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment across the whole organization.
    • Actively participate in setting up challenging yet achievable department objectives, in line with the Finance Organization goals.
    • Work on job rotation across the department (and even outside of it) to ensure business continuity and team development.
    • Participate in the development of a true entrepreneurial and team culture within the organization.


  • Forecasting

The Deputy Agriculture Controller coordinates the entire Agriculture forecasting process with the Agriculture Controller. As such, it is the cornerstone of the rolling forecast exercises and ensures consistency across the whole chain. This includes amongst others:

    • Forecast planning: Coordination of the quarterly forecast planning, including the retro-planning necessary to develop the regional forecast.
    • Data collection: One of the process’ key steps is to assemble all the data underlying the forecast scenario.
    • Assumptions validations: Ensures robust assumptions are considered (e.g. potato requirement, coverage request by business line, non-potato costs,,…) within the exercise. Together with Agriculture Leadership Team, the Deputy Agriculture Controller will guarantee challenged yet achievable targets are considered.
    • Key drivers analysis: Understanding the key rationales behind the numbers is of utmost importance. In coordination with her/his peers, the Controller will provide with sound interpretation of variances in order to build strong narratives.
    • Risks and Opportunities: identification and quantification of risks and opportunities to be included in the forecast exercise.
    • Deadlines: Strict respect of regional and corporate deadlines.


  • Standard Costs process

The Controller supports the Costing Department in computing the total annual standard cost of goods process and quarterly global forecast submissions.

The Deputy Agriculture Controller will also be accountable for calculating the potato costs within the total standard costs.


  • Closing process

As part of the Finance Leadership Team, the ISC Director will ensure the ownership of the closing process.

    • Together with the accounting department, the incumbent will certify consistency of main accounting entries and anticipate major changes that could materially affect the forecast exercise.

Together with the commercial controllers, allocation rules will be reviewed to certify their rationality vs the business reality.



  • Actual business performance

Providing the Senior Management with a clear understanding of business performance is part of the role. As such, the team produces regular performance reports, which are including:

    • Weekly report: To review, assess and report weekly on our Agriculture risks and opportunities with actions required to mitigate risks The report also includes narratives on main business drivers and variances analysis.
    • Management report: Exhaustive reporting package distributed to the management team. To present thorough analysis and conclusions for potato price variances compared to annual budgets and quarterly forecasts with conclusions and actions required to ensure performance is on track as part of a monthly financial report.

Analysis and cost control of the Agriculture department fixed costs (including grading, overheads, quality, freight, washing costs, seeds costs and revenue,…)


  • Potato management
    • Support the Agriculture department in managing the potato surplus/shortage within the Region.
    • Handle the purchase of future contracts with the Treasury department.
    • Managing Account Receivable and Account Payable linked to the agriculture activity.
  • Processes

As key user of numerous transversal processes, the department will play an instrumental role in their optimization, development and documentation.

    • Optimize existing processes.
    • Implementation of new processes aiming at improving efficiency.
    • Documentation of existing processes in order to ensure continuity.


  • Systems

The Department owns the development of any financial model and will lead any new central tool implementation.

    • Financial models: the team is in charge of developing financial models to be used for forecasting purpose.


  • Compliance
    • Ensure full compliance of Global Policies;
    • Actively support internal and external auditors in their duty.



Education, skills and behaviour requirements:


  • Quantitative and analytical advanced skills.
  • Committed to respect deadlines.
  • Problem-solving skills and solutions oriented.
  • Bachelor s degree in finance.
  • 7 years of relevant experience, MBA/CPA is a plus.
  • Solid business partner.
  • Strong team player highly motivated who can effectively interface with and present results to all levels of management.
  • Must have expert excel skills for financial modelling.
  • Solid fundamental accounting knowledge.
  • Experience with enterprise-wide financial planning software systems (Hyperion, OneStream, SAP).
  • Strategic understanding.
  • Result and process orientation.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Fluency in English.



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): FR - France : Pas-de-Calais : Harnes  

Company: McCain Alimentaire SAS 

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