The job title

Assistant Finance Manager (FMCG / Food Manufacturing)

Contract Type
Full time
Competitive Pay: Including great benefits
Finance (Supply Chain)
Blackpool, North West England
Job Type
Start Date
Nov 29 2021 12:00AM

Our Blackpool bakery is our cookie centre of excellence, but that is not all we manufacture, we produce 35,000 tonnes of biscuits a year, this is the same as 175 Blue Whales, or 5500 Elephants. I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of biscuits. 


As part of the Bakery Finance Team, you will help keep them in check and share key information for standard costings (i.e. recipe and raw ingredient costs, Packaging, Labour costs etc.). In your role as the Assistant Finance Manager, you will have a leadership role is ensuring the sites annual budget of £73 million is maintained. You'll also work at a bakery that has an annual Capex investment of c.£1.5 million a year, including automation projects. You will play a significant role in creating management information around ROI plans & monitoring success of current and past Capex investment.


If you are a Management Accountant looking to take the next senior step in your career, or an Assistant Finance Manager looking to take on a role where you can have a real influence in the success of the Blackpool bakery. Then is the a great next role for you.


Location: Blackpool Bakery, Lancashire (onsite 4 days a week with 1 day a week working from home)


Competitive Pay: Including great benefits, Company performance related bonus (paid out the last 4 years), 25 days holiday plus the option to buy up to an extra 5 days a year. A continued focus on career development, training and progression. Enhanced pension scheme, plus access to our Rewards Benefits Gateway (Bake My Day), our employees say on average £300 a year.


Contract: Permanent, Full Time


So, who Are Burton’s Biscuits?


We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson’s Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!


‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’.


At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic, being entrepreneurial and being supportive to each other to meet our common goals…oh and did we mention having fun?!


Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.


As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.


Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.


Within our Burton’s group, we have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans. In total we employ circa 2,100 people around across our locations.


Burton’s Biscuits is owned by Ferrero and we are proud to be part of such a fantastic and successful business. The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 Countries and their products are sold in over 170 Countries. We are delighted to be part of the Ferrero group which represents over 37,000 employees across the world and has a consolidated turnover of €12.3 billion (2020).


So, if you want to work in the wonderful world of biscuits, work with great people, across all functions… then this is the role for you. There is a reason we’re rated 4.7 out of 5 on Glassdoor!


We don’t want to bore you with just a Job description - we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?


So let’s start with ….…


What is the main focus of your role?

As the Assistant Finance Manager, you will have a clearly defined role. You will be responsible for managing the day to day finance activity. Support the Blackpool Finance strategy and aid in the delivery of annual finance improvement plan, providing support to the site to deliver our annual objectives.



What knowledge do you need to have to be successful in this role?

You will need to be as a minimum a part qualified accountant (or qualified by experience). You will need have excellent Excel skills (Lookups, Pivot tables etc.).


Comfortable with finance systems (knowledge of SAP, TM1 Cognos, ERP systems would be desirable but not essential) & comfortable analysing data presenting conclusions to key stakeholders.


Good experience of P&L and balance sheet postings and reconciliations, ideally we’d like to see some experience or knowledge of standard costings.



Final Part of the Mix

As you can see from the number of Blue Whales we manufacture, or biscuits in our case. The world of biscuit manufacturing is fast paced, so you need to be accustomed to working in a fast-paced, pressured environment.


Great communications skills are a must, as you’ll need to build key relationships with a number of functions.


You experience in Food Manufacturing is needed, so you may have also had Management Accounting experience in the Retail, Supply Chain, FMCG Manufacturing, Construction, Utilities, Logistics, Automotive to name a few. Or have strong Standard Costing Experience from another sector.