Sr. Manager, Corporate Financial Planning


Novozymes A/S




- Own and drive corporate financial planning processes in a role with clear business impact and CFO exposure


What if you could work for a cause, not just a company?


Novozymes is the global market leader in biological solutions. We help build better lives. Together with our customers, partners, and the global community, we use our innovative thinking and passion for science to boost industries and make everyday products more sustainable for the good of the planet. As the world’s leading provider of industrial enzymes and microorganisms, our bio-innovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many, many other biological solutions that the world can benefit from today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow.  With approx. 6.500 employees worldwide in 2021 Novozymes generated a revenue of DKK 14,95 billion (EBITDA DKK 5,42 billion). In 2019 Novozymes was ranked #7 in the world in Science magazine’s global Top Employers Survey. www.novozymes.com


At Novozymes, Business Finance is responsible for finance business partnering towards various divisional VP areas and business areas helping business to drive performance, value creation and profitability in close partnership with the global Division Leadership Teams. Finance business partnering in Novozymes is truly mature and on a high level with very skilled, ambitious and enthusiastic employees. ERP and consolidation system is SAP and Business Finance and Corporate Finance functions in Novozymes are well supported by Financial Service Center in India.


The Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team is part of the Business Finance organization and plays a pivotal role in enabling Business Finance to deliver on its winning aspiration: “As Business Partners, we will enable Novozymes strategy execution and impact decisions to maximize value, ensure focus on profitable growth and optimize resource allocation. We will ensure that Business Finance is a great place to work where we can learn and develop”. Responsibility of the FP&A team with ten dynamic employees (seven in Denmark and three in India) is to own and drive corporate financial planning processes as financial outlook, budgeting, forecasting, performance management, business finance analyses. FP&A also drive group management reporting, own the corporate performance management concept & governance, and support M&A business cases.


Process owner for the financial planning processes: budgeting, target setting, financial outlook and performance management for executive management

Novozymes is looking for a strong finance professional with a CFO mindset and a passion for financial planning and financial steering to take up the top management exposed role as Sr. Manager, Corporate Financial Planning. You will own the corporate financial planning processes and develop the newly established performance management process in close collaboration with finance functions across Novozymes. This is a fantastic opportunity to influence and gain insights into how Novozymes steer its financials and work with talented and passioned finance professionals.


Communication skills and stakeholder management is key in the role and besides CFO exposure and close interaction with Business Finance teams you get the possibility to interact with senior stakeholders, e.g. Finance Leadership team and Corporate Strategy, to develop decision material for executive management and Board of directors. Working with them you ensure that the corporate financial planning processes create business impact and competitive edge, which is essential. The position reports to the Director, Corporate FP&A whom reports to Vice President, Business Finance. The position is to some extent scalable to match candidate seniority. For the right candidate, it could over time potentially translate into a people manager position. Re sponsibilities and activities include:

·     As process owner, you will drive design and execution of financial planning processes and present business results and dilemmas to the finance leadership team and CFO. This includes the yearly Budgeting and Target setting process and the quarterly financial outlook process. You will own process facilitation, tool development and stakeholder alignment

·     Develop corporate performance management concept and orchestrate updates of KPIs and value boards for executive management - closely linked to Novozymes strategy

·     Play a key role in quarterly business reviews and drive the executive management pack

·     Influence digital journey and drive best practices within performance management and financial planning

·     Collaborate and engage with the full FP&A team and different finance functions

Location of the position is Novozymes headquarter in Bagsværd. Estimated travel activity is 0-5 days a year – in case of team events, conferences or similar – and with great flexibility and work life balance.


Highly capable finance profile with CFO mindset and passion for corporate financial planning

As Sr. Manager, Corporate Financial Planning, you possess the following experience and qualifications:


·     A Master’s degree in business administration, finance or economics (e.g. Cand.merc.FIR, MAC, AEF, FSM, ASC, AUD, Cand.polit / oecon or similar) with a solid academic track record

·     At least 7-8 years of relevant experience – gladly more – within business finance, management consulting or related. This could be from roles as experienced Finance Business Partners, Managers / Sr. Managers within FP&A, Finance Project Managers or a background from a financial consultancy providing CFO advisory and optimized finance processes

·     A solid financial toolbox. Experience with financial planning, designing or driving finance processes, as budget, forecast, financial outlook, performance management etc. is considered a plus

·     Proven ability and experience with facilitating and driving processes including experience with indirect leadership

·     Strong stakeholder management and communication skills as you will be working with all layers in the organization including communication to executive management and Board of Directors

·     Strong Excel, PowerPoint and English skills are a must

As the right candidate you have strong analytical and problem-solving skills as a founding structure for solid business acumen and a keen focus on how to enable business performance through value adding corporate financial planning processes. You thrive in owning, driving and optimizing processes bringing them alive in the organization backed up by a mature personality and excellent communication-, presentation- and stakeholder management abilities. You are a people person good at building report, with a “can do attitude” and you must value working in teams and not be afraid of challenging both yourself and others.

Novozymes Offers
A position in an industry leading company where you as Senior Manager will have the opportunity to work with corporate financial planning and taking it to the next level in one the most attractive companies working for a cause. The position will give you the overview of the financials in a complex organization with a high maturity level in the finance organization, CFO exposure and business impact. 

For the right person the position can over time potentially or translate into people management and develop into for instance other Director positions in Business Finance or strategy / commercial positions in e.g. Sales or Corporate Strategy / Business Development. The compensation and benefits package will besides a fixed salary include bonus and company paid pension scheme. 

Interested in the position?
Focus Recruitment supports Novozymes with the search process. If you find interest in the position or have questions, please contact Partner at Focus Recruitment, Steffen Marstrand, sma@focus-recruitment.dk / 5051 9215.

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