DS Smith

Operations Finance Manager

DS Smith
Featherstone, West Yorkshire / hybrid
Competitive salary
30 Jun 2022
19 Jul 2022
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant, Manager

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Packaging Division as an Operations Finance Manager, supporting our Operations Finance Business Partner and the team across our six manufacturing sites in the North of the UK. Within the role, you will provide analysis and insight to support and challenge the business, to facilitate cost control and continual improvement in operational KPIs.

We want you to understand and communicate where and how the business can create value, collaborating with site general management and looking at ways that we can improve operational performance. You will provide data and insight into key drivers around cost, productivity, waste and fibre efficiency that will help to influence decision making within the business. You will get involved with site level analysis to understand the performance of specific assets and be involved with the business reporting cycle – month end, forecasting and budgeting.

The role will see you managing the cost modelling process, being responsible for the inputs and data provide by each site, ensuring consistency and accuracy in a timely fashion when attributing costs to assets, supporting our understanding of product profitability and efficiency over time.

You will provide insight to help the teams better understand the drivers of conversion costs, working with finance to champion the drive for working capital, looking at innovative solutions to analyse data differently, and developing good governance processes to enable smooth unit control reviews and internal audits.

You will also assist with the preparation of investment activity programmes, producing the required financials and documentation to support projects, and helping to evaluate our investments through pre and post investment appraisals.


We can offer a hybrid working pattern with this position, with flexibility to travel required to several of our manufacturing sites across the North of the UK – Livingston, Lockerbie, Newcastle, Featherstone, Burscough, Belper.

About you

Minimum requirements: 

  • Educated to degree level, with an accounting qualification (ACA, CIMA or ACCA)
  • At least one year of post-qualified experience in a finance analysis role
  • A strong understanding of financial management and reporting, financial controls and processes, implementation and governance
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, innovative, confident, able to influence business stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment (preferably manufacturing), able to adapt to change and to make quick decisions
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (specifically Excel)


  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays  
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Pension and share scheme
  • Life assurance and income protection
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and corporate discounts

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