Finance Director ASEAN

Kimberly Clark
Singapore, Singapore
Competitive salary
28 Sep 2020
27 Oct 2020
Job role
Finance director
Experience level
Finance Director ASEAN

Job Description


The ASEAN business consists of Consumer and KCP and is headquartered out of Singapore. It is amongst the fastest-growing regions in Kimberly-Clark and an important sub-region for Asia-Pacific's future growth. The ASEAN cluster reports into the APAC region. Consumer operates across countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia in all three main categories (Baby & Child Care - Huggies; Feminine Care - Kotex; and Family Care - Kleenex and Scott). There are local manufacturing mills located in all countries except the Philippines, producing products in all three categories for domestic and export destinations across ASEAN and abroad.

The Finance DirectorASEAN (FD) is a senior leader who is a member of the APAC Finance Leadership Team (APFLT) and the ASEAN Leadership Team. This position leads and coordinates the finance teams across ASEAN including country controllership, country business analysts and mill analysts.

Main Responsibilities
  • Reporting to the VP & CFO APAC, the candidate is responsible for managing the ASEAN Finance function, and delivering high levels of organization effectiveness through business support. The country Finance Directors across the 6 countries reports into this role.
  • Be accountable for the integrity of all financial processes and be the principal business partner to the Managing Director ASEAN, as well as Manufacturing Director ASEAN, HR Director ASEAN and the marketing and product and technical development (P&TD) group working on the ASEAN business.
  • This role also works closely with the country General Managers across the 6 markets.
  • Work closely with the APAC Shared Services team to ensure financial results are accurately reported to management, stakeholders, and appropriate external parties.
  • Lead, manage and inspire the Finance team across ASEAN to meet the business and finance objectives.
  • Ensure adherence to K-C corporate financial policies, internal controls and instructions, and to communicate any major and/or continuing non-conformance to the APAC Regional and Corporate Controller's office.
  • Ensure the availability of funds to meet the company's requirements for day to day operations and capital expenditures both short and long term.
  • Influence profit direction by evaluating business plans and capital appropriations, product variation proposals and post-project completion reports, to ensure the best use of the company's resources.
  • Manage the ASEAN business analysis team to performing strategic, financial and operational analysis to facilitate sound business decision to country business team including the:
  • Manage monthly reporting including financial performance dashboard, tracking cost savings, and other key performance indicator reports. This also specifically includes managing and tracking ASEAN sector (regional) cost spending across all the ASEAN functional departments [general management, marketing, P&TD, product supply, finance, HR, legal, etc.]
    • Timely analysis of business performance and assessment of business risks and opportunities.
    • Coordinating the annual budget and quarterly financial forecasting, as well as long range (Strategic Business Plan) planning.
    • Coordinating the semi-annual country Consumer volume projections for the purposes of maintaining an evergreen updated ASEAN manufacturing footprint plan, which will help us plan requisite new asset additions.
    • Perform financial evaluation of business opportunities and activities such as new product launches, product design upgrades, and significant marketing investments.
    • Provide timely and meaningful business and financial insight to enable good decisions to be made.
    • Perform financial evaluation of capital projects to ensure profitable business decision and review completed projects to determine profitability and achievement of original objective.
    • Identify and make recommendations that optimize business processes and reporting to improve financial performance.
  • Support the implementation of business system development projects and processes.
  • Ensure that that the tax activities, including the preparation and filing of all tax returns, the maintenance of tax expense and liability accounts, and the timely payment of tax liabilities are met across ASEAN. This includes indirect taxes such as GST and VAT.
  • Work with Corporate and APAC regional on any legal entity restructuring initiatives for an improved and streamlined ownership structure across K-C.
  • Lead the development of the finance team across ASEAN primarily for direct reports, including work on and implementing individual focused development plans and succession planning. Actively promote (and participate in) training and development of team members.

  • Degree in Finance or Accounting, preferably CPA, ACCA or CIMA qualified. MBA an advantage.
  • At least 15+ years exposure to corporate business, including 5 years at a Finance Director level position in a multi-national company. Fast moving consumer good (FMCG) or consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry experience an advantage.
  • Demonstrated strength or success in business partnering with commercial organizations (country Managing Directors; Sales and Marketing teams).
  • Proven track record of good leadership, developing people, interpersonal and communication skills. Enthusiasm, energy and great engagement are key attributes that we would like in the candidate.
  • The incumbent must have demonstrated strengths in strategic thinking, functional technical skills, and business analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of company financial policies and practices and a high level of knowledge of computer systems, capital investment analysis and forecasting techniques are required.
  • Knowledge or prior work experience in controllership / accounting, tax, internal control and / or and exposure to manufacturing operations would be an advantage.
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills; and SAP knowledge would be helpful.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and tight time demands.
  • Stakeholder communication up and across the organization.
Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:
Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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