Manager Global Strategy Implementation - Hillebrand
What do you do?
Hillebrand is a global market leader, with an innovative global logistics network & presence in 90 countries and a turnover of > €1.4bn. They seek to capitalize on strengthening their leading market position within BWS & Industrial Bulk Liquids as well as pursue new growth avenues, both autonomously as through an active global buy-and-build strategy. The pathway for this ambition has been embodied in the new Business Plan, including all strategic initiatives which will lead to realizing the ambition to double in size by 2025.
The position of Manager Global Strategy Implementation has been created on group level to assist in executing the Strategy Plan in the Business. You will act as the advisor of the Executive Board, setting up a quarterly reporting deck on the performance of the strategic initiatives. This will include a thorough analysis and advice on variances in deliverables, milestones & timelines. You will present the initiatives that over/under perform, which have a direct impact on the realisation of the strategy or business decisions and/or that the EB should address.
You will start by setting up a scalable performance tracking framework (PMO) which will enable you to track all (global) strategic business initiatives. For some of these initiatives the deliverables, milestones and timelines are already defined, but others might also need advice in translating the business plan into strategic, tactical and operational deliverables. The projects will be carried out on country, regional or cross functional business line level and the ownership & accountability for these projects lies within the business. You will monitor, challenge and advice the business on project performance and act as the extension towards the EB for them.
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Initially your core focus will be setting up the performance tracking framework and assisting the business with translating the strategy into tactical and operational deliverables. Once the (PMO) foundation is solid, you will assist BI/Business Control and Corporate Development (M&A) in strategic projects. You will be involved in ad hoc analysis and business cases such as the profitability analysis on customers and/or tradelanes, business integration or capex investment, up to assisting M&A with market-, target- and/or synergy analysis and corporate development opportunities.
Who are you?
We are looking for a confident, highly communicative and ambitious financial (consultant). Somebody who can act both on C-level as well as create strong relationships with, support and if necessary influence the business. You bring the analytical capacity and eagerness to really understand and grasp the key drivers and complexity of the business in order to add value. You can engage in and switch between strategic topics and detailed/operational topics while being meticulous and razor-sharp on both levels.
“Working for A-labels brands, hospitality and retail organisations such as AB-Inbev, Heineken, Ahold & Tesco, an international footprint in 90 countries and 2700+ colleagues from all over the world, Hillebrand is a truly global, multicultural business. Reaching the size of a “corporate”, they still have the entrepreneurial mindset, decentralized business model and adaptivity to quickly react to (business) opportunities. In this position you are going to make a huge impact on Hillebrand’s’ growth journey. The strategic initiatives span across all domains and/or countries. This requires very strong stakeholder management skills where you have to be able to engage and motivate others, tailor your communication style and relate to all levels in the organisation. Someone who has an eye for cultural differences and has proven international exposure. You will get to know the business through and through, and will be well positioned for further (international) growth opportunities.”
Master degree in Finance, Strategy, Business Economics
Min. 3-5 years of experience within Strategy or Financial Advisory (M&A, Post-Merger Integration, Restructuring)
Excellent communication skills in English
Comfortable working with project management tools & analyses, proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Experience with Finance tools (e.g. Unit4), Business Intelligence tools (e.g. Qlik or PowerBI) or similar tools for analysing, organizing, visualizing, collaborating, tracking, reporting and communicating.
Ability to distill complex business issues and strategies to highlight insights and actionable recommendations in a concise and persuasive manner.
Ability to lead cross-functional collaboration in a highly matrixed and complex environment.
You are detail oriented, self-starter, structured, high sense of urgency and ownership
You have the attention to follow-through, get-the-job-done approach and a strong can-do mentality
More about Hillebrand
Founded in 1844 in Germany, Hillebrand is the global leading solutions provider in the forwarding, transport and logistics of beverages and other products that require special care. The company has shown strength, flexibility, adaptability and resilience, growing from one small office and moving wine barrels on carts and barges, to the innovative global logistics network it is today. In 2021, it operates as a cohesive network generating revenue of €1.4bn with a team of 2,700 professionals, located in 90 countries, offering services and tailor-made solutions to help their customers’ business grow.
The organisation was built on a vision to operate within every wine producing and consuming area around the world, with people who act locally and connect globally. Strategically locating offices close to market, it is also present in every country where beer and spirits are crafted and through this network every aspect of shipping is managed – from origin to destination. Hillebrand has achieved this through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions and its ability to adapt to the changing demands in both the logistics and beverage environment.
Hillebrand takes pride in being an innovative group, ever changing and adapting to the needs of the markets in which they operate. As well as offering first class logistics services, their companies also lead the way in the development of leading edge products, services and IT tools for the industries in which they operate. However, while they continue to grow and expand their horizons, they also recognize that it is the people, ideas and values that enable them to do what they do.
Their mission is to deliver their customers’ products in a reliable way, with ultimate care and the shortest possible transit times. They manage logistics and transport for any quantity from a single bottle to bulk, from all origins to all destinations, for all modalities. They make logistics simple for their customers and are valued for the care they take of the products, their reliable and efficient solutions and friendly and easy way of doing business.
The next phase in the company’s journey is inspired by its rich heritage and focuses on accelerated growth, enhancing customer experience and positioning it as the undisputed leader in logistics of goods that deserve special care. This ambitious growth agenda is supported by an international Private Equity firm, since several years the majority shareholder in Hillebrand.
Expansion into other products, related to the beverage business or that require special care with similar needs to wine; temperature protection, careful handling, and prevention from oxidation and contamination, such as some olive and consumable oils, fruit juices and other food.
Expansion of service offering to existing customers for other products they require, including the logistics of corks, bottles, malt and hops which also need to be transported with care and precision.
Extension of presence in emerging markets to continue to growing its footprint, autonomously and by strategic acquisitions.
Reinforcement of inland transportation within USA and Europe.
Development of services: high value beverage transport, new routes to market, greener transport options, launch of new flexitanks in the market.
Continue building a workplace that is fun, challenging and satisfying.
Delivery of the best customer experience through a unique digital customer journey, and excellent quality of service.
Hillebrand has a strong heritage which has been built over the last more then 175. With a decentralized structure, Hillebrand has always been able to adapt and anticipate optimally on local needs and challenges.
With the strong ambition and continuing its strong growth path there is an increasing need for professionalization and creating robust processes. As a result of this and in order to be able to add value to the ambitious goals, people need to be hands on, dedicated and fully committed. High levels of accountability and performance are imperative in reaching the company’s objectives.