Finance Manager


Germains Seed Technology is an ABF (Associated British Foods plc) company with a global footprint.  Germains’ mission is to ‘maximise nature’s potential’ by using its seed technology processing know-how and deep expertise to unlock the genetic potential of seeds for food production.

For our European business we have sites in the UK, the Netherlands and in Spain. This role will oversee all the transactional financial activities for all our sites in Europe. The activities are managed within one team with employees working from our site in the UK as well as in the Netherlands. The Finance Manager will work closely together with other colleagues from the central finance team and with the Finance Business Partner.

Role Purpose

Lead the transactional Finance, AP and AR functions for the European business unit and Germains Central. Accountable for managing payments and receipts, including prompt payment to suppliers and receipt of income from customers. Key controls are balance sheet reconciliations, integrity of payments, credit card management, expenses, bank reconciliations, asset audits, finance master data and payroll controls. Other key duties are management of the AR & AP team, VAT and tax reporting, completeness and accuracy of financial information in the EU business units ERP and finance systems. The job holder must be able to demonstrate compliance with Germains and ABF Group financial controls. Currently the role also covers NL payroll, expected to transfer to AB Agri in future.

Role Objectives

  • Accounts payable / Accounts receivable- Accountable for prompt payment to suppliers and related controls. Accountable for prompt receipt of income from customers and related controls. Credit card admin. Intercompany balances. Expenses processing and controls.
  • Banking / Payments / Tax- Payment approvals and controls. Daily bank reconciliations. VAT checking and submitting returns.
  • Fixed Asset admin /Stock- Fixed Asset administration. FCFQ submission for related controls. Stock rec support.
  • Period End- Statutory reporting and Year end packs. Sales reporting at period end, supporting EU FBP. Period End balance sheet reconciliations. Post journals as needed for Claims, Rebates and Sales accruals and others where needed.
  • People Management- Manage a team of 4 account assistants based in the UK and in the Netherlands. Setting SMART objectives, manage performance and makes sure there is a shared accountability to achieve within the team. Creates a learning environment and enables personal growth for people within the team.
  • Audits- Support internal and external audits in UK and NL, ensuring files requested are provided in a timely manner and reviewed for completion.
  • Financial controls / Payroll- Ensure financial control checks are carried out accurately on payment runs before authorising. Analyse, recommend and implement changes to the ERP and financial system to further support the requirements of the finance department.
  • Continuous Improvement- Identify and implement process improvements within the finance department to improve efficiency, demonstrate controls and provide cost savings.


CIMA/ ACCA (or equivalent) qualified finance professional. The job holder should be educated to degree level standard with evidence of further studies carried out in a professional capacity.

Good working knowledge of AP & AR. Highly competent in using Excel and other Microsoft packages.


Competency Profile

Consider knowledge, experience, any formal qualifications genuinely necessary or any key areas of knowledge.

To maintain effective, co-operative working relationships with all internal and external customers, providing advice and solutions where practical and possible
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
Excellent analytical skills, being able to derive information and gather insights from data easily
Strong people management skills. The ability to inspire, engage and develop a team.
Result driven mindset. Finds effective and structured way of delivering results.
Experience working in Agriculture business.


Other Factors
This role will support teams in the Netherlands, Spain and UK sites and therefore may require spending time in both the UK and Netherlands sites.
Additional work, including project work, identified as necessary for the operation of the business.
Working across different time zones, flexibility on hours may be required at times to meet business objectives.


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