Operations Cost Controller

Lantmännen Unibake Benelux

Plats: Londerzeel

Lantmännen Unibake in België is één van de grotere business units binnen de gelijknamige grootste europese producent van diepvries brood & pastry in Europa.

De Belgische hoofdzetel coördineert (vaak beter gekend onder de naam "Pastridor") alle activiteiten in België, Nederland en Frankrijk.

In België zijn er productievestigingen in Londerzeel, Ganshoren en Moeskroen. Tesamen werken er ongeveer 350 werknemers op deze sites. In Nederland en Frankrijk is er een verkoopsstructuur.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a strong Operations Cost Controller to join our Finance team at Londerzeel.


As a designer you have to know exactly what you’re doing. You master the details. You commit. What you create has to be pure, smart and surprising. A joy for every day. That’s what makes Swedish design great. And guess what, it works wonders for us too.

We are Lantmännen Unibake, the second largest bakery group in Europe, with 37 industrial bakeries in 18 countries, and authentic Swedish roots. Our Pastridor & Schulstad brands are true quality references.

Every day, our 6,000 employees ensure that the world can enjoy our Better Bread, Easy-to-Eat (Fast-food & Savories) and Sweet Moments categories. We offer high-quality bakery products and innovative solutions, which is how we create value, safety and enjoyment for highly demanding customers and consumers on a daily basis. That is our passion. Our design method.

Our ambition is to become the global leading bakery group and most trusted expert.

In our search for further growth and professionalization, we are looking for a dynamic Operations Cost Controller who wants to boost his/her career with an outspoken challenging position with impact. You will be based in Londerzeel.


Lantmännen Unibake is the second largest bakery group in Europe with 37 bakeries in 18 countries across Europe and markets its frozen and fresh bakery products for retail and food service markets in more than 60 markets around the world. The company is part of Lantmännen, an agricultural cooperative and Northern Europe’s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, which is owned by 25,000 Swedish farmers, has 10,000 employees, operations in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of more than 4 billion Euro. This strong ownership structure makes it possible for daughter company Lantmännen Unibake to take long term decisions rooted in a constant care for the earth and deep respect for natural resources and raw materials, whilst also providing the solid platform for the growth process that the company has been going through over the last years, both through organic growth and M&A. Realizing a modest € 45 million in 1984, by 1995 the company had tripled in size and doubled again by 2005, only to triple again in size to reach the € 1 billion mark in 2015 (through a very large acquisition in Finland). The aim for the next few years is to continue on this path of profitable growth through autonomous growth and acquisitions whilst maintaining a solid financial position and to realize a turnover of € 2,5 bio by 2020.

The company believes in structured entrepreneurship, which translates in high autonomy of the country clusters. BeNeFrItEs (Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain) is one of 6 country clusters, having its headquarters in Londerzeel, Belgium. The BeNeFrItEs cluster has a turnover of around € 140 million, the bulk of which is generated in Belgium (€ 40 mio), Netherlands (€ 25 mio) and intercompany Sales (€ 50 mio), with Spain, France, Italy and Portugal sharing the remainder. There are 3 production sites in the region, all of them situated in Belgium, including a state-of-the-art facility in Londerzeel, which has just gone operational following an investment of € 100 million.

We currently have an opportunity for a dynamic Operations Cost Controller to join our Finance team at Londerzeel.

Primary areas of responsibility:

•To run the cost calculation process for our three factories (Londerzeel, Ganshoren & Moeskroen), making accurate price quotes with clear communication of assumptions, in a timely and correct way, giving the necessary input to the commercial team

•To make sure that the necessary information is up to date in all systems at any time (ERP and BI)

•To capture changes in operations and communicate in a pro-active way the financial impact on changes in assumptions such as raw material prices, capacity or operational performance towards the different stakeholders

•To have full control on the cost price methodology according to the guideline and at the same time implement new processes and procedures whilst improving current processes and procedures to improve efficiency.

•To have a close link with the accounting department in order to assure that the financial figures in the operations area are accurate and transparent

•To support the Business operations controllers for the production of financial information for forecasting, budget and monthly performance information.

•To assist in the budget process supporting the business operations controllers, preparing the cost model and offer a clear view on conversion Cost Bridge.

•To be flexible in approach and able to adapt to change and support adhoc reporting requirements.

•To have a genuine interest in operations, and at the same time act as an independent within the Production area to maintain our financial/control processes to achieve both internal and external audit compliance.

•Work close together with the Commercial Controllers, Finance controller and the Operations team.

Your base is Londerzeel but travel to Moeskroen is necessary (minimum 1 day/week). You will report to the Senior Business Operations Controller.

The successful candidate:

•Holds a Master Degree in Finance (Commercial Engineering, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, etc.).

•Has a background in cost and project accounting and have experience within a Manufacturing environment.

•Has excellent communication skills with all levels in the hierarchy.

•Is proficient in using excel, with the ability to pick up new platforms quickly?

•Is methodical with good attention to detail and can count on profound analytical skills.

•Is used to working to tight deadlines.

•Enthusiastic, confident, self-motivated and eager to drive change, a quick learner and team player

•Profound knowledge of MS office especially Excel and PowerPoint.

•Fluent in Dutch and English (speaking and writing)

We offer a position in which you can really influence the business decisions by delivering insights that will shape our future. Therefore, you need to be a strong business partner. In this role you have the opportunity to work closely with our colleagues in the markets we operate in.

We would welcome you to start as soon as possible and join our growth journey!


Massart Gregory
Tel: +32 470820593