Posted time 17/05/24 Location London, United Kingdom

Role Overview

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as a Head of Treasury Operations and Transformation to work in a truly global environment taking responsible for overseeing all aspects of treasury operations and change within the group, reporting to the Group Finance Director. This role requires substantial experience of implementing treasury related systems, processes and organisations, as well as a exceptional understanding of cash management, financial markets, liquidity management, risk management, and compliance with regulatory requirements. The incumbent will play a critical role in ensuring the efficient and effective management of the company’s financial resources.

Business Overview

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 2,800 people in 43 countries and annual revenue in excess of $8bn. We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. Corporate responsibility is ingrained in our culture. We are passionate about sustainable production, take care to limit the environmental impact of our operations and actively support the communities in which we work.

Key Accountabilities

Treasury Operations:

  • Lead treasury operations team and ensure smooth execution of daily treasury activities, including payments, and cash reconciliations.
  • Maintain banking platforms and treasury management systems (Kyriba, etc.) to support efficient treasury operations.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to enhance controls and mitigate operational risks.
  • Review and approve treasury transactions and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations.
  • Implement appropriate controls and segregation of duties.

Risk Management:

  • Help identify assess, and mitigate financial risks, including interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk, and credit risk.
  • Monitor market developments and recommend adjustments to risk management strategies as needed.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, such as finance, accounting, and legal departments, to ensure alignment of risk management practices with overall business objectives.

Compliance and Reporting:

  • Stay informed about regulatory changes impacting treasury operations and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Prepare treasury-related reports, disclosures, and compliance filings for internal management and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with internal and external auditors to facilitate audits of treasury activities and controls.
  • Implement best practices in treasury operations and maintain documentation to support compliance efforts.

Treasury Transformation:

  • Lead or participate in treasury-related transformation projects, such as system implementations, process improvements, or structure optimization initiatives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive efficiency, automation, standardization and innovation in treasury operations.
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies or tools to enhance treasury capabilities and productivity.
  • Create/update target operating model to align global operations to strategic goals.
  • Build a team based on strengths and capabilities, providing support, mentoring and development across operations and systems.
  • Re-engineer processes and workflows reducing manual intervention with automation and increased technical functionality to reduce operational risk and provide more accurate management and day to day information.
  • Reduce costs by leveraging economies of scale and increased efficiencies.
  • Provide enhanced management information based on increased visibility of accurate liquidity and funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and the business units to engender support for new initiatives.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or equivalent.
  • Qualified accountant or MBA or ACT preferred.
  • Proven and substantial experience in treasury operations, cash management, or corporate finance roles.
  • Deep understanding of financial instruments, banking products, and treasury systems and operations, as well as accounting understanding.
  • Substantial experience in middle or back-office operations area within a bank or an in-house treasury department.
  • Proven experience of working efficiently and accurately with high value payments (~$20m ~ $50m/week).
  • Experience working in an international environment with a variety of currencies.
  • Knowledge of structured commodity finance products including transactional bilateral, borrowing base and other asset backed structures.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated and driven; takes initiative to improve ways of working, governance, and assurance.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to maintaining high standards of accuracy and integrity.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, wide range of experience in treasury management systems and banking platforms, Kyriba highly advantageous.

As an ever-friendly reminder: Researchers have found that men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Women and other underrepresented groups tend to apply only when they check every box. If you are interested, but don’t feel like you meet every single point on the job description, please still apply!

Our Offer

We provide a fast-paced, stimulating and truly global environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the global leaders in soft commodity trading.

Our Values

Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus, Entrepreneurship

Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs that determine our actions and guide our behaviour. They influence the way we communicate and collaborate, and define the way we engage with our clients, partners, and communities. Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach. Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things. Our performance essentials are Take Initiative, Self‐Management, Deliver Results and Collaboration.

Our Commitment

We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and are focussed on actively building and developing diverse teams. All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process.