Senior Cost Analyst

Continental Beverages

Ref: MP991-01
Continental Beverages

The Role

The Role


The Senior Cost Analyst is responsible for performing in-depth analyses of all costs and for developing analytical tools and reports to identify areas of over spending, inefficiency and waste.


•Perform in-depth analyses of all spending (Cost of Goods Sold, departmental costs and Overheads) in order to highlight areas where corrective action is necessary.

•Develop cost analytical tools, reports, systems and processes to support all functions of the operations process.

•Engage directly the functional heads to pursue productivity and efficiency initiatives, as well as to maximize the utilization of resources.

•Help senior management understand the drivers of the most significant cost variances within the monthly reporting cycle.

•Translate very detailed cost analyses into actionable summary reports.

•Provide analytic support for special projects.




•Minimum of 10 years of costing analysis experience in a manufacturing environment.

•Strong ERP Systems (Preferably Navision) skills, exposure to data mining, business intelligence and reporting tools.

• Proven Financial Analysis capabilities.

•Able to see the Financial “big picture” with a willingness to understand the smallest details.

•Excellent analytical and diagnostic skills with a passion for understanding the drivers of cost behaviors.

•Excellent planning and organizational skills, plus the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.

•Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to present financial information to non-financial function heads.

•Ability to support a cross-functional plant and head office management team.

•Proven ability to prioritize deliverables and duties.

•Self-motivated with ability to work autonomously and to contribute in a team setting.

•A “hands-on" style and must have a collaborative team player ethic.

•High level of proficiency using PC spreadsheets and MS Office.


•University Degree or equivalent within Finance / Business Management / Computer Science.

•MBA would be a major advantage.

About the Company

About the Company

Continental Beverages is PepsiCo’s largest independent bottler group in Africa with 6,000 employees and 14 bottling plants located in Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana. Continental Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lebanon-based MAK Holdings and the company’s head office is located in Beirut.

The company began operations in 1960, in Nigeria, as the Seven-Up Bottling Company and eventually it took over the Pepsi bottling business in Nigeria. The Nigerian operation, still known as the Seven-Up Bottling Company, has market leadership in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, and has a nationwide market share of 40%.

In 2001, Continental Beverages acquired the Pepsi bottling business in Tanzania and in 2005 the company took market leadership in the capital city Dar es Salaam and other key cities. Nationwide, our market share is 38%.

In 2005, the company was named PepsiCo’s bottler of the year in the Africa and Middle East region, the fourth time it won that honor in the previous ten years. In 2009, it was runner-up in PepsiCo’s worldwide bottler of the year competition, after having won the worldwide honors for the first time in 2003.

In 2008, the company acquired the Pepsi bottling business in Ghana and we are improving Pepsi’s market share and performance in that country.

In 2010, the company broke ground on building a bottling plant in Kenya and production and sales of PepsiCo products will begin in 2012.

Continental Beverages currently produces and sells 8 million servings of Pepsi-Cola, 7-Up, Mirinda and Mountain Dew products every day
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