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AP Manager

Your role

As AP Manager you are in charge of the account payable team for Interfood Europe and end-to-end process owner for the P2P process. Your team consists of 10 colleagues (7,8 FTE) split across our offices in Bladel (NL) and Warsaw (PL). The AP team in each office is headed by a teamlead who reports directly to you as AP manager. You will report to the Finance Director of Interfood Europe.

Interfood Europe has ca. EUR 2.6 billion turnover and processes in excess of 70.000 invoices annually. After having completed the implementation of a state-of-the-art AP solution (Esker) we are now in the process of revamping our underlying purchase-to-pay processes in order to drive our first-time right and ‘touchless processing’ performance upwards. Your job will be to lead the AP team in a journey to becoming a best-in-class operation which is highly automated and focusing on adding value rather than only day-to-day processing of incoming invoices. Our goal is to go from the ~2% automation of our incoming invoice flow to 90%, so there’s enough work to be done! Our long-term goal is to move towards a Shared Service Centre for the P2P process of the entire group, when this project kicks off you will be expected to be the project lead and centralising all of the group’s global P2P processes in the EU. More than enough challenges for an ambitious finance professional!

You will join a highly motivated and knowledgeable team which is looking for a leader to take them along on this journey to the future and teach them new skills/insights along the way.

Our business is very dynamic and has an interesting level of complexity, there is never a dull moment. Do you thrive in this type of environment and are you looking for the next step in your career to take full ownership of an expansive purchase-to-pay process and drive the further professionalisation of our AP department? Then you’re the one we want, having the right attitude is key and will make you highly successful at Interfood. We’re growing quickly, which also means there’s more than enough room for you own initiatives and for you to make an impact. As a company we are very ambitious and value our people, which means we invest in your personal development and offer flexible working arrangements.

We are looking for a top-of-class colleague that is not afraid of a challenge and will push her/himself and the rest of the colleagues to the next level.

As our new AP Manager you:

  • lead the EU AP team including responsibility for the development of team members and the annual performance cycle.
  • ensure smooth running of the P2P process on a daily basis together with the team leads.
  • motivate the AP team, thereby driving strong performance of each team member.
  • regularly travel to our Warsaw office (a minimum of 3/4 times annually) to facilitate the further integration of Dutch and Polish AP-colleagues.
  • set P2P process and AP-team KPI’s and taking ownership for achieving them.
  • identify and execute P2P process improvements.
  • manage P2P stakeholders, both internally (other departments) and externally (suppliers and service providers).
  • develop and give trainings on P2P-sytems.
  • design, maintain and provide management information regarding the P2P process.
  • drive formalisation of guidelines and user instructions for the P2P process.

Your profile

Bachelor's or Master's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or related fields.
A minimum of 10 years working experience in the field of finance with a proven track record in purchase-to-pay excellence. And at least 3 years experience leading larger teams including coaching of team members and annual performance cycles.
Excellent language and communication skills (Dutch and English, both verbally and written).
Connector who will pro-actively involve and collaborate with other departments involved in the P2P process (e.g. Logistics, Commercial, R&D, etc.).
Clear affinity with automation and working with advanced systems.
Strong analytical skills including proficiency with Excel, ERP-systems and AP software solutions.
Enterprising, looking for opportunities and proactively coming up with ideas.
Self-conscious and open to development opportunities (we have an open and honest culture in which constructive feedback is the norm, regardless of your position).

Your colleagues

Jasper Vervaat 2
Jasper Vervaat
Finance Director

Why Interfood?
Interfood is a unique Company. Having spent 8+ years as an auditor for KPMG I have seen 50+ Companies of different sizes and across all sorts of industries and I’ve never encountered one like Interfood. We have a great combination of the complexity and dynamics of a large multinational (>EUR 3 billion turnover) with the directness and long-term focus of a flat, non-listed Company. At Interfood you will always be challenged find ways to improve everyday (improve the way we do things, but also improve yourself as a professional and as a person) and make an impact on our operations. Interfood is a dynamic trading company with a strong focus on a sustainability and transparency, where else will you find this? I strongly urge anyone interested to invest some time in the application process for one of our vacancies, I’m confident you’ll be convinced.

What do you expect from your new colleague?
I expect that all of our colleagues are motivated and committed to improving all aspects of their jobs and themselves a little bit each day. We want to be the best at what we do from all angles, whether that is commercially, operationally or otherwise, I expect you to contribute to that effort. We have a strong teamwork mindset which is captured in our Company purpose, ‘together for better’. I strongly believe in this myself, if we all bring the aforementioned mindset everyday and work together there’s nothing we can’t achieve. We have a open culture where transparency and honest (constructive) feedback is the norm along with (extreme) ownership. An important factor in our success is that nobody points the finger at anyone else, but always looks at what they could have done to improve the outcome themselves first. This is the ultimate catalyst for purposeful personal growth.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love my work, so I’ll be honest and tell you that I spend a lot of time working, however I also believe that work/life harmony is key to sustained top-level performance. Every morning I get up early to exercise, meditate, journal and read, this sets me up for a great day every time. My wife and I also enjoy everything to do with food, growing it in our garden, cooking and, of course, eating it! We also love being in the outdoors going on long walks with our dog called Bacon. The remaining time I have left over I spend on my lifelong passion, classic cars. I love working on and driving in my 1972 Alfa Romeo GT Junior when the weather allows it.

I’m eager to get to know what makes you enthusiastic and find out if there’s a fit between yourself and Interfood!

Jeroen Fenne
Jeroen Fenne
Teamlead AP

Why Interfood?

Interfood is a great place to work with a dynamic and inspiring work environment. Also the work/life balance is positive, just like the culture and the people working here. Personal development is important within Interfood and there is enough opportunity to do so, to grow with the Company and to develop yourself personally and professionally as much as possible. Therefore, Interfood's purpose and mentality of 'Together for better” is a great fit for all of us.

What do you expect from your new colleague?

In line with our corporate values, I expect someone who is committed to the job, who loves to work within a team, who thinks in opportunities and continuously wants to improve. A professional that is not afraid to come up and share ideas and someone who feels responsible for the work, the company, the team and the world around us. Working hard is important, but having a laugh from time to time is something we all need as well.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like spending time with my family, in my opinion the most important aspect of life. Next to that I enjoy playing handball and I have big love for music and photography.

Our offer

  • Competitive compensation and benefits. Salary depends on your experience and education.
  • 40 hour work week, 25 holidays.
  • We value your personal development and have a strategic focus on our learning program.
  • Free delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch.
  • Free gym inside our office.
  • Participate in fun team activities.

About Interfood

Do you like to work for an international company? Do you value professionality and quality? Are you comfortable in a dynamic environment? But on the other hand looking for cooperation in a close and informal team? Then Interfood is the ideal employer for you.

The Interfood Group is a leading global dairy trading company (milk powders, butter, cheese, dairy blends etc.). The Group consists of 14 offices in all continents with more than 350 employees. Our constant strive for optimal quality, up-to-date knowledge and a profound focus on service, enables Interfood to create the difference for its robust network of both clients and suppliers.

Interfood keeps on growing and developing by its proactive market approach.

We stimulate personal development and initiatives from our employees. Interfood, originally a family-based company, proves that global professionalism can still be combined with a unique personal company culture, in which we focus on following values: Teamwork, Commitment, Continuous Improvement, Professionalism & Responsible Leadership. All contributing to our purpose: Together for better.

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