Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (Relocation to Malaysia- KL)

Location Malaysia
Discipline: Accounting & Finance
Contact name: Karthik Balakrishnan

Contact email: karthikb@caliber8.sg
Job ref: 2140

Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (Relocation to Malaysia- KL)


Our client is a leading international retail brand and has their Asia headquarters based in KL, Malaysia. As part of their finance leadership team they are looking to hire a FP&A lead to head up the country and regional hq team.


Reporting into the Senior Director of Finance for Asia based in KL, Malayisa, your responsibilities will be as below.




  • Act as a strategic finance business partner, collaborating closely with the management team in Asia & Retail Finance. Lead the FP&A team in developing strategic plans, annual budgets, and quarterly forecasts. This includes establishing assumptions, conducting in-depth analysis, and overseeing the preparation of presentations for review and analysis by brand and on a consolidated total retail Asia basis.
  • Drive the alignment of monthly and year-to-date actuals with forecasts, implementing contingency plans as necessary.
  • Serve as a key business partner to the regional retail brand team, fostering cross-functional collaboration with various departments to deliver actionable business insights and recommendations aimed at enhancing business performance and operating efficiencies.
  • Lead capital investment appraisals using financial models for decision-making purposes. Assist in crafting and reviewing investment papers and internal approval notes for Brand Heads and group approval.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on capital expenditure in conjunction with the Finance Regional Business Services-R2R team, tracking the performance of investments against approved appraisal notes and their impact on financials, forecasts, and cash flow projections. Provide regular updates to the Regional Treasury Head on investment and working capital requirements to ensure adequate funding for business initiatives.
  • Drive and support the automation of reporting/forecasting processes, as well as the enhancement of business processes/workflows related to financial and finance operation aspects.
  • Collaborate with the Finance team on accounting, audit, and tax issues, as well as with Legal on legal matters, analyzing their impact on forecasts and cash flow projections.
  • Work with Brands, FP&A team, Finance Controller, and Corporate Services support functions to determine appropriate cost allocation methodologies and bases for indirect/corporate office overheads for forecasting and budgeting purposes.
  • Provide guidance and support to the respective team heads in conducting scenario analyses and evaluating ad hoc pricing/marketing/e-commerce & digital initiatives, strategic options, commercial negotiations, and investment and operational rationalization initiatives.
  • Conduct ongoing in-depth market and competitor benchmarking analyses for the Asia region, establishing and maintaining a database of retail performance indicator benchmarks and regional macroeconomic data.
  • Determine cost allocation methodologies and bases for indirect/corporate office overheads, monitoring actuals against budget.
  • Review and support the respective team heads in scenario analysis and evaluation of ad hoc pricing strategies, investments, and operational rationalization initiatives.



  • Degree in Accountancy or ACCA/CIMA/Chartered Accountant and have at least 15 years of relevant working experience, preferably commercial finance/business analysis experience in retail/FMCG industry, business partner to brand/operations team and managed regional team of up to 10 persons direct and indirect reports
  • A self-driven, independent individual who enjoys working in a dynamic and fast paced environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal & report writing skills
  • Proficient in Finance & Accounting software, e.g. SAP (including BPC), Microsoft Power BI
  • Strong analytical and excel modelling skills, and familiarity with Financial Modelling and scenario analysis
  • Able to multitask, proactive, work under pressure and deliver within tight deadlines
  • Good understanding of and/ experience in retail operations


CA/CPA is a must and also should be from Retail/Ecommerce or Consumer Goods background