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Finance Business Partner

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colours in it. We believe that nature got it right the first time and as a leading manufacturer of colours from natural sources, we are here to make a difference for healthy living and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?


The team – Group Finance

Oterra was recently acquired by EQT and is consequently being carved out from the previous owner, Chr. Hansen. The Finance organisation at Oterra plays a crucial role in relation to the company's continued success. The team is based at the company headquarters, located in Hoersholm, Denmark. As a Finance Business Partner, you will report directly to Head of Business Finance, Kim Laage Saltoft Olsen.

As we are servicing an organization undergoing major changes, we all chip in when and where it is needed, while we set time aside to establish a strong foundation for future excellence. We work in a flat structure, have high standards and possess a pragmatic and operational approach to supporting the business. We love to learn and genuinely find our purpose and passion in our business agenda.


The role – Finance Business Partner

As Finance Business Partner, you will step into a newly established and dynamic team that is involved in many business-critical projects and that will evolve with Oterra in the years to come. You will be offered the exciting challenge of being a constructive sparring partner to the business, acting the primary finance business partner for Oterra’s VP of Sales, VP of Innovation and their respective management teams, as well as select corporate functions.

We are looking for a Finance Business Partner who can assist the organization in ensuring a smooth and excellent build-up on the back of the carve-out, while supporting the future growth by guiding the business’ decision making in a credible, reliable and professional manner.


It is you we are looking for?

We need an additional team player on our team, who has a can-do attitude and who thrive with ambiguity and not everything being in perfect order yet. Our preferred candidate will enjoy engaging with the business, not afraid of stepping out of his/her comfort zone, challenging and asking questions. The right profile is independent with a dynamic and pragmatic attitude, who can act as a solid and trusted advisor for the business, and that has experience in supporting C-suite level individuals.

You will have at least 3 years of relevant experience from a similar role in a company working in a global context.

You are motivated by the prospects in this exciting and independent position that contains an entrepreneurial twist, where supporting the development and building up of structure, processes and systems initially will be part of your working day. The ideal candidate for this position will thrive in an exciting and influential role in a dynamic, inspiring and international environment with a non-bureaucratic and lean mindset. You will be working closely with other members of the team as well as a long list of stakeholders, both vertically and horizontally in the company.


As Finance Business Partner you will be expected to lead the Oterra performance management processes in your respective functional areas. This includes controlling and reporting, ongoing performance reviews, and forecasting and budgeting. Projects, tasks and issues within your respective areas relating to Business Finance will also be part of your work.


The responsibilities and primary duties associated with the position will be:

  • Act as a trusted advisor to VP Sales, VP Innovation and their management teams as well as selected corporate functions,
  • Play a key role in building the future global Oterra performance management process and the build-up of our new Business Intelligence suite for Sales and Innovation,
  • Review and understand the actual performance on all relevant KPIs compared to budgets and plans and uncover emerging risks and opportunities,
  • Lead budget, forecast and monthly closing process for Sales and Innovation and contribute actively to linking their respective business plans and strategic priorities to financial results,
  • Model and conduct trending and variance analysis, business case development, and other financial and operational analysis for Sales and Innovation, and
  • Monitor and assist in managing DSO and CAPEX with special focus on Innovation projects,
  • Perform ad hoc tasks including but not limited to building business cases and participating in projects.


As an owner, EQT is ambitious on behalf of Oterra and is constantly looking for relevant acquisitions in the market. As Finance Business Partner, you can expect to be involved in the merger and the subsequent integration of systems, reporting and processes.


Specifically, we are hoping to find a person with:

  • Excellent analytical skills with attention to details,
  • An ability to handle and manage multiple tasks without compromising quality nor precision,
  • An ability to oversee a large group of stakeholders divided into various functions and geographies,
  • An ability to operate independently in a dynamic environment with a high degree of responsibility, freedom and with a short power distance,
  • Up-to-date professional finance and analytical skills,
  • Experience with SAP and SAP Analytics Cloud is an advantage but not a requirement,
  • A desire for a fast-paced learning curve and thrive on working independently in new and multiple areas at the same time,
  • Proven record of great problem-solving skills and excellent communication skills, and
  • Enjoy working internationally and with different cultures, possessing the ability to read, write and speak English


To be successful in the position, you must be dialogue-based in your stakeholder guidance and communication in general, and you are keen on being a part of a growing global organization on an exciting journey with an ambition of being second to none in Natural Colors. You are motivated by contributing to an innovation-driven and world market leader company that prioritises sustainability and “freedom under responsibility.”


We offer

A unique opportunity to be part of the exciting build up of our global People & Culture team and to join us on our mission to be the best enablers of Oterra’s success. We offer incredible possibilities for functional growth and learning in an international environment with competent and ambitious colleagues. On the very short term you will get exposure to M&A and organizational integration as well of building our HR infrastructure within a global HR process like Performance & Rewards. We have a flexible and modern way of working in a culture where we value differences, authenticity and each other. We offer a market aligned compensation package and a truly international work environment.



We will evaluate applications on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible and no later than 13 December. 

If you need more information?

Read more about Oterra here: www.oterra.com. For more information about the role please contact [[Kim Olsen (kim.olsen@oterra.com)]] .

About Oterra

Oterra, an EQT portfolio company, is the largest provider of naturally sourced colors worldwide. Since our first color launch in 1876, we’ve utilized the power of nature’s true colors and championed that natural is best.

We have an unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage, dietary supplements and pet food, and help manufacturers bring appealing products to consumers around the world. We empower our partners to meet the demand for safe, sustainable and natural food on our journey together towards natural. Every day over 400 million people eat or drink a product with our colors in it.

At Oterra we are on an exciting growth journey where no two days are alike. We are a dedicated team of professionals around the world united in our belief that nature got it right the first time and that no one knows natural colors like us.

Our headquarter is in Hoersholm, Denmark, and we have production sites in Europe, Latin America and the US and more than 750 team members in 30 countries worldwide, serving 120 markets globally. Join us on our journey together towards natural.

Application Deadline: 
Job ID:  738

Hoersholm (Color Agern Alle), DK

Job Posting Function:  Accounting / Finance / Controlling