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Trevor Butler

Trevor Butler

Senior Commercial Finance Manager
Camberley, Surrey Heath, Surrey

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About Trevor Butler:

Good day,

 

Thank you for taking the time to review my profile.

 

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant [CA (SA)] currently based in Camberley, Surrey, United Kingdom. I have extensive experience within the FMCG/Consumer industry, having thrived in the Finance function of multiple FMCG/Consumer businesses spanning the past 12 years. 

 

In my current role, I am the FP&A Lead at Getir (10-minute grocery delivery business with > 100 retail locations). My core responsibilities involve partnering with the various HoD’s, reporting & driving the budgeting/forecasting & cash flow processes to drive EBITDA and working capital improvement, improve financial processes and improve the visibility of underlying costs. 

 

Prior to emigrating to the UK, I was a Head of Finance at Tiger Brands (one of the largest food manufacturers in South Africa) in this role I provided business/financial support to the Customer Service & Logistics Director, Supply Chain Finance Director and various other Operations and Finance Directors/Managers.  Previously, I held various senior finance positions at AB InBev/SABMiller, wherein I was responsible for their African Logistics operations, which covered more than 70 distribution centres, spread across 8 countries – in this role I provided business/financial support to the Africa Logistics VP and FP&A Director. 

 

Some of my notable achievements include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

Whilst at Getir:

 

  • Established the Supply Chain Finance function in the business (incl. 3 direct reports).
  • Created bottom-up costing model and lead the forecasting process for Supply Chain.
  • Developed new Tableau & Power BI dashboards to enhance the visibility of inventory losses/waste costs.
  • Collaborated with colleagues to improve stock controls, drive down inventory days cover, reduce store salary costs (est. £8m pa saving) and sourced/negotiated various new indirect suppliers.
  • Supported the month-end process with variance analysis, commentary, improved cost allocations and store profitability analysis.

 

 

Whilst at Tiger Brands:

 

  • Established the Logistics Finance function in the business (incl. 4 direct reports).
  • Developed new reports and tools which provided enhanced visibility and understanding of the logistics function.
  • Developed new models to facilitate zero based budgeting and forecasting, with specific links to key operational KPI’s, such as: tons/load, km/load, fuel consumption etc.
  • Managed/oversaw service provider costs and adherence to contractual terms.
  • Negotiated new service provider contractual costs, KPI’s and terms/conditions.
    • Also negotiated a >R200m credit to invoiced costs (± 25% of total invoices)
  • Achieved our budgets for the past 3 years (2018 – 2020).
  • Implemented new controls/processes to minimize stock losses.
  • Partnered with Customer Service & Logistics Managers to deliver cost savings via increased direct distribution.

 

Whilst at AB InBev/SABMiller:

 

  • Achieved our budgets for the past 3 years (2015 – 2017).
  • Directly involved & lead the finance element of multiple cost saving initiatives/business cases, including the following: 
    • Performance based standards – annualised R123m saving & R730m cumulative NPV for full roll out.
    • Customer mechanisation drive – annualised R30m saving.
    • Depot benchmarking – annualised R5m saving.
  • Developed and facilitated national training 3 years in a row for various levels of operational personnel on how to make better commercial decisions. The course consistently achieved top marks by its attendees.
  • Developed new tools to improve the budgeting processes and improve monthly variance analysis understanding, all of which were linked to key operational KPIs, such as: mech %, direct vs secondary %; transporter mix %; drops/load, km/load, HL/load etc. – these tools are still in use today.
  • Overhauled and centralized numerous month end and budgeting processes and calculations, which improved the accuracy of the calculations and freed up time for the finance staff at each site.

 

Other Notable Academic Achievements:

 

  • Graduated Cum Laude and top of the class for the 2017 SABMiller Executive Development course.
  • Placed 7th in South Africa in the CA (SA) qualifying exams.
  • Graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinctions in Management Accounting & Financial Accounting.
  • Placed 2nd in Glenwood High School matric class of 2001, with subject prizes in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.

 

With my passion for problem solving, continuous improvement and willingness to learn, I sincerely believe that I can add immense value to your organization by bringing a tool kit comprised of leadership, strategic planning, attention to detail, training and superior analytical skills. 

 

I would be pleased to review my credentials with you. Please feel free to contact me at the number below to arrange a time to speak.

 

Kind regards

 

Trevor Butler CA (SA)

Experience

Getir UK | FP&A Lead

May 2023 – September 2023

 

  • Lead a team of three Finance Analysts/Managers as the Senior Finance Manager and business partner to all departments.
  • Owned/managed the forecast (FC) process and cash flow reporting, ensuring accuracy and timeliness for informed decision-making.
  • Developed a new FC template to streamline operations and improve efficiency.
  • Influenced and motivated the team to prioritise increasing revenue and daily orders, with a view to achieving profitability.

 

Getir UK | Supply Chain Finance Lead

August 2022 – April 2023

 

  • Senior Finance Manager and business partner to Heads of Commercial and Supply Chain.
  • Led a team of one finance analyst.
  • Created a comprehensive margin analysis to understand variances, track cost price changes, and influence list prices.
  • Successfully invoiced over £3 million of supplier rebates within a year, improving cash flow and supplier relationships.
  • Reduced inventory losses from £2.5 million in FY2021 to £0.35 million in FY2022 (of which £0.13 million was recharged to the 3PL partner for accountability and cost recovery).
  • Developed a weekly waste report, reducing waste from 6% to 4% of revenue.

Made significant contributions to the organisation's financial performance, operational efficiency, and sustainable growth.

 

Getir UK | Operations Finance Lead

December 2021 – July 2022

 

  • Senior Finance Manager and business partner to Supply Chain, Operations, and Indirect Procurement HOD's.
  • Led a team of 3 Finance Analysts/Managers.
  • Supported year-end closeout and account clean-up processes.
  • Designed and created new inventory dashboards and reports for improved visibility and control.
  • Created costing models to enhance forecasting accuracy and strategic planning.
  • Influenced colleagues to drive annual salary savings exceeding £8 million.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to improve stock controls, inventory management, and holding practices.
  • Sourced and negotiated with new indirect suppliers for competitive pricing and high-quality services.
  • Managed a third-party logistics (3PL) service provider and improved cost visibility and reporting.

Made significant contributions to financial management, cost optimisation, inventory control, supplier management, and operational efficiency

 

Scholl Wellness Company | FP&A Manager (Contract)

May 2021 – November 2021

 

  • Established the FP&A function for a new company in the UK.
  • Key responsibilities included budgeting, forecasting, management reporting, variance analysis, and decision support.
  • Acted as a business partner, providing financial insights and support to stakeholders.
  • Conducted customer profitability analysis to inform strategic decision-making.
  • Developed KPI dashboards to track performance indicators and monitor progress.
  • Led a team of one finance analyst.

 

Tiger Brands | Finance Manager: Logistics/Fulfillment (Incl. Stock)

May 2018 – December 2020

 

  • Established and led the logistics finance department, overseeing a team of 12 members.
  • Managed financial operations for inbound, warehousing, finished goods, and outbound logistics, with an annual spend exceeding £150 million.
  • Fostered collaboration between finance and operations by partnering with customer service and operations teams, linking financial performance to key operational metrics.
  • Developed new reports and financial models to enhance visibility, support zero-based budgeting and forecasting processes.
  • Effectively managed and monitored costs associated with the third-party logistics (3PL) service provider, ensuring adherence to contractual terms.
  • Successfully negotiated a credit of over £10 million on invoiced 3PL costs, representing 25% of the total 3PL invoices.

Implemented new controls and procedures to improve finished goods stock management, including the handling of returns.

 

AB InBev | FP&A Manager: Logistics/Fulfillment

February 2017 – April 2018

 

  • Oversaw the FP&A function of AB InBev's logistics operations in multiple countries in Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan, and Kenya.
  • Managed a team of 6 staff members within the FP&A function.
  • Acted as a strategic business partner, collaborating with customer service and operations teams to align financial and operational objectives.
  • Developed new reports and financial models to enhance visibility and support zero-based budgeting and forecasting processes.

Successfully handled a total annual spend exceeding £200 million for logistics operations in the region.

 

SAB Miller (now AB InBev) | FP&A Manager: Logistics/Fulfillment

January 2014 – January 2017

 

  • Provided financial oversight for SAB's national distribution operations, spanning over 40 fulfilment centres across South Africa.
  • Acted as a key finance business partner, leading continuous improvement projects with net present values (NPVs) exceeding £40 million.
  • Developed and facilitated a national training program for operational personnel, focusing on enhancing their ability to make better commercial decisions.
  • The training program consistently received top marks from attendees for its effectiveness in improving decision-making skills.
  • Played a crucial role in driving financial performance and operational excellence within the distribution operations of SAB.

 

SAB Miller (now AB InBev) | Regional Commercial Manager

November 2011 – December 2013

 

  • Served as the Commercial Manager for the Cape Region.
  • Provided oversight and management for 7 fulfilment centres in the region.
  • Responsible for managing the sales, marketing, and distribution spend of the business.
  • Led and managed a team of 5 staff members.
  • Played a critical role in driving commercial success and operational efficiency within the Cape Region.

 

Alexander Forbes | Consultant 

March 2011 – October 2011

 

Gearhouse South Africa | Financial Accountant

January 2010 – February 2011

 

KPMG Inc. | Article Clerk

January 2007 – December 2009

Education

Gordon Institute of Business Science

2016 - 2017

Senior Management Development Programme/SABMiller Executive Leadership Development Course | Placed 1st in my Cohort

 

University of Cape Town

2006

Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting | Placed 7th in Class 

 

University of Cape Town

2002 - 2005

BBusSc Finance (CA route) | Degree Awarded with 1st Class Honors

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