CHEIF FINANCE OFFFICER

Job Description

Planning & Controlling

  • Ensures financial statements are accurate and reliable for all entities in the cluster.

  • Take ownership for preparation of annual budget and quarterly forecasts, including liaising with interested parties and stakeholders. Also is co-responsible for the overall delivery of the budget.

  • Ensures cost management is effective and on the management agenda.

  • Ensures financial resources are efficiently allocated. In that regard, stock levels remain at reasonable levels and in line with company policies; CAPEX generates positive returns, and OPEX is value creating.

  • Lead costs savings initiatives as well as promoting value for money awareness across the markets under his/her responsibility.

  • To ensure correct accounting of Taxes and Tax returns. Ensuring full compliance with law and regulations in countries where our client operates.

Business controlling

  • To regularly prepare the financial management reports and information required to enable the Cluster and Regional Managers to make accurate management decisions. This includes the monthly reporting to the Group as well as other management reports.

  • To monitor actual expenditure against budget forecasts on a monthly basis and identify any areas of potential overspend and take corrective action as soon as possible.

  • Pro-actively manage the value chain in the cluster. Performs quarterly updates of Trade margins and advise the business on how to maximize our client's margin.

  • Payment (credit) management for distributors, to ensure high customer service levels at acceptable levels of risk in order to achieve volume and revenue targets

  • Provide assistance with managing the Group’s treasury requirements, including cash flow forecasting.

  • Oversees and enforces the Group’s Delegated authority structure.

  • Responsible for the financial aspects of business case development using appropriate investment appraisal methods eg. discounted cash flow and NPV.


Leadership

  • Provide leadership and mentoring to other members of finance team, helping them to grow and deliver to the best of their abilities.

  • To oversee and direct the work of the Finance team and oversee daily accounting operations, ensuring best practices and accuracy in all areas

  • Training and developing other finance staff in policies, procedures and other finance issues as appropriate


Others

  • To work with the Group Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain Finance managers to ensure alignment with Group Strategy

  • To ensure that all financial systems are operated and managed efficiently and effectively, and that they conform to Group Standards and other appropriate financial standards.

  • Is the custodian of the internal controls and ensures they are effective and efficient.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Master in Business Economics, Statistics, Accountancy; post academic Controlling, and RC courses

  • 10+ years experience in Finance (of which 5 in a Senior Finance Manager position e.g. Finance Director, Finance Manager, etc) in an internationally environment/company

  • Excellent analytical- management- and communication skills

  • Multidisciplinary and multicultural understanding

  • Good knowledge of relevant Accounting, Legal and Tax aspects

  • Creative anticipating on business activities and their financial consequences

  • PC literate; advanced Excel and Powerpoint, experience with financial reporting tools (i.e. JD Edwards, Cognos, HFM, etc)

  • English and French fluent written and spoken

  • Strong commercial, supply chain finance skills as well as a solid background in core finance, including IFRS accounting, Tax and Treasury management.