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Group Financial Controller

  • Euroports
Kallo, Belgium
  • Euroports
Kallo, Belgium

This role involves extensive daily interaction with senior management in the countries, functional teams, and finance colleagues. Therefore, it is essential that you have strong leadership and communication skills in English. In combination with a strong eagerness to develop best practices and optimize the finance structure and efficiency. Therefore, you will initiate and participate in projects improving and professionalizing the analyses, internal and external reporting, and consolidation function throughout the company with a wide span of control. You are able to translate the insights gained from the financial reporting, especially balance sheet, categorical P&L and cash flow. You have in depth understanding if IFRS/demonstrate IFRS technical knowledge with the help of experts. Due to the growth of the organization and transitions, the tasks and duties of this role may evolve over time. You are eager to develop and grow within the role and to take on additional challenges and responsibilities as they occur.

The position of Group Financial Controller is hands-on as well as change driven. The role requires that you have a ‘can do’ attitude. The ideal candidate is someone with strong finance and accounting knowledge, who can see the big picture and work at a strategic level, but you know the details and is willing to roll up his/her sleeves to get the job done. You will be expected to understand the numbers as well as motivate the entire finance team to achieve deadlines and high-quality output, but also change working procedures and realize improvement.


  • Typically requires approximately 7-10 years of relevant experience;

  • Exposure in an international environment with a comparable consolidation of our size;

  • Experience in set up and improvement of core financial processes and controls is required;

  • Masters’ Degree in Finance, preferably supplemented with RA/ACCA/CPA/CA qualification;

  • BIG 4 background in auditing – Preferred;

  • Strong knowledge of IFRS and specifically IFRS 16;

  • Strong knowledge of Accounting and Financial Reporting;

  • Knowledge of and experience with consolidation tool HFM, Oracle EBS (and Splash-BI) or a similar consolidation/ERP/reporting tool required;

  • Fluent in English.


Closing process

  • Responsible for an accurate, efficient, and timely closing process;

  • Subject matter expert for Group IFRS & Statutory accounting;

  • Co-responsible for the group IFRS consolidation of the group in all scenarios: actuals, bi-yearly forecasts, yearly Budget, Business Plan. Approximately 130 entities are included in the consolidation;

  • Review of each submission from an entity, country (sub consolidation), and group consolidation perspective. Specifically review and challenge balance sheet items and the semi-automated cash flow;

  • Responsible for the accurateness of the disclosure reporting in HFM e.g.: monthly equity disclosure, quarterly tax disclosure (together with the Group Tax Manager), and yearly disclosures for the group IFRS audit and financial statements;

  • Review and challenge statutory reporting submissions at country level;

  • Responsible for the preparation and audit of the group IFRS financial statements;

  • Functional lead/super user of IFRS 16 tool Tagetik. Maintain an up-to-date and capable system that assures IFRS 16 compliance together with our support partner Wolter Kluwer. Ensure all users understand the IFRS 16 tool and provide necessary manuals and training;

  • Back-up for basic consolidation tasks: Maintenance of ownership and currency rates, run consolidations in the system, and be able to support countries with simple consolidation and HFM related questions;

  • Maintain an up-to-date Group Chart of Accounts, both in Oracle EBS and HFM, in close cooperation with the Group Consolidation & Reporting Manager.

Governance, Risk, and Assurance (GRA)

  • Responsible for the group reporting calendar, group accounting policy, and closing instructions in close cooperation with the Group Consolidation & Reporting Manager;

  • Responsible for IFRS compliance and specifically complex transactions and the correct processing in the accounting/consolidation which is captured in position papers;

  • Manage the yearly external audit and other incoming audits;

  • Maintain an up-to-date group accounting manual and ensure the users in the organization understand and comply with it by means of training sessions, controller work groups, and regular discussions with the business on relevant topics/pending issues;

  • Support Governance Risk Assurance (GRA) lead to ensure effective operation of the Group Control Framework and all relevant standards/processes for the country/business and design/operating effectiveness;

  • Manage the necessary internal controls necessary around the closing and consolidation process and the consolidation tool (e.g. closing checklists, validations, sign-off);

  • Support Governance related issues;

  • Provide support on tax relevant matters.

Facilitate reporting to

  • Management and EXCOM;

  • Monthly reporting and board meeting data to shareholders;

  • Quarterly reporting to lenders;

  • Reporting to other financial institutions;

  • Liaise with external auditors and provide required information;

  • Other stakeholders by means of the consolidated IFRS financial statements;

  • Provide support on SFA compliance reporting and financing related matters;

  • Understand value generation and support development of related KPI’s;

  • Support reporting from HFM related tools: HFM Cash (bank balances), Cash analytics (cash forecasting), and CXO which is a BI-tool on top of our HFM data.

Projects & improvement initiatives

  • Take personal accountability to drive continuous improvement in the organization, develop and maintain continuous improvement capability;

  • Involved in restructuring and transactions in the group;

  • Support the Group Consolidation & Reporting Manager with continuous development/ improvements of the consolidation process, and efficiency/performance of consolidation tool HFM;

  • Support development of ‘fast-close process’ and be first point of contact;

  • Continuous development of the IFRS 16 tool and processes.

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