Corporate Controller - TSS Public
What do you do?
2021 was an interesting year for Total Specific Solutions (TSS) on many levels. The acquisition of Topicus, completion of Topicus.com together with the spin-off from Constellation (while remaining the European operating group of CSI) and becoming a publicly listed company by itself on the Canadian TSX Venture Exchange. Fortunately TSS was used to change and stellar growth; with over 80 (international) acquisitions in over 3 years they are building a very impressive portfolio of Vertical Market Software companies. The 13 acquisitions that they have already done in 2022 show that there is no slowing them down, they will continue their ambitious international growth strategy. Because of internal promotion, they are now looking for a Corporate Controller for TSS Public to join the ride. This is a senior position with a high level of international exposure and stakeholder management in which you will drive the future change agility of the business.
You report directly to the group CFO Public, work closely with the CEO and Corporate Controllers within Topicus.com, TSS Blue & Topicus Operating Group; sharing best practices and tackling corporate strategic or optimalisation projects together. The portfolio of the business unit Public consists of over 70 businesses in 7 countries. In all countries and businesses there are local finance teams managed by one or more Managers Finance & Control, depending on the size. As the Corporate Controller you are responsible for coordinating them in the consolidation and reporting process. You set out the timelines & deliverables they should report into OneStream (day 5) and while the junior Portfolio Controller manages the more operational recurring tasks, supporting the businesses with issues during the close and adjustments in OneStream, you take on the more complex adhoc issues arising. You do the financial sanity check in close contact with the local country finance management and do a thorough analysis on P&L/BS movements and actuals/forecast variances. Together with the junior Portfolio Controller you manage the monthly management reporting for the CEO & CFO of TSS Public, which feeds directly into the topicus.com reporting, which you also present during the CFO meeting with all BU CFO’s and Corporate Controllers. On a quarterly basis you manage the disclosures and deliverables for the reporting to CSI and annually you review the statutory report and corporate tax, in close collaboration with the external Tax consultants.
For TSS Public you are in the lead ensuring compliance and TSS corporate governance within the Portfolio. On a day to day basis this includes a lot of different topics for which you will set the parameters. That is why, next to the above financial cycle, a large part of your position will be more adhoc, working on projects, issues arising within the portfolio or strategic (re)positioning. For example taking the lead when there are changes in IFRS to investigate the implications for the countries and support them on the implementation. Or guide and support local finance management after an acquisition on the TSS Accounting Manual, CoA, timeline and reporting deliverables. The Managers Finance & Control will manage the more operational support to the new companies, but you make sure they know what to do, keep the timeline and give guidance on more complex topics for example within local Gaap/IFRS bridges, interpretations or position papers. You are also in the lead for the Purchase Price Allocation process for acquisitions in your portfolio, which occurs more than once a month.
Furthermore you will continuously be involved in optimalisation projects as the business develops. These could be optimalisations within OneStream, tax structures or (re)evaluating and optimising the management reporting. But also more strategic projects like re-assessing the legal and managerial structure and perform changes based on the current (and future) size of levels of decentralisation. Within TSS, change is the only constant. Really. So be ready to tackle everything that comes your way. We don’t expect you to know everything, as long is you take ownership, know how/where to find out what should be done, who to involve, follow through and finish what you’ve started.
Good to know
Being the Corporate Controller, you not only have a coordinating role towards the country finance teams and act as a Center of Excellence for (complex) accounting & reporting topics. We also expect you to be a thought leader; stimulating the professional development and collaboration within the finance community of Public by giving trainings, coaching and presentations on finance topics, facilitate & maximize finance community collaborations and sharing best practices.
Who are you?
We are looking for a strong financial with a strategic & agile mindset. You have a good technical background, strong communication skills and a business minded approach. You are able to build strong relationships and can liaise with, challenge and motivate internal and external stakeholders.
“Although TSS might have the size and footprint of a “corporate”, the heart of the business is truly entrepreneurial. The HQ supporting the business consists of specialized professionals within Finance, HR and M&A. There is a very flat hierarchy, the pace is high and they remain flexible to quickly react to (business) opportunities. In this ever changing environment, there is a lot of room to make an impact, set up best-in-class processes and drive continuous improvement. To do so, we need somebody with a grounded personality, who can handle (conflicting) priorities & adhoc issues, keeping your back straight and staying focussed on the long term objectives. Who as a person always stimulates teamwork, who is actively participating, also investing in taking the time to coach and mentor others. You will get exposure to a very broad scope of financial topics and will be well positioned for further (international) growth within TSS.”
- Master degree in the field of Accounting, Finance, Economics, supplemented with a Post-Master qualification (RA or RC)
- 5-8 years relevant working experience in Audit and/or Controlling
- Experience with IFRS, consolidation and reporting processes
- Affinity and experience with consolidation/reporting tooling, preferably OneStream
- Experience with process improvement projects, integrations and/or implementations is a plus
- Excellent communication skills in Dutch & English. Good interpersonal skills and ability to quickly form working relationships and gain credibility. A clear, to-the-point communicator with a practical, no-nonsense mentality
- Organizational aware, able to maintain a broad formal and informal network
- Above all, a great colleague, warm personality, down to earth, honest, committed, result focused, a team player who wants to achieve the best results together.
More about TSS Public
Part of Topicus.com
Topicus.com (listed on Canadian TSX Venture Exchange) is a leading pan-European provider of vertical market software and vertical market platforms to clients in a select group of public and private sector markets.
Their three companies TSS Public, TSS Blue and Topicus have outstanding track records in acquiring, developing and managing smart and progressive businesses driven by one mission: to create community engaging, operational excellent and end-user empowered software across specific vertical markets.
TSS as part of Topicus.com Inc is proud to be part of the ecosystem of Constellation Software Inc (CSI). CSI acquires, manages, and builds vertical market software businesses that provide mission-critical software solutions worldwide. CSI is a major player with a broad portfolio, working with over 125,000 customers in over 100 countries. Since it was founded in 1995, it has rapidly grown through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Africa, CSI has over 20,000 employees.
Total Specific Solutions
Total Specific Solutions has over 111 independently managed software Business Units in Europe. They offer them financial security, strategic guidance, and share their best practices so that they can be leaders in their respective domains. Their software solutions provide their customers with real business value and allow them to operate at a high level of efficiency.
TSS believes that acquiring businesses is about more than just buying companies. It is about investing in people and doing what it takes to help manage and grow businesses for life. To accomplish this, they operate a decentralized model, pushing decision-making down to the front lines where the people who know the industry best can do what is right for clients. This is why TSS has a buy-and-hold-forever strategy, and why they challenge their employees in all their businesses to try and do new things every day.
Once a company has been acquired, it becomes part of the TSS group of businesses, which TSS believes offers the best of two worlds. On the one hand, they provide the financial backing and expertise of a large company while on the other hand, they run a decentralized model keeping well-established brands intact. Most importantly, this allows their most valuable asset, their employees, to learn, grow and excel. Being part of TSS provides a company and its employees opportunities to learn from, and share expertise with, many other leading software companies and thousands of highly talented Vertical Market Software experts from around the world.
Within the HQ in Nieuwegein the international TSS business is build & supported by a specialized colleagues within Finance, M&A and HR. The atmosphere is very open and transparent, colleagues on all levels work closely together with one common goal and taking initiative is stimulated. When you see room for improvement, pitch your case and make it happen. You’ll get a lot of ownership and can take on a lot of responsibility, with the backup of the management and your colleagues off course, but that only works when you’re comfortable making decisions, communicate well and are able to prioritize. TSS really invests in the personal and professional development of their team and there are multiple internal (international) growth opportunities.