Group Business Controller - BAM - Strategic Position

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What do you do?

We are looking for an ambitious and talented Group Business Controller to join the BAM Group Finance team. In this position you report to the Head of Group Business Control and work closely with your direct colleagues within Group Business Control (6) and Group Reporting & Consolidation(6). The team acts as trusted advisor to the Executive Board and Group Functional Leaders, supporting them with a broad spectrum of finance and business insights on strategic, group level decisions and subsequent operating model. Now is a very interesting phase to join, since BAM has announced the new strategy plan. Which means a lot for the underlying (finance) processes and structures which have to be redefined.

Within the Group Business Control team everybody has their own core (business) focus, but they support each other when necessary, rotate over time to develop more broadly and work on strategic projects together. Initially your core focus will be on managing, analysing and advising on Group Functions Costs. You coordinate the annual budgeting plan, support and challenge the Group Function Leaders on their plans, argumentation and give them advice to make the right decisions. You will be involved in the periodic reviews and (re)forecasting discussing variances, underlying causes, cost saving opportunities, FTE development, OPEX variances, CAPEX projects and (new) investments that they have in mind. You work out the underlying business cases, review investments proposals by the Opco’s and make actionable recommendations. Due to the new strategy you will initially be working on business cases to work out different company cost scenario’s, models and allocation, which then have to be implemented and embedded in the organisation.

Good to know

Next to the group cost & strategic (re)design of the cost processes, which initially will be the largest part of your role but will decrease over time, you will also be contributing to one of the other topics that the team is responsible for. Which topic is not “set in stone yet” and will depend on your personal interest and background. You might want to focus on the BAM digitalisation transition (dashboarding / PowerBI), make an impact by setting up in depth BAM group-level project portfolio performance reporting & analytics or contributing to the Consolidated Operating Plan (consolidated P&C cycle).

Who are you?

You bring the analytical capacity and eagerness to really understand and grasp the key drivers and complexity of the business in order to add value. You know how to ask the right questions to get to the underlying drivers or arguments, understand the (chain) impact of variances and can drive & quickly adapt to change.

“Being part of the Group Business Control team, you will experience that the level is high and the dynamics are very strong. The adhoc nature requires strong prioritizing and stakeholder management. Therefore we are looking for somebody with “consulting capabilities”; a strong storyteller, able to relate to and understand business perspective, can built strong relations and delivers what they promise. Supplemented with a pragmatic, accessible attitude and a positive approach.”

  • Master degree in Finance, (Business) Economics or Accountancy, preferably supplemented with a post-Master qualification
  • Min. 5-8 years of experience as a business/cost controller, within Accountancy or Transaction Services; preferably experience with(in) an international, project oriented organisation
  • (Strong) knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and preferably SAP BPC, dashboarding & PowerBI
  • Excellent communication skills in Dutch (fluent) & English
  • Inquisitive; you dare to ask difficult questions and will continue asking questions where others stop;
  • A robust, open discussion partner at all levels;
  • Organizational aware, able to maintain a broad formal and informal network;
  • Strongly driven for results and have the ability to handle ambiguity and cross-functional team dynamics;
  • Analytical and have a solution-oriented mind-set and a hands-on approach;
  • Above all, a great colleague, warm personality, no ego issues, honest, committed, result focused, a team player who wants to achieve the best results together.

More about BAM

Royal BAM Group, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, is a successful European construction group. BAM is known for prestigious projects, innovative solutions and professional staff. With a history stretching back 150 years, and through a variety of acquisitions, the company has transformed from a small carpentry business into a truly international construction firm. BAM is operating in ten operating companies active in two business lines: Construction & Property and Civil Engineering. The company is also active in public-private partnerships (PPP). BAM ranks among the largest construction companies in Europe. It has a top market position in five European home markets: the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. The Group also delivers projects in niche markets worldwide and other European countries such as Switzerland and Denmark. Employing approximately 20,000 employees, BAM generates revenues of around €6.8 billion. For more info:

Group strategy

BAM’s strategy plan for 2021 -2023 is building a sustainable tomorrow. BAM has a focus on markets and projects were BAM has proven competitive strengths, creating a platform for future growth to increase profitability in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland. These are the markets where BAM has by far the largest scale. In these markets, BAM will focus on its portfolio, strive to business excellence and product leadership, and grow life-cycle solutions, providing clients with innovative and sustainable design, development, construction and facilities management solutions that can be integrated.

Finance Strategy

Where the finance function in the past was focused on registration, consolidation, financial reporting and the integrity and consistency of figures, the goal is to develop into a supporting and challenging business partner that actively contributes to achieving BAM’s strategic goals. Not only will finance deliver accurate accounting and high-quality reporting but it will also effectively use available data in support of business decision-making, strategy formulation and strategy implementation. BAM Finance will jointly define best practices and be disciplined in operating these, ensuring continuous improvements, harmonization and digitalisation of Accounting, Reporting, Business Control and Project Control. Finance actively challenges and supports the business to create value by selecting the right prospects, deliver high-quality tenders and translate them into predictable projects.

The Group Finance Team is working from the headoffice in Bunnik, although they facilitate the flexibility to work remote and measure performance on delivery. BAM stimulates personal growth, offers many opportunities for personal development and excellent career perspective.


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