Senior Financial Controller - international, high growth environment

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Amsterdam, Amsterdam

What do you do?

We are looking for a talented, strong senior Financial Controller who thrives in an international, dynamic environment. You report to the Manager Financial Control, work closely with the Traders, Mid Office and Finance colleagues and advise local managers. To do that successfully, you need to be assertive & decisive, have a service-minded attitude and an energetic personality.

As the senior Financial Controller, you will have full accounting & reporting responsibility for your division; ranging from the month-end close, preparation and processing of memo postings, control of the Balance Sheet (checks, accruals, provisions, reconciliations) and P&L, to the preparation of the financial reporting packs. You liaise with the financial controller(s) and the colleagues from AP & AR, take ownership for the more complex accounting responsibilities yourself, but also train & coach your colleagues when necessary to get to the next level together.

Within ACT the core focus is alignment, insights & process improvements. Setting up strong, uniform processes which can accommodate the ongoing growth strategy. As the senior Financial Controller we expect you to actively contribute in implementing and improving of reporting and accounting & financial controls (f.e. R2R and P2P processes, Accounting Guidelines, Internal Control processes, Audit process) together with the Manager Financial Control.

Good to know...

Within ACT, no day is the same. And neither will yours. One day you are in the midst of the monthly close tackling some ad hoc issues (while thinking about ways to avoid those in the future), the next you have an update meeting about the tax optimisation project that you are involved in. And with the IFRS 9 implementation coming up there is never a dull moment…

Who are you?

You are an ambitious, eager and talented financial with a very strong technical accounting background. You thrive in an international setting and drive continuous improvement.

“For this position we are looking for somebody with the right attitude. We need somebody curious, adaptive & assertive and able to create solid structures. Who as a person is focussed on teamwork, getting it done together, also investing in taking the time to coach and mentor others. And who likes to keep learning, be challenged and grow with the company.”

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Finance, Economics or Accountancy
  • 3-6 years of experience as a Big4 Accountant or Financial controller
  • Knowledge of Dutch GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience within commodity trading industry is a strong advantage
  • Experience with an ERP implementation and/or process improvement projects would be a very strong plus
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Good insight in financial accounting and reporting processes combined with business sense
  • Mature individual with significant personal presence and credibility
  • Grounded, approachable personality, critical yet constructive and positive approach
  • Proven ability of working with different stakeholders and having international exposure

More about ACT Commodities

ACT Commodities was founded in Amsterdam in 2009 by former financial brokers Jaap Janssen and Bram Bastiaansen. When the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) was first implemented in 2005, the pair were among the first to recognize the need for trading services in the environmental commodities market.

Demand for this service led to the business growing rapidly in terms of clients, turnover and product range. Today ACT Commodities employs around 140 people and has offices in Amsterdam, New York, Shanghai and Paris. They trade globally in approximately 40 products in a large number of markets. This year, ACT projects a turnover of over one billion euros, four times the 2015 turnover.

The company has a vibrant and young atmosphere and employs a wide arrange of different cultures and backgrounds. With an average age of approximately 30 years, ACT Commodities breathes a scale-up culture in a professional, very ambitious environment. Shared decision-making and individual entrustment with responsibility lead to everybody feeling invested in ACT’s future. The result is a loyal, enthusiastic, longserving team who share common believes in the future potential of the company. The HQ in Amsterdam is located in a state of the art office where there is a lot of attention for the combination pleasure and work. You have access to a Life Coach, enjoy the yearly company trip and be excited about the quarterly incentive that everybody gets when the company targets are met. Because it’s all about teamwork and you do it together!

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