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THE POSITION

The Business Controller will have financial responsibility in Czech and Slovakia markets and the overall task to plan, develop, execute and drive the key financial figures in line with monthly, quarterly, annual targets as well as the overall 5 years strategy of GROHE Group.

Key Deliverables In This Job Are

  • Monthly closing
  • Year end closing
  • P&L steering
  • DSO/credit management
  • Improving the visibility and understanding of financial results in the market
  • Improve quality of information to deliver against the five strategic priorities
  • Consistent standards of reporting
  • Informing the region/company about the risks in the market. Manage the risks.
  • Share best practice across the region

And in addition

  • Active driving of initiatives to improve the business on her/ his own – not passively waiting.
  • General flexibility to operate in a fast and changing business environment.
  • Integrated partnering within discussions/ business evaluations, actively bringing in her/ his point-of-view and recommendations.
  • Open communication style
  • Develop and implement tools which enable to monitor and forecast margins and price increase per customers / per categories
  • Margin improvement recommendation of all commercial activities (range reviews, promotional activities)
  • Customer profitability analysis per categories
  • Support for project management in Czech and Slovakia

Main tasks

  • Business Partnering:

Support business growth through appropriate financial planning and resource allocation; providing accurate and timely management reporting of markets´ performance; ensure adherence to accounting and financial standards, procedures, and policy; achieve efficiency, and set technical standards in the finance function; provide analysis and counsel to management on achieving operating and financial objectives.

Work with management team in identifying critical risks, develop contingency plans which will mitigate risks and support the continued growth and improve profitability.
Implement and support those initiatives.

  • Financial and Fiduciary:

Take responsibility for accurate financial close, controls and internal processes; accurate and timely financial reporting; cash management. Work with external parties i.e. external auditors, tax consultants and legal consultants to ensure corporate and legal compliance, manage and communicate with external accounting companies.

Reporting Line

Business Controller will report to Finance Leader CEE, Lixil EMENA and dotted line to Leader, Czech & Slovakia, LIXIL EMENA.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Qualifications

  • Qualified Accountant or MBA
  • Degree level with strong academic record

Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in multi-national environment and in functions of financial planning, analysis and operations; strong Excel skills; knowledge of SAP an added advantage
  • Ideally at least 3 years FMCG experience with a good mix of marketing and commercial experience
  • Also B2B experiences are very welcome
  • Highly numerate / strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of regional tax and local accounting rules

Tool competencies

  • SAP R3, BW
  • Very good in Excel on Makro programming level, knowledge and execution experience
  • Fluently english
  • Good communication skills

Strategic Skills

Functional Capabilities

  • Works as a business partner to challenge assumptions made within the strategy and brings financial rigour to new ideas enabling pragmatic evaluation and review of decisions
  • Proactively stimulates thought leadership to the business leaders for the overall business to create opportunities in the market
  • Has an excellent understanding of the value chain and the key drivers in the external and internal business environment for use in decision making

Business Performance Management

  • Able to energize and provide the mindset for the organization around business performance management and develop models that can act as frameworks for the organization to follow
  • Works closely with business leaders by being able to identify alternative business solutions in order for the business to meet its targets

Decision Support and Analysis

  • Brings financial understanding to a business decision by ensuring the optimum decision is taken for the whole organization
  • Leverages the use of tools in order to understand core issues that drive business decisions for the whole organization

Specific Technical Skills

  • Applies appropriate financial knowledge and skills in delivering objectives, ensuring financial integrity at all times
  • Actively encourages and supports others in adapting to change
  • Able to lead/manage projects, demonstrating a complete understanding of project management principles and processes

Management Capabilities (no Direct Reports Planned)

Edge

  • Unconditional delivery mindset
  • Ruthlessly prioritizes, highly focused approach, driving total business achievement
  • Uses experience to focus attention on key issues. Thinks ahead and anticipates what might go wrong.
  • Adjusts for opportunities and obstacles over period of time
  • Demonstrates a restless bias for action. Strong drive to deliver the total business goals
  • Courageously asserts own convictions in the face of criticism and unpopularity. Takes tough decisions.

Ideas

  • Develops established lines of thinking to produce new value-adding activities for a broad area of the business
  • Combines commercial instinct with analytical rigour to appraise what will work in the marketplace
  • Applies high levels of inquisitiveness and interest across the broad business
  • Innovative and imaginative. Able to approach issues from a surprising yet pragmatic angle to identify leveragable insights
  • Prepared to push own ideas. An independent and courageous thinker. Prepared to break convention

Emotional Energy

  • Passionately driven to make a difference across a wide area
  • Creates energy and momentum behind the change agenda. Responds flexibly to ambiguity
  • Channels emotional energy positively toward opportunities and solutions
  • Combines self-confidence with the ability to exercise sound judgement of risks
  • Proactively seeks feedback and learns from mistakes

People Performance

  • Highly aware of own impact and what drives and motivates others. Adjusts behaviour appropriately to influence across a range of situations
  • Uses well developed interpersonal skills to build credible relationships
  • Highly committed to own development. Seeks feedback.
  • Passionately committed to the personal development and learning of others.

Living the Grohe Values

  • Ensures balance between the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ of achievement
  • Is respected for maintaining a strong sense of integrity across all situations and generates trust in others

Values

In Order To Succeed In The Peer Group Of GMT – GROHE Management Team – Ideal Candidates Will Have Exhibited The Following Behaviour/attitudes

  • Entrepreneurship:
    Takes responsibility and ownership
  • Delivery Commitment:
    Possesses deep and broad technical and methodical knowledge, leadership skills, and experience to deliver high performance and 110% quality.
  • Customer Satisfaction:
    Excellent problem solving, establishes zero defect culture, develops strong working partnerships and promotes a good working atmosphere within the team (team player).
  • Results Driven:

Is accountable for achieving corporate, team and individual goals on time and according to plan.

  • Strategic Excellence:

Understands the bigger picture and organizational implications. Identifies pattern on the basis of great analytical competencies.

  • Integrity & Appreciation:

Models professional and ethical behavior in all circumstances. Demonstrates understanding
and ensures team compliance with Grohe Code of Business Conduct ethics and values.

  • Leading & Developing Others:

Leads and motivates others to achieve sustainable results. Offers a challenging environment encouraging high commitment and service orientation.