Finance Director For Private Equity Backed Business Services Firm, Ham

PER, Private Equity Recruitment
25 May 2018
30 May 2018
Job role
Finance director
Contract type
Full time

Our client is a clinical research organisation (CRO) with a specialisation in agro–chemical products, backed by a leading French small and mid cap investment firm.
The firm is seeking to establish itself in its niche as a market leader with a truly European footprint.
Their major entities are located in Germany and France with subsidiaries in Spain and Italy.
They are now looking to hire a Finance Director to lead and develop the accounting and controlling function in Germany, based in the group's headquarters in Stade, near Hamburg.


  • Leading and developing the German accounting and controlling function
  • Ability to manage and guide the team
  • Business partner for Sales / Management team
  • Budget planning for the entity's regular forecasting and tracking of results
  • Coordination and preparation of monthly reporting and annual financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow)
  • Implementing and optimising best–in–class management information systems and KPIs
  • Implementing group accounting methods for the consolidated accounts
  • Preparation of project revenue recognition under German GAAP and IFRS
  • Cash and liquidity management (cash pooling, cash flow forecasts, working capital management)
  • Be the go–to person for tax advisors, auditors, insurance companies and bank partners
  • Investor reporting


  • A good business degree, ideally with a focus on finance, accounting and / or controlling
  • Significant relevant work experience in an accounting / controlling leadership position of a service company
  • Experience of the financial monitoring of projects (accounting schemes and financial performance) are helpful
  • Strong analytical skills, highly data–driven with an affinity for numbers
  • Good English and native German language skills are required.
    Additional language skills in French and / or Spanish are welcomed but not required
  • Very good Excel skills
  • Sector know–how is not a must but beneficial
  • Good communication and leadership skills, interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Easy–going, open–minded and down–to–earth
  • Motivated to participate in building / training the finance team
  • Recruiters Reference: 2530 /25M