Finance Director









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 Christian Bassett is recruiting a Finance Director, Australia, New Zealand for a European luxury fashion.
Job Summary:
• Reporting to the General Manager, the Finance Director is responsible for the financial controls of Australia & New Zealand, effective financial management, planning and budgeting, management and regulatory reporting, cash flow management, strengthening internal controls, taxation, contract management, audit and fiscal aspects as well as producing regular financial reports and analysis to management.
• Responsible for management reporting, business performance reporting, variance analysis by providing timely and accurate financial information to management team and headquarter to support decision-making process;
• Responsible for overseeing the budget process, collate, interpret and communicate budget and financial performance to stakeholders;
• Establish strong controls, compliance and reporting environment.
• Safeguard the company assets and ensure integrity of the financial processes and reporting by implementing appropriate internal controls within the company;
• Manage treasury, credit controls and cash management to maximise liquidity for daily operational requirements;
• Maintain strong financial controls, including review of reconciliations for all general ledger and bank accounts;
• Liaise with internal and external auditors and government authorities on auditing;
• Responsible for all tax-related issues and liaise with tax authority with all the tax declaration affairs;
• Engage with operational business leaders to deliver commercial and strategic advice;
• Perform project evaluation for existing and new businesses, feasibility studies;
• Develop, implement and manage the upkeep of corporate governance standards and measures and ensuring compliance to statutory and governmental regulatory requirements;
• Develop and implement risk management strategies, including but not limited to ensuring adequate infrastructure to support operations and minimise financial and legal risk exposure;
• Identify and streamline finance processes, ERP system and further software integration;
• Monitor working capital, set targets / KPI for Receivables and Payables.
Team Management
• Manage a team of finance staff to ensure the accuracy of their work, the achievement of deadlines and their services are of the highest quality;
• Organise and structure the team to deliver optimal, cost-effective service;
• Build up and manage the finance and accounting team through identifying and developing capable employees by different way of coaching and training and the quality of their work environment;
• Drive efficiency and standardization of work throughout the finance function
• Foster the communication and interaction with finance teams from regional headquarter and shared service center.
Work experience
• Strong educational pedigree. Bachelor’s in Finance and MBA and/or CA is preferred.
• Big 4 Training and qualified accountant with minimum 10 years’ post qualification experience within a multinational environment, preferably in luxury goods or retail sector;
• An exceptionally strong technical background with the highest integrity, experience in a compliance role and structured with solid controllership experience;
• Strong analytical and numeric skills with budgeting, forecasting and planning exposure;
• Strong business leadership and communication skills are essential for this role, and so is strong cultural awareness combined with significant change management capabilities. Mature with effective leadership skills with drive, innovation and strong sense of commitment and adaptive to change;
• Inspirational finance leader with a hands-on approach to problem solving and the ability to work under pressure;
• Ability to manage competing demands and prioritize initiatives in a fluid, dynamic and sometimes ambiguous environment;
• Good team player with proven ability to partner with business leaders;
• Strong knowledge in technology to improve processes and automation level and with experience in ERP (JD Edwards, SAP and Hyperion a plus).
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified due to high volume of appliactions.