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Regional Finance Controller, Europe page is loaded Regional Finance Controller, Europe
Apply locations Porto time type Full time posted on Posted 23 Days Ago job requisition id R004960 About Us

Elementis is a global specialty chemical company, with 1,300 employees operating 17 manufacturing sites across the globe. At Elementis, we bring a distinctive combination of expertise, innovation, and teamwork to every formulation challenge. We create high-value specialty additives that enhance the performance of our customers' products and make a positive change in the world. Combining our leading positions in the science of materials flow, surface modification, and formulation with access to unique natural materials, Elementis delivers unique chemistry, sustainable solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including cosmetics, anti-perspirants, decorative and industrial coatings, automotive and ceramics.

Job Description Summary
The Regional Controller Europe plays a pivotal role as... the leader of the Group's finance activities across Europe. The role will lead the successful execution of Finance objectives across multiple European locations and is accountable for the operational excellence of our global BPO service providers. Through optimizing resources, fostering financial accuracy and stability, and strategic alignment, the role enables reliable financial insights which facilitate effective business decision making. In addition, this role concurrently serves as the delegated Power of Attorney for our Portuguese entity.

Job Description

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Group Financial Controller

Direct Reports: 6

Department: Finance


Management of global relationship with outsource provider:
• You will lead the day-to-day relationship with the Group’s global outsourced finance provider, including service management, service development, transformation management and performance and productivity management.
• You will own the continuous improvement and transformation pipeline/road map with the outsource provider and oversee the implementation of agreed initiatives.
• You will work in collaboration with (and support) the outsource provider in order to promote the successful execution of finance objectives and the delivery of the services within the agreed service level agreements.
• You will manage the budget for service delivery from the outsource provider, ensuring that resources are allocated efficiently and that costs are kept within budget.

Management of the regional financial control and banking activities:
• You will lead the day to day relationship with our external auditors for all European countries (excluding the UK) and work with our internal teams to ensure an effective and efficient audit process.
• You will lead our local banking and treasury relationships in Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland; working closely with the Group Financial Controller where needed.
• You will assist the Group Finance team and, from time to time, the wider Elementis teams with ad hoc projects.

Leadership of the regional financial control and plant control teams:
• You will lead a team of 6 direct reports, across 4 countries, working to engage and develop them whilst helping improve our finance process and controls and ensuring that all of our statutory compliance obligations within each territory are met.
• You identify and develop talent, focusing on development, engagement, succession planning, knowledge transfer, and increasing organizational capacity and capability in Finance.

You foster an environment of inclusion, continuous learning, and collaboration through coaching, mentoring and problem resolution.

Decision making

You will have the authority to make decisions related to the day-to-day finance operations of the European entities and decisions related to the day-to-day engagement with our outsource provider. Higher-level approvals would be required for decisions related to spend outside of agreed budgets, strategic shifts, or significant decisions that have substantial financial or long-term implications.

Additional Job Description

Job Competencies
• Building effective teams : Building, motivating and leading effective teams is critical to the successful operation of the European finance team. The role will be required to build strong relationships with our outsource provider, with the in-house direct reports and across the wider Elementis organisation.
• Action orientated: Taking on new challenges with enthusiasm and dynamism is key to successfully advancing the finance transformation project with our outsource provider and in enhancing the ways of working of our in-house European finance team.
• Communicates effectively: Effective communication with a range of internal and external stakeholders is essential. The role will require clear and effective communication with a range of nationalities and cultures.
• Balancing stakeholders: Being able to balance and manage a wide range of stakeholders is critical to the smooth running of our finance operations. Stakeholders of the role include our outsource provider, the group finance team, internal and external auditors, and the wider Elementis organisation (e.g., procurement, legal etc).
• Strategic mindset: Leading the transformation agenda with our outsource provider requires the ability to see ahead to future possibilities and then work with our partners and teams to translate them into breakthrough strategies.

Technical Knowledge and Skills
• Advanced understanding and knowledge of IFRS.
• Intermediate understanding of transactional taxes (e.g., VAT).
• Strong experience of leading a diverse team across multiple territories.
• Advanced knowledge and experience of managing an off shore outsource provider.

Position Requirements
• Education : Chartered accountancy qualification (or equivalent).
• Experience : 5 years + experience in a regional financial controller role leading a diverse team across multiple territories. Experience with IFRS accounting/reporting is essential. Experience of working with an offshore outsource provider is highly desirable. Knowledge of JD Edwards is desirable.
• IT Skills : Strong proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience of working with JD Edwards is desirable. Knowledge of data visualisation tools, such as Tableau or PowerBI is advantageous.
• Language Skills : Verbal and written fluency in English is essential. Verbal and written fluency in Portuguese is desirable.
• Working arrangements: Role is based in our Porto office.
• Travelling required : Occasional travel to other Elementis sites and to the outsource provider’s site as required.


Our people are the core of Elementis. As a vital part of both our global
organization and our local teams, everyone's contributions are valued, our work makes an impact, and we are challenged to learn and grow. Together, guided by our Values, we create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for each other, deliver value for our customers, and drive sustainable growth for our company. We encourage our people to develop their expertise and expand their skills, so we can all confidently create value in everything we do. We are reliable, knowledgeable partners and problem-solvers who guide our customers—and each other—to the right solutions. We seek out better ways of working and share ideas for continually improving. And we do it all in an environment characterized by safety, trust, and above all—teamwork. The inclusive, supportive, and collaborative culture we cultivate connects us, makes us feel our contributions are recognized and valued, and encourages us to be and do our best. What can you expect?

The steps in our recruitment process are as following:
• Welcome meeting with a recruiter where you can learn more about the position and working at Elementis. We will ask you questions about your background and preferences to make sure the postions fits well.
• 2nd interview with the hiring manager and/or someone from the team
• 3rd Interview with someone from the team and/or HR
• For senior positions , you are asked to take an assessment and you will have a 3rd interview to discuss the results.

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