We have been requested to post the following advertisement. If you are interested in the role, please do not contact the AGiG, but instead send an e-mail to s.vonschwiderski@finance-ps.com with cc ptaaffe@finance-ps.com

 

“Would you be interested in a VP Group Accounting role for a globally operating PE Portfolio company in the Munich HQ? The Group is highly profitable and growing 20% a year with revenues of ca 1 bio€ Revenue annually.
The total package is very lucrative with 240.000€ a year plus, and yes this is the exciting part, an equity plan that you can earn between 500.000€ and 1.500.000€ in 4 to 5 years at the exit with an invest of 50.000€.
If we caught your interest please colour the attached Wordprofile and email it to
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We have been requested to post the following advertisement. If you are interested in the role, please do not contact the AGiG, but instead send an e-mail to Amal Omar-Barre (a.Omarbarre@messe.org).

 

CLOSERSTILL MEDIA GROUP

Financial Controller

 

Background to CloserStill

CloserStill Media runs market leading business exhibitions in the healthcare and technology sectors. We have events in London, Birmingham, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Koln, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our portfolio includes some of the fastest growing, and often award winning, events including the London Vet Show, Cloud Expo Europe, Data Centre World, The Pharmacy Show, Learning Technologies and The Dentistry Show.

In February 2018, CloserStill featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for list. We have also ranked in the top 100 in the last three Sunday Times International Track listings of Britain’s companies with the fastest growing international sales and in 2017 were listed in the Financial Times FT1000 Index as the fastest growing exhibition organiser and one of the fastest growing companies of any kind in Europe.

In the last seven years, CloserStill has been repeatedly recognised as a leading innovator with its people, teams and events winning multiple awards (over 30 in total) including Best Marketing – five years in succession – Best Trade Show, Best Launch Exhibition, Best Marketing Campaign, Best Brand Extension, Industry Rising Star – two years in succession – Best Operations team, Best Sales Person and  Management Team of the Year. CloserStill was voted the ‘Most Respected Company of the Year’ at the 2016 Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards.

Our mission is to launch or acquire and then run the single best events in any market we operate in. To work in sectors and geographies we are proud to do business in, and to operate with integrity. To develop our people and teams to be recognisably the best in the industry, and provide them with opportunities to grow as fast as they can professionally. And ultimately to deliver the best possible value for all our customers and stakeholders and deliver great experiences for everyone involved in our events.

Our team now numbers over 200 in offices spread across The UK, France , Germany, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. As we continue to grow and develop the business we are interested in speaking to talented and passionate people who want to build a career in events.

In December 2018 CloserStill was acquired by Providence Equity Partners – This gives CloserStill the opportunity to continue to grow over the next 3-5 years and gives an exciting opportunity to anyone involved in the business. Since the acquisition by Providence CloserStill Acquired Spring Messe – the leading German HR events provider.  There are now 4 Germany companies: the holding company, Spring Messe, OEB Learning Technologies Europe GmbH (Online Educa Berlin is the annual global, cross-sector conference on digital learning and training) and Big Data World Europe GmbH (organisers of Big Data & AI World Frankfurt). There is significant potential for further growth. The role of Financial Controller – Germany is an exciting new role with an opportunity to join a growing finance department as part of a highly profitable growth company in the exhibition industry.

 

Main Responsibilities

Leading Finance Role responsible for all German accounting reporting to the Group Finance Director, with responsibility for external and internal reporting, month end forecasts and budgets, taxes and all transaction accounting, including cash flow management and payroll.

The duties will include:

  • Management and development of 4 employees
  • Review processes and controls over all financial areas such as petty cash compliance / payroll process / PO process/ Capex compliance – recommend and implement agreed improvements.
  • Prepare monthly accounts for submission to group supported by commentary, KPIs and Balance Sheet reconciliations
  • Responsible for all external reporting, including statutory accounting (HGB)
  • Continued compliance with government regulations and legislation
  • Annual consolidated management accounts and submissions to external parties.
  • Maintain the forecast and budget model for cash flow, Balance Sheet.
  • Lead on GDPR updates from Finance, working with IT data team,
  • Support on group audit and collaborate with group auditors to ensure efficient year end audit and compliance with all relevant accounting standards and regulations.
  • Owner of all other outsourced finance support i.e payroll, overseas VAT,
  • Perform the role of Finance Business Partner for the CSM Germany management team
  • Ensure the Terms and Conditions are adhered to in collection on legal matters arising.
  • Support and development of Purchase ledger function, control of Purchase Order processing, employee expenses, ownership of accuracy of invoice processing and supplier management
  • Ensure that all financial transactions are properly recorded, filed, and reported and tax reported accurately
  • Cashflow management and reporting including management of cash by territory
  • Cashflow forecasting including annual budget, updating forecasts and accurate 13 week forecasting
  • Intercompany reconciliations working with group controller
  • Suggest updates and improvements for accounting processes,
  • Report to the Finance Director with timely and accurate financial information
  • Adhoc duties as required. This is an evolving role, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to mould and develop the role and profile within the business

 

Skills

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to gain the trust, confidence and respect of colleagues.
  • Strong technical accounting skills (knowledge of IFRS and HGB), with direct & proven experience, knowledge, and passion for developing accounting and business systems and processes in a hands-on way.
  • Ability to prioritize, think on your feet and deliver in a fast-paced environment.
  • Solution-orientated with a proactive “can do” attitude, instilling a sense of pace and urgency into the organization, and willing to delve into the detail
  • Confident in financial modelling and previous experience of working in a similar sized business.
  • Excellent IT skills (MS Office, ERP and BI)
  • Team leadership, training and delegation skills, but with the ability to roll sleeves up when necessary.
  • Ability to maximize efficient usage of financial information systems.
  • Knowledge and passion for developing and automating processes, looking to make efficiencies leaving more time for business support / added value actions.
  • Experience of cash management and strong forecasting skills with the ability to deliver against agreed forecasts.
  • Ability to recognize challenges or opportunities with the confidence and gravitas to communicate and challenge the wider business
  • Be able to drive focus on issues by delivery of value adding information and analysis and the confidence to deliver
  • Efficient in producing professional reports and analyzing information to support decision making.
  • This will not be a 9am to 5pm job and may require some long days and regular travel to London
  • Be organized and deliver to required and challenging deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize whilst at the same time manage stakeholder expectations

 

Competencies

  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.
  • Aware of other people and environment and own impact on these.
  • Contributes fully to the team effort and plays an integral part in the smooth running of teams without necessarily taking the lead
  • Acts as a role model. Anticipates and plans for change. Communicates a vision to a team.
  • Able to make full and best use of subordinate, providing appropriate support
  • Integrity – Ability to maintain job related, social, organisational and ethical norms.
  • Command of both written and spoken German and English to at least negotiating level

 

Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualified Accountant, minimum 3 years PQE
  • Strong academic record and a clear, structured thinker.
  • Experience of Managing a team
  • Experience of cash management and VAT reporting
  • Proven track record of delivery of value adding information
  • In depth fundamental experience and knowledge of cash book, purchase ledger, sales ledger at manager level

We have been asked to advertise the following job search:

Avalara are looking for a Finance Director for a newly acquired group of companies based in Karlsuhe. The successful candidate must speak fluent German and have extensive experience of financial practices in Germany and subject matter expertise around German compliance requirements. Previous experience of US GAAP reporting will be a distinct advantage.

If you are interested, please view the following link for further information about the role, and apply directly to Avalara.

http://app.jobvite.com/m?3EHFylwo

 

A UK plc is looking for interim accounting support for its subsidiary in Munich. The hands-on support would be for approximately two to three months. English-language and IFRS skilss are essential. If you are interested, please contact Adrian Ayad via Xing who will arrange for contact to the company.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. On 12 September 2019, the BCCG will be hosting a special conference at the British Embassy in Berlin, followed by a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. If you are interested, please visit the BCCG website to register – www.bccg100.de

Please note that as a member of the AGiG, you are entitled to visit BCCG events.

One of our members has asked us to post the following current job openings at Amazon on our website:

Senior Financial Analyst: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/jobs/782109/senior-financial-analyst-accounting

Working Student Accounting: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/jobs/997586/working-student-accounting

If you are interested, please follow the links and respond directly to Amazon.

Please note that AGiG is not responsible for these job offers – please contact Amazon directly with any questions.

 

Following the excellent and informative presentation on 16 May 2019 by Elmar Sonnenschein on Blockchain technology, Steve Swientozielskyj from CIMA has sent us a link to the CIMA website which provides further details and information on Blockchain. We provide the links in the text below.

Technology is creating new opportunities for the accounting profession, and we are working to help members like you stay ahead. I am pleased to share with you our latest insights, this time on the emerging world of blockchain.

Whilst it may be on the periphery of your thinking right now, according to theWorld Economic Forum 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP), or several trillion pounds’ worth of value, is likely to be stored on the blockchain by 2027. It is no wonder the likes of JPMorgan, Starbucks and Porsche, and the Big Four accounting firms are all exploring its potential for transformative impact.

Take our quiz to see whether you are blockchain ready. Our free blockchain guidewill introduce the technology and guide you on how it will affect the world of business. This adds to the Digital Mindset Resource Centre we have created through the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants to help you exploit the world of digital finance.

Stay connected over the next few months as we release new resources on digital disruption, including cybersecurity, data analytics and ethics.

 

We would like to draw your attention to an interesting event being organised by the BCCG in Hamburg on 5 December. The event will be a podium discussion on Scotland’s Future Relations with Europe, with Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Scottish Government as keynote speaker.

For detailed event information, also about the speakers, pls. click: Programme and Invitation
The BCCG are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 18:00-21:30
Venue: Anglo-German Club e.V., Harvestehuder Weg 44, 20149 Hamburg
Registration: Limited seats. By registration only, pls. register online via the BCCG website here
Cost contribution: BCCG Members € 35; Guests: € 45 (Note that members of the AGiG are automatically members of the BCCG and can therefore pay the reduced rate).

Registration: 28 November at the latest

We have been requested to advertise the following Event. Please note that this is an external Event, and is not organised by the AGiG.

The Annual European IFRS Foundation conference will take place on Thursday 28 and Friday, 29 June 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in Frankfurt.

Members of the UK Institutes will receive a 20% Discount on the price of the conference, by using the following link:

https://www.ifrs-conference.org/FKW53674members

 

On 7 September 2017, we held a regional seminar in Munich. The PwC Cyber Security Leader, Derk Fischer, gave a fascinating presentation on the subject “Why WannaCry and Petya ought not to cause tears in your IT world”.