30/05/2022

US HUB CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER / BUSINESS CONTROLLER (Hybrid)

Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Function: Finance
Local Org Unit: Finance
Reporting Line: Group Chief Financial Officer (in Italy)
Number of Reports: 3 Financial Analysts 
Level / Seniority: Senior level / Director
Employment Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time

Education – Tertiary qualifications in Commerce / Business or an equivalent. Professional accountant qualifications (CPA/ CA) are a must.
Experience – Minimum 15 years of experience in accounting or finance, including a minimum of five years in a management job 
Languages - Fluent English knowledge; advanced language skills in Spanish preferred

JOB SUMMARY AND SCOPE

The US Hub Chief Financial Officer/Business Controller will join FIMER branch in the US with the aim to support the local Finance Team as well as Mexico Financial Analyst in managing all the financial and reporting activities for the countries. Partnering closely with FIMER’s Solar Business as a Hub CFO /Business Controller, you will provide reliable and timely analysis of financial results, budget and forecasts to support management and other stakeholders at various organization levels in decision making processes. Working for a global, fast paced organization, you will be a strong performer and self-motivator. 

ACTIVITIES

  • Contributes to the definition of the strategy for the sales organization, focusing on Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Distribution and Logistics, pricing policy & execution, Regional Distribution centers and integrated Business Planning.  Serves as the key partner for the relevant business leader in determining strategy for area of responsibility. Maintains constant contact with relevant other managers and Controllers regarding financial, market and customer situation and outlook.  
  • Translates strategy into business plans and establishes measurable targets. Oversees the business planning and forecasting process for the area of responsibility and serves as the interface to Global/Local Manager. Evaluates financial implications of various strategic decisions, builds scenarios and recommends actions.  
  • Ensures an efficient organization of financial accounting and reporting processes in line with Group GAAP (IFRS), local legal and tax requirements. Ensures financial reporting management in accordance with defined quality standards and required business/financial system closing schedules.
  • Support risk assessment of business decisions based on knowledge of local regulations, customers, markets and overall interest of FIMER.  
  • Driving and facilitating financial planning processes and activities.
  • Developing and performing financial analysis, reporting to business managers and making suggestions for continuous
  • Improvement in the financial control process, in alignment with global standards and local policies.
  • Contributing to controlling initiatives for the global business. Leading process improvement and cost saving initiatives to protect and increase global profitability.
  • Drives appropriate cost structure, productivity optimization, and capital efficiency. Manages and closely monitors the cash flow and takes action to improve Net Working Capital.  
  • Provides advice and support to the business within Treasury (hedging, payment conditions, guarantees, insurance, etc.).  
  • Manage AR & AP process and interface with service provider.
  • Responsible jointly with the Tax function for timely filing of financial/tax reports of project branches.  
  • Promotes commercial awareness in the project team and provides commercial input to the project execution plan (such as T&Cs in supply management, claims, back-to-back conditions).
  • Drives claim management, back-charges and insurance cases and monitors the proper follow up together with the Contract Manager/Project Manager  upstream  (towards customer), side-stream (towards consortia partner) as well as downstream (towards suppliers).  
  • Act as business partner to the Project Director, responsible for all financial and commercial matters and actively driving the project’s performance. 
  • Reviews and takes joint responsibility with Tender Manager on financial, commercial and tax aspects. 
  • Ensures that tender calculation is done correctly, prepares cash-flow and exposure curve.  Participates or provides input to negotiations on contractual terms and conditions (clients, consortia, subcontractors, suppliers). Participates and provides input in local risk review process. 
  • Prepares a Project Financial Execution Plan (as part of an overall Project Execution Plan covering all financial, commercial and tax aspects such as permanent establishment, revenue recognition methods, billing plan, payment securities, consortium administration, import duties and VAT, etc.). 
  • Responsible for the correctness of project balance sheet and income statement as well as for cash flow and monthly/quarterly forecast.  Prepares project invoices, manages currency risk, tax issues, bonds and guarantees, financial accounting and reporting (including project site accounting), drives and seeks for optimization of project cash flow, Revenues and GM contribution together with Project Director.   
  • Establishes project governance process. Participates in opportunity/risk identification, ensure that all required mitigation actions are timely implemented.  Drives, co-ordinates and prepares monthly project reviews jointly with the Project Manager. Reviews and has joint responsibility with the Project Manager for all financial aspects of the project including estimate at completion and related cost-to-complete, forecasted Revenues and Cash Flow, Risks and Opportunities assessment and ensure  alignment with other functions including Project Controls,  planning/scheduling”.  
  • Establishes and oversees processes and tools necessary to obtain transparent and reliable financial data and business information. Ensures high quality of financial data and business information in line with defined standards and financial closing schedules.  
  • Ensures transparency in financial reporting and disclosures. Oversees implementation of internal controls regarding financial and non-financial operations.
  • Ensures compliance with corporate and country standards, regulations, and guidelines.  
  • Assesses business risk exposure and defines risk mitigation strategies to reduce impact on business performance.  Ensures risk management processes are consistently implemented in own area of responsibility.  Identifies and communicates commercial and financial risks and opportunities from business propositions.
  • Supports internal and external audits.
  • Leads cross-functional initiatives that support strategic goals. Drives definition and implementation of global standards and business specific guidelines to ensure continuous improvement in the financial control process within own area of responsibility.  
  • Delivering results by influencing, building relationships and communicating as a Business partner.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Tertiary qualifications in Commerce / Business or an equivalent.
  • Professional accountant qualifications (CPA/ CA) are a must.
  • Exposure to high-volume products, distribution and front-end sales environment.
  • Deep knowledge of finance and control processes and tools.
  • Strong understanding of accounting standards financial reporting.
  • Advanced Computer Software knowledge including SAP knowledge or experience, Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes.

BEHAVIOURAL SKILLS

  • Comfortable presenting reports, insights and plans for action to management
  • Excellent analytical, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task, while still maintaining attention to detail and accuracy required
  • Goal oriented, team worker, ability to work to reach targets and under pressure

Professionals interested in the position can apply to the following LinkedIn post.

Professionals aligned with requested profile will be contacted; we thank in advance the other candidates, who will not be given direct feedback, we will keep their profiles highlighted for future opportunities.
FIMER promotes an equal opportunity and diverse environment – all applications from talented individuals are welcome!  

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