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Finance Business Partner

Location: Amsterdam Zuidoost

Experience: 7-10 years

Company: UK multinational


Reports to: Finance Director, Amsterdam
Direct Reports: Finance Business Analyst


The Finance Business Partner is a trusted partner to the commercial teams, using a deep understanding of the company's products, markets, customers and processes to drive business strategies and results. Operating in a culture of accountability and continuous improvement, the FBP uses commercial insight and analytical skills to grow the business and constructively challenge the status quo.


Budget and QF process
Responsible for submission of timely, accurate and commercially-focused budget and QF packs, in line with agreed templates and timetables
Challenge commercial team on business issues and revenue/cost assumptions, including demonstrable ROI on all costs incurred
Work with commercial team to identify key commercial issues and ensure commentary highlights these issues concisely
Anticipate likely review questions and answer them in advance (with supporting analysis where appropriate)

Cost and investment appraisal
Demonstrate a deep, fundamental understanding of all costs in product and portfolio P&Ls, including investment/capex
Be able to clearly advise and communicate the reasons for incurring costs, demonstrating financial/commercial returns
Review and challenge cost budgets from a granular zero-base (i.e. building from scratch, not rolling forward prior year)
Prepare and challenge investment/business cases
Understand the importance/priority of each cost line so that savings can be made to fund investment

Event planning
Provide commercial and strategic insight and analysis to GBDs and BDs in setting product/portfolio strategy
Take shared responsibility - with commercial team - for ensuring event plans delivered on time and in line with agreed template
Liaise with internal JV partners to agree event plan strategies, financials and timetables
Ensure best practice is followed when preparing plans, using experience across multiple events/portfolios
Support decisions/recommendations with accurate and relevant data

Event pricing and re-book targets
Shared responsibility - working with commercial team - for setting pricing and re-book targets
Working with Business Finance Analysts, provide support for pricing decisions including discounts, early bird rates or tiers
Submit pricing, re-book targets and rationale to MD/FD for approval
Submit pricing and re-book targets to CEO/CFO as part of event planning cycle in line with agreed timetable

M&A proposals
Shared responsibility - working with commercial team - for evaluating attractiveness of acquisition/disposal proposals, including lead role in writing papers for head office
Work with commercial team to create projections and estimate synergies
Liaise with head office to determine tax and discount rates
Shared responsibility - working with commercial team - for producing integration plan
Full responsibility for acquisition/disposal accounting and reconciliation/processing of earn-out payments

Event launches
Shared responsibility - working with commercial team - for evaluating attractiveness of launches
Help commercial team to create projections based on underlying market data and customer segmentation
Prepare launch proposals using Group template

Revenue accruals
Review and approve any revenue accruals over 30K
Ensure third party contracts in place and approved by Legal
Ensure commercial team and Business Finance Analysts have copies of contracts with third parties

Cost accruals
Review balance sheet on a monthly basis
Approve significant items flagged by Business Finance Analysts
Work with Business Finance Analysts to determine risks/upsides on a quarterly basis and make timely adjustments to P&L
Ensure material releases do not come as a surprise to FD/CFO

Month end reporting
Review and approve month end flash report highlighting key variances
Review and approve month end performance bridges
Provide relevant and concise commercial commentary to central team

Sales commissions
Review and approve sales commission payments
Ensure commission structures and targets aligned to deliver budget and strategic goals

Capital expenditure
Shared responsibility - working with commercial team - for creating clear and concise capex proposals, including financial returns, cash flow, implementation and risks
Challenge commercial team on assumptions and returns

Sales reporting
Review and approve weekly sales report, ensuring it includes concise commentary on trading vs target and risks/upsides
Raise trading issues with commercial teams and propose solutions for material variances

Audit and compliance
Support external and internal audit processes as necessary


Commercial finance position with 7-10 years relevant experience (professional accounting qualification(s) advantageous)
Commercial agility: able to use technical accounting and analytical skills to highlight data trends and deliver business results
Customer orientation: able to develop a deep understanding of products and markets, as well as the needs of customers and other stakeholders
Operational excellence: able to instill a strong and seamless control environment, developing and using KPIs to support growth and tightly manage costs
Technology: has a good understanding of reporting systems and analysis tools to provide commercial insight (experience with Oracle EBS and Oracle Planning, Oracle Planning modules, Smartview advantageous)
High performance: able to contribute to the success of a high performing team, communicating effectively with others and influencing in a matrix without direct authority
Excellent/fluent English, both written and spoken. Dutch is not a necessary.


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