About the organization
Broadview (owned by HAL Investments) is a holding company that pursues long-term growth and value creation through active support of its operating companies and efficient capital allocation. Broadview’s aim is to support their companies in their development to become and stay the reference in their industry. So that they are still relevant decades from now. Not only does Broadview pursue acquisition opportunities linked to its existing businesses, but it also explores new industries where their insights show prospects for long-term value creation.
Broadview supports a decentralized governance model while ensuring a good coordination on strategy and synergies. Since its founding in 2008, the organization has evolved into an holding with a global production and commercial footprint. The compact Broadview team consists of 30 professionals, with the largest teams being Business Development and Finance. The office is located in Den Bosch and easy to reach by car and public transport (walking distance from the central train station).
Broadview strives for a culture that stimulates people to learn, have an impact and get the most out of themselves, while jointly aiming to do what is good for the company. This requires good cooperation and a relation of trust.
The group currently employs over 6.000 FTE worldwide divided over eleven operating companies that can be grouped in two sectors: Material Technology and Energy. As a Business Controller you will focus on one or more Material Technology companies. The companies Trespa (NL), Arpa (IT), Westag (GE), Homapal (GE) and Formica (EMEA, North America and Asia) together have a leading global position in surface materials with a combined sales of EUR 1,2 billion. Continuous investment to develop new and innovative products is a key part of the strategy. Next to technology, there is a strong focus on commercial excellence to gain and maintain leading positions in the selected markets.
The Business Controller has an all-round, responsible and highly visible role regarding the assigned operating companies by combining three main elements, being business control, the implementation of the Broadview governance system and projects. The Business Controller reports to the Concern Controller for Material Technology and requires a close cooperation with the companies’ CFOs and their respective teams as well as with the CFO and CEO of Broadview. The aim of the Business Control team is to help the companies to steer their businesses properly as well as to identify opportunities for improvement to create long-term sustainable growth. This is only possible with good discussions based on correct, fact-based and timely reports. Each company has its own challenges which need to be addressed. As the group is growing, next steps could be a either a financial management position in one of the operating companies or a larger responsibility at holding level.
Day-to-day business control activities, such as margin monitoring at customer and/or product level and detailed cost control, are mostly happening within the operating companies. Business Controllers at Broadview are initially involved at a less detailed level, with a clear focus to identify areas for improvement that might be missed in the daily operation. Follow-up actions will subsequently be defined and monitored together with the teams in the operating companies. The Business Controllers at Broadview are also closely involved in cross-company projects such as realization of synergies.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Coordinate, plan and monitor the monthly reporting, quarterly forecasts and annual budget process of the subsidiaries as well as the process at Broadview;
- Monitor progress on key performance indicators and qualitative budget agreements. As part of the quarterly financial control cycle, agreements are made with the operating companies to progress on the short and long term. The Business Controller is responsible to monitor and report on progress made, and proactively engage and challenge the operating companies’ CFO and CEOs;
- As part of the business control, provide in-depth analyses of trends and issues at the subsidiaries. For example, if in a given month the gross margin of a particular subsidiary shows an unexpected development, the Business Controller in close conjunction with the CFO of the subsidiary – should perform a review of the facts, identify the root cause of the abnormality and provide insight on whether action is required;
- Monitor and report on the cooperation of the companies within the Materials Technology segment through close contact with the CFOs of the subsidiaries;
- Both at Broadview as well as the operating companies, improvement projects are pursued. The Business Controller will be engaged in such projects in a coordinating role or as a team member of a larger project team, depending on the nature of the project. Examples of such projects in the past have been the implementation of synergy related projects, a waste-registration system in one of the factories, but also addressing the practical consequences of changes in IFRS.
Skills and Educational Background
- Master degree in Economics, Business Administration or Accounting;
- A start of career in a financial consulting firm with business oriented assignments, for example looking at drivers of performance from a Transaction Services perspective, and/or up to 5-10 years of relevant working experience as a Business Controller in a highly professional, multinational company;
- A solid understanding of a broad array of business processes – preferably in a manufacturing environment – and a natural ongoing curiousness towards those;
- Well-developed analytical skills: self-propelling and able to prepare structured and crisp hypotheses and analyses using the available data and reports. Willing to deep dive on (historical) data to identify trends and relationships;
- Synthesizing skills: able to summarize significant amounts of information and reports into the key messages, in order to be able to communicate to internal and external stakeholders about a topic;
- Communication skills: able to challenge operating companies to reflect on their assumptions, decisions, actions and behaviour;
- Fluent in English and Dutch; German and Italian are considered an advantage;
- Excel, Word and PowerPoint native, experience using COGNOS / IBM TM1 and Exact Globe are considered an advantage;
- Willingness to travel to the companies (estimated up to 20%)
- You are a content focused professional, someone who enjoys analytical challenges and a high abstract thinking level. This does not mean one should not be willing to dive in – it can be extremely important to do so at times – however focus is more on important topics than on urgent ones as these are followed up by company CFOs in most cases;
- You are a responsible professional with high working standards. Taking ownership and delivering on your task is essential. People who fit well with Broadview take responsibility for their own actions, are eager to make an impact, disciplined, mature and curious. They are pro-active, have a strong content-focus and have the will to really understand the content before concluding on a topic;
- To ensure a good fit with the team, it is equally important that you are open and transparent. You know your own strengths and weaknesses, you are self-reflective, open for feedback and have high moral standards.
For more information, please contact Marcel Eldering or Eline van der Stee at 010-268 7140 or via firstname.lastname@example.org