Director of Finance;IVS in Amsterdam at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 6/27/2018

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Job Description

The Job's Mission

Reporting directly to Business Unit Managing Director with a dotted line to US IVS Controller, the EU IVS Finance Director will maintain overall control and responsibility for all financial aspects of business unit strategy and is expected to provide financial analysis and implement recommendations based on these findings.  Serves on business unit leadership team and supports other business unit functional leaders to help with planning and managing their budgets and goals. Responsible for financial integration of recent acquisition in France, therefore must be fluent in French and English. Directs and coordinates financial practices in conjunction with the preparation of financial reports.  Appraises operating results and proposes recommendations to improve business results with regards to budgets, projections, and the overall health of the business unit.  
Key Activities & Accountabilities  

Financial Planning and Analysis

  • Work with business unit leadership team to grow the business by formulating appropriate financial strategies and plans.  Support the identification of market opportunities. Determine business strategy to seize market opportunities both organically and through business development (e.g. acquisitions).
  • Close involvement in analysis of product development and business development activities.
  • Direct involvement in Divisional Strategic Plan process – take ownership of SP financials.
  • Lead and manage the annual budgeting and monthly financial projection processes. Submit all divisional forecasts and budgets to Europe FP&A for consolidation and final signoff. Provide details for expense trends, marketing events and activities, demos and other investments.
  • Liaise with countries and FP&A Europe to understand root causes of financial results, investigation of budget variances and formulation of recovery plans.
  • Prepares and interprets operating results as they affect the financial aspects of the progress to financial goals and objectives: Analyze variances between actual and expected financial results. Participate in EU Flash reviews.
  • Present monthly financials to Divisional management.  Act as primary point of contact for all Divisional financial matters and queries.
  • Partner with EU Finance in the implementation of accounting guidelines and ensure all Company policies are adhered to within the business unit.  Responsibility for the business unit complying with all other applicable financial laws and regulations, company policies and corrective actions.
  • Participates in the setting of overall business unit and departmental goals and priorities.
  • Utilize market intelligence data and reports to perform analysis of competitor’s results and evaluate market share position.
  • Build and develop a strong environment of collaboration and partnership with Country teams, Europe FP&A and Transatlantic teams in the U.S.
  • Represents the Division on project teams and finance initiatives and meetings. Member of the European Finance Leadership Team. 

Acquisition Integration - Financial Accounting and Reporting

  • Divisional Finance Lead for financial integration of recent acquisition
  • Order-to-Cash integration, Sales Channel Strategy and Implementation
  • Management of local finance team
  • Partner with Europe FP&A to ensure timely and accurate completion of all financial reporting
  • Maintain overall responsibility for Financial Statements and compliance with local Statutory and Tax requirements, including the management of local audits

Internal Controls

  • Responsible for the implementation and management of an effective system of internal controls, in partnership with Country Finance and the European finance Shared Services
  • Ensures critical business processes are well documented and communicated to facilitate effective and efficient execution
  • Implementation of Corporate Policies. Work with the local country finance management team to ensure Country specific policies are followed.
  • Sarbanes Oxley compliance

Team Engagement & Development

  • Provide leadership and direction to the aqcquired finance team, leading by example
  • Make self available as coach / mentor in assisting direct reports to develop in their positions
  • Establish and clearly communicate performance objectives and development plans
  • Maintain regular communications on performance
  • Identify high potentials and provide them with opportunities to grow and develop to their next roles
  • Take necessary steps to address issues that may impact performance.
  • Actively promote an environment of trust and high engagement
  • Manage the evolution of the finance function in alignment with global business and functional strategies

Your qualifications

  • B.B.A. or B.S. (or equivalent) with an emphasis in Accounting and/or Finance
  • M.B.A. (or equivalent) with concentration in Finance, Accounting or general business (preferred)
  • CPA preferred, with understanding of US GAAP and IFRS accounting principles
  • Fluency in French and English

  Experience  As above, indicate the length and type of experience required to perform this job satisfactorily.  

  • 10+ years related experience
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Intermediate PC skills including spreadsheet and word processing applications
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Report analysis
  • EIS (Executive Information System)
  • Strong accounting knowledge
  • Time management
  • Financial reporting
  • Performance reviews
  • Presentation skills


  • Must be able to generate and explain detailed proposals, guidelines and procedures.
  • Must be able to analyze and resolve complex accounting/finance issues of a broad scope using independent judgment.
  • Must be able to routinely make decisions that affect immediate operations and may have a company-wide effect.
  • Must be able to observe and correct minute inconsistencies (e.g. in the printed word, an accounting report or system, etc.).

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 50%


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