Financial Controller BeneNord in Amsterdam at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 10/1/2018

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Job Description

The Job's Mission 

The positions as Financial Controller in the Nordic and Benelux region encompasses the financial support processes related to local finance across the BeneNord region for accounting and reporting, ensuring a “Best in Class” organisation is created and maintained through implementing solutions to further develop, maintain and improve customer satisfaction, internal controls environment, reduce cost and optimised finance processes for the local business.

This role reports to Finance Director: BeneNord and requires a strong partnership with the Finance  team in Nordic and Benelux, the EFSSC,  the European FP&A team and internal and external auditors across the region in BeneNord.

Key Activities & Accountabilities

Setting Direction

  • Drive actively the financial controlling function for local BeneNord region.
  • Participate in internal and external audits and set requirements from a local perspective.
  • Support proactively the EFSSC functions to enable finance to reach set goals.
  • Monitor regional expenses ensuring any adjustments for accruals for compensation, revenue recognition, rebates, other credit and debit adjustments are properly recorded. Align with the business Controller BNN on the business process.
  • Act as a role model to ensure that Finance and the rest of the business is in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations and Stryker’s Code of Conduct.

Building Organizational Capability

  • Focus on making local procedural changes and new or more effective ways to accomplish tasks, achieving team goals or performing team functions.
  • Play an active role in the broader European Finance team as we strive to implement a world class finance function.
  • Take ownership or participate in projects to further improve finance processes.
  • Build, liaise and maintain relationships and collaborates with colleagues across functions (Operations, HR, Compliance etc.), divisions (Sales, Marketing) and leadership.

Inspiring Others

  • Serve as the main contact person for the P2P and FP&A from a local point of view.
  • Increase business impact by sharing of expertise, promoting a free flow of information across the organization and building collaborative networks internally and externally.
  • Champion change, actively share ideas and plans with colleagues, and encourage multiple perspectives to find new and better ways to deliver results.

Delivering Results

  • Manage, plan, coordinate and participate in the internal and external audits in the BeneNord region.
  • Provide support for annual statutory financial statements processes in the region.
  • Support EFSSC in proving advice and guidance on country specific accounting and reporting.
  • Maintain and develop the internal controls framework for the BeneNord region.
  • Ensure narratives and internal controls are kept up to date.
  • Responsible for local implementation of corporate finance policies.
  • Collaborate with the Cash collections team to develop processes and to maximize collection for the region.
  • Review P&L and Balance Sheet information and identify errors or exceptions for local and UsGaap.
  • Work actively with tax return submissions and tax calculations for the region.
  • Check and adjust accruals, prepare journals in collaboration with the SSC.
  • Flash & Cash Flow commentary submission to Europe in collaboration with the Senior Finance Analyst (FP&A)
  • Conduct quarterly balance sheet reviews in compliance with the corporate policy.
  • Actively and hands on participate in the accounting processes assigned to local countries.
  • Ensure Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) related and identified for local finance are monitored and achieved.
  • Participate in projects and provide support to key stakeholders.
  • Responsible to maintain and validate the rebate and discount calculations adapted to the different countries.
  • In cooperation business controller drive the local closing process across the region to ensure quality submissions are provided and deadlines are met.
  • Manage assigned central projects.

Developing Talent

  • Collaboratively work to set performance objectives, identify specific development goals, monitors own performance and provides appropriate feedback to stay on track.
  • Actively work with Q12 together with broader finance team.
  • Actively seeks learning opportunities and encourages sharing of knowledge and expertise to achieve the best possible results.
  • Act as coach and supervise the accounting analyst in the BNN region.

Job Dimensions

  • Drive business analysis and accounting standards
  • Manage and analyse costs for the region to drive CTG
  • Meet deadlines
  • Build relationships across regions and divisions
  • Team engagement and performance Q12 >4


  • Driving the internal and external audit process for BeneNord
  • Drive and develop the financial controlling function for BeneNord
  • Drive and finalize projects as per assigned by FD or European CFO
  • Suggest improvements in processes and spending
  • Approvals as per company delegation of authority
  • Full HR responsibility for an accounting analyst


  • Fluent spoken and written Dutch and English. Any other European language is a plus
  • Degree in Business and Administration (MBA preferable)
  • Professional certification in controlling (RC/CIMA/CFA) or studying is a plus
  • Familiar with US GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley
  • Familiar with a bigger ERP system (such as Oracle or SAP)
  • Knowledge in Hyperion, Danube, Encompass is a plus
  • Advanced Excel skills


Proven record of accomplishment in Finance and Controlling including:

  • Minimum +5 years experience from a qualified finance role
  • Experience in Medical Device is a plus
  • Demonstrated success in month end closing, teamwork and change management
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, Power Point and other relevant software programs


  • Experience from working in a matrix organization
  • Experience from an international environment


  • Strong leadership skills – proven ability to recruit, develop and engage high performing teams
  • Ability to analyze data and identify a strategic plan based on output
  • Understands and considers customers, regulatory and legislative issues when making decisions
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key internal stakeholders and with key clients/customer groups that support and improve effectiveness
  • Develops and champions new ideas
  • Ability drive performance improvements and lead change
  • Understands what is needed to accomplish project objectives and establish appropriate goals and priority
  • Ability to withstand pressure and meet customer’s expectations
  • Ability to quickly understand complex processes and situations
  • Selects effective approaches to solving issues, based on available information and business objectives
  • Excellent communication (written & verbal) and presentation skills
  • A self-starter who can define priorities, workload and manage the complexities of multiple projects
  • Strong internal drive and motivation to make a difference and add value to an organization
  • Willingness to travel throughout Nordic and Benelux

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%


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