Area Finance Director, Sub Saharan Africa

We are looking for an experienced and strategic-minded Area Finance Director for Sub-Sahara & Africa, with strong analytical- and stakeholder management skills, to be placed in South Africa.

As the Area Finance Director, you will play a critical role in our Performance Management, improving our Sales performance in this exciting African continent, as being a strong Financial Business Partner for our Area Management team, and close partner with our Area Managing Director. Grundfos in Sub-Sahara & Africa count companies in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, & Nigeria, and have customers in most countries in the continent.

What is the job about?

You will be a trusted partner in delivering solid financial insights and analysis that will enable fact-based decisions across the Area. Moreover, you will develop business plans for new initiatives and support management in continuing the implementation of a group profitability mindset and a high standard of ethical norms.

Key responsibilities:

  • Interpret and translate the strategy and integrate with planning models.
  • Secure transparency and clarity on performance metrics and financial numbers end-to-end.
  • Collect information and control investments from business case to evaluation.
  • Optimize financial processes, including pricing processes in close alignment with Sales.
  • Drive the planning process, including annual target setting, budgeting, forecasting and coordinating business reviews.
  • Provide key facts and arguments for negotiations with top customers.
  • Consolidate budgets and control expenses.
  • Ensure frequent, timely and high-quality financial reporting across reporting dimensions.
  • Establish insight on financial cost-out support, extending to progress reporting and monitoring of P/L Impact.
  • Enable fact-based decisions across the area via dashboards.
  • Drive & Prepare material for the quarterly Business Review meetings

The role will be associated with some travel activity and you can expect to travel 40-60 days/year.


What do you need to apply?

You hold a Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or similar.

You have at least 7-10 years of relevant work experience and in-depth knowledge about how controlling and finance operate. Furthermore, you have experience with interactively building bridges between finance and business operations, especially on sales and profitability.

You have experience developing and implementing overall operation processes, preferably within a global finance environment, just as experience working in a large international manufacturing & sales environment would be a major advantage.

To succeed in the role, you must be sufficiently comfortable working with financial information to readily understand the meaning of a variety of ratios and trends and how they influence a company and performance unit, just as you must be comfortable giving an account hereof. Financial experience within project sales will be an advantage, together with 4-6 years’ experience with SAP.

Possibly you have experience from a role abroad. Experience leading and developing other leaders in a team or department will be an advantage.

It is essential that you possess strong communication skills and that you have previous experience ensuring that management understands the implications of financial reports, as well as how good internal control processes incorporated in business processes can help process transactions accurately and produce reliable financial information.

You can influence relevant stakeholders through strong arguments and the presentation of facts and data. You are able to navigate and understand the requirements and processes related to negotiations with top customers as part of a negotiation team and you can provide valuable input and key arguments for the negotiation process.

You are generally familiar with legal formalities and global tax issues, e.g. best practices, relevant policies, systems, processes, local laws and regulations that may influence execution opportunities in the area and function.


Additional Information 

If this sounds appealing to you, please upload your CV/resume and cover letter via our Careers portal.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

This position is open to all employees and all applications will be considered.

Preference may be given to suitably qualified applicants from designated groups in line with the Company’s Employment Equity Plan.


About Grundfos 

Water is our business. With our pumps and pump solutions, we set the standard and keep raising the bar when it comes to water and energy efficiency and protecting the environment. We are passionate about what we do and want to make a difference every day. 

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