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Netherlands: MSF OCA Vacancy: Financial Controller (100%)

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Organization: MSF - Holland
Country: Netherlands
Closing date: 15 Jul 2017

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent, medical, emergency relief organization that provides assistance to people worldwide, regardless of their background, religion or political convictions. Above all, we aim to save lives and to offer medical care to victims of disasters, wars and epidemics.

MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA) currently operates medical humanitarian interventions in around 30 countries. On a yearly basis MSF-Holland deploys approximately 1,400 international staff and employs 9,000 national staff. At headquarters in Amsterdam, around 300 employees offer their support to the projects. The overall budget of MSF-Holland is around 300 Mio Euros of which 260 Mio Euros are spent in humanitarian projects in the field and 40 Mio Euros in HQ support for these projects.

The Finance Department is responsible for safeguarding of sound registration as well as monitoring the financial situation and advising the management on budgets and the financial position. It has 20 staff members working in 3 units: Field Finance, Office Finance and Inheritances & Legacies.

To improve the financial control of the organisation the finance department is looking for a:

Financial Controller (100%)

Start date: 1 September 2017

MSF Operational Center Amsterdam has been growing in the last years not only in terms of budget, but also in terms of activities and complexity. Several mid to large scale projects to improve our support to field operations have been started and/or are being implemented. This requires increased financial support to the different departments and projects, more focused financial monitoring and control and the preparation of management reporting to steer decisions at senior and executive level.

To achieve this improved financial control this new position of Financial Controller will be introduced. He/She will hierarchically report to the HoD Finance who is a member of the management team of the Resource Departments. The work will require close cooperation with the Finance Department Coordinators, other Heads of Department, the Project Management Office and project managers as well as the Controller.

Objectives of the position

  • To produce financial (cost) analysis and management information that enables the management to make informed decisions
  • To advice budget holders in preparing and managing their budgets
  • To proactively monitor and analyse departments’ financial performance, cost effectiveness and to provide feedback and steering to budget holders
  • To ensure that departments’ budgets are properly accounted for
  • To propose and implement improvements in the financial planning and forecasting processes and to aid optimisation of cost allocations in line with reporting requirements
  • To advice project managers in the preparation of financial business cases to demonstrate financial viability and benefits of investment proposals and to monitor project budgetsTo assist project managers in the preparation of financial business cases to demonstrate financial viability and benefits of investment proposals and to monitor project budgets

Main characteristics:

  • Prepare and publish monthly financial reports for discussion with and steering of Heads of department and project managers
  • Perform in-depth analysis of departmental financial plans as basis for decisions making by budget holders and management
  • Produce financial analysis and cost (driver) analysis in order to optimise cost effectiveness
  • Analyse and review project budgets and challenge project managers on their assumptions as preparation for decisions by Steering Committees and management
  • Perform capital investment analysis and multi-year financial planning
  • Evaluate project and capital investment cash flow planning
  • Prepare consolidated budget overviews and multiyear plans
  • Support month-end and year-end close process, monitor consistent use of account and cost center structure and follow-up with the budget owners
  • Train and support budget owners on technical use and management of their budgets
  • Review and where necessary suggest improvements of the chart of accounts, cost center structure and analytical break-down to enable meaningful reporting
  • Define financial modelling to enhance performance
  • Develop and maintain project budget monitoring tools and processes with a focus on multi-year planning and evaluation. Ensure implementation of these tools in the new ERP system
  • Monitor compliance of accounting and flag potential issues
  • Contribute to financial communication (presentation to executive and associative bodies, annual accounts, donor communication)

Profile / Requirements

  • University degree in financial control, finance or equivalent or other degree plus relevant working experience

§ 3 year experience in financial control

§ Strong financial analytical skills

§ Experience in management accounting

§ Knowledge and experience with business processes beyond Finance (preferably procurement and fundraising)

§ Strong knowledge in ERP systems, Business Intelligence solutions and Excel

§ pro-active style of working

§ Team work

§ Customer orientation

§ Strong communication skills and ability to convince others

§ Organisational sensitivity

§ Attention to detail

How to apply:

· A gross salary in scale 7 of a minimum of € 3,167 and a maximum of € 4,522 per month, based on relevant work experience

· A premium free pension

· A challenging position in an ambitious team in an international organization

Information & Application

For more information about this position, please contact Irmgard Troon – HR Advisor:

020 – 840 8561

If you recognize yourself in the profile, please apply directly via our website or by following link:

** Please upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English*

*as one combined document. **

The closing date for application is 14 July 2017.