Vacancy Details

Finance Systems Expert


A. Purpose of the job:

The Finance Systems Expert is the SAP process improvement expert for the business. Through a deep understanding of the different SAP modules (FI/CO/SD/…) on the one hand and an outstanding knowledge of finance, manufacturing and logistics processes on the other hand, the successful candidate will drive forward financial process and reporting quality by efficiency using SAP's built-in capabilities, business intelligence tools and automated reporting processes. This role is driving Global Reporting Automation projects as well as local systems projects and process improvements.

B. Environment/Context:

  • Based in Europe (Koln), this role is driving Global Reporting Automation projects as well as local ones (pilot in Koln - roll out globally).
  • The successful candidate has a level of seniority through experience in order to navigate the global and local requirements, with the need to influence people and Departments without direct reporting line to successfully implement automation projects.
  • Member of the Finance team at the integrated Koln Manufacturing Site hosting multiple businesses.
  • Representative for site related systems issues involving Finance and SAP.
  • Ability to take initiative and implement improvements.
  • Reporting improvement and the use of SAP capabilities, business intelligence and big data tools will be key for quality improvement and standardization
  • Flexibility and availability to provide support after normal European business hours during certain times in the month.
  • Solid understanding of tax models.
  • Work with Finance and IT team members in the USA, Europe and Asia while managing the challenges of time zone differences.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with external parties, such as auditors and IT vendors.
  • Monitor & Implement changes in the system landscape, laws and regulations that affect Financial processes (e.g. VAT, changes on Accounting Standards, import/export regulations, process changes, etc)

C. Accountabilities of the job:

Global Reporting Automation (Global) (40%)

  • Continuously improve the reporting quality, efficiency and accuracy by using SAP's built-in capabilities and implementing globally automated reporting processes.
  • Develop additional automated analysis and reports as necessary to assist Finance, Commercial and Management to increase decision making performance and transparency.
  • Provide solutions to any process issues between the different BU's and departments

Local Reporting Automation and Month-end closing support (Cologne) (30%)

  • Responsible for making step changes in reporting automation on the Cologne site, serving as a pilot for global implementation.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate completion of certain month-end and year-end closing activities.
  • Prepare and Upload files (e.g. fixed cost, variable cost, payroll, trial balance) from EOP to PC1 SAP systems and verify correctness of information.
  • Assist with and automate the monthly Hyperion reporting upload
  • Point of contact for any additional related requests (Auditors, annual stock counts, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned

Ad-hoc projects (Global and Cologne) (30%)

  • Finance lead for local and global SAP projects as representative
  • Cologne focal point for the implementation of S4/HANA
  • Other duties as assigned

D. Dimensions:




  • Turnover

  • €696 million (2021 actuals)

    €1,673 million (2021 actuals)


  • €94 million (2021 actuals)

    €221 million (2021 actuals)

  • Business complexity

  • - 1 site

    - 2 assets

    - Entrepreneur model

    - 8 HFM entities

    - 3 sites

    - 5 offices

    - 1 R&D center

    - 27 HFM entities

    Supervision of staff: Give the number of people you supervise. "Direct" means that they report directly to you. "Indirect" means they report to someone who reports to you.







    E. Main contacts:


    Frequency of contacts

    My role in those contacts

    Purpose of contacts



    Project lead

    Target setting and status update on Global Reporting Automation projects.

    Global Controller

    Monthly - or as needed

    Project lead

    Status updates and follow-up of Global Reporting Automation projects.

    Global Reporting Manager and EMEA Controller


    Systems expert, sparring partner

    Translate global and local reporting requirements into automated reports in our SAP system.

    Global IT team

    Monthly - or as needed

    Influence, collaborate

    Collaborate and influence in order to drive the Global Reporting Automation Agenda.

    US Controller

    As needed

    Systems expert,

    Provide advice and propose system solutions for suboptimal processes.

    Koln Controller and team


    Systems expert, sparring partner, team member

    Challenge ad-hoc and propose system solutions for suboptimal processes. Respond to requests, support during close/reporting process

    Customer Service/Logistics Managers


    Business partner

    Resolve issues with inventory, sales, invoicing and VAT. Responsible for testing and signing off impact of SAP changes on finance modules.

    Commercial Team

    Weekly - or as needed

    Business partner

    Respond to inquiries and assist with analysis through thoughtfully set up SAP reports.

    F. Required profile:

    Level of education & Experience in general

    • Master's degree in Finance and/or IT-data management.
    • Ten or more years professional experience in SAP processes impacting financial accounting, preferably within the Chemicals industry.
    • Solid experience in business process management in a SAP environment, including exposure to business process analysis and design, knowledge of principles, applications and techniques of appropriate systems with clear willingness and ability to be 'hands on'
    • Experience in the process industry, ideally chemicals industry
    • Hyperion/HFM experience
    • Chartered Accountant or Management Accountant (or German equivalent) is a plus
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language is a must.

    Technical skills

    • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex data and problem solve
    • Extensive Experience on SAP financial systems (FI/CO) and interdependencies with other modules (E.g. SD) - Super-user experience is a must
    • Profound experience with MS Office, specifically strong Excel skills
    • Visual Basics knowledge
    • Affinity and experience in Business Intelligence tools, Finance Bots and Big Data tools
    • Knowledge of VAT rules and regulations. IFRS knowledge

    Behavioural skills

    • Confident in working closely with leadership on a variety of projects from simple to highly complex with strategic levels of importance.
    • Drive for understanding, analysing and improving SAP reports and training users on implemented solution.
    • Identifies and prioritizes process- and reporting improvements and takes ownership for implementing solutions.
    • Proven leadership skills and excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills across all levels and organizational boundaries.
    • Self-starter, able to work independently and influence team members and other departments with minimal supervision on an ongoing basis.
    • Enjoy working in a close team environment on common goals under both normal and stressful conditions.
    • Willingness to learn and to assist others to learn, both within the team and with other contacts within the business.
    • Flexible and nonpartisan, focused on supporting the business goals.
    • Able to form and maintain positive relationships with other businesses at the site.
    • Sensitivity to cultural differences in working with international colleagues.
    • Good project management skills

    G. Performance indicators:

    • Efficient and insightfully automated SAP processes and reports enabling the entire team to spend more time on value added analysis as opposed to reporting.
    • Completion of Finance projects and objectives, to be delivered on-time and on-budget
    • Accuracy of inputs and reporting.

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