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Financial Controller

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 160,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Job location(s): Schiphol , The Netherlands

The Financial Controller role provides an excellent opportunity to those candidates looking to not only solidify their controlling skills, but also prepare themselves for the next career step into more senior finance opportunities. This role reports directly into the Finance Manager of the group and sits on a team of 32fte total, covering all of the EMEA region. In this role, you will be a trusted partner to the Agriculture (crush) business Belgium. Located in the ports of Ghent and Antwerp, our processing facilities crush beans and seeds into crude oils for further refining as well as for protein meal which is used in compound animal feed. The financial controller works closely together with the commercial and supply chain teams which are both located in Schiphol and aligns with the plant accountants in our plants in Antwerp and Ghent. You will serve as the main link between the different sources of information and the relevant business stakeholders, providing them with a rigorous, analytical financial statement review performed at each business/country level. Continuous improvement of financial reporting processes will be crucial in the role. The financial controller Oils & Seeds will be accountable for providing timely and relevant financial reports as well as the overall P&L for the crush business in Belgium. Working closely together with our financial shared service centre (CBS) to ensure information from different sources is available in a timely fashion, the financial controller will be responsible for financial statement assurance and will perform a first line of defence within Cargill’s control framework.

Major Tasks

+ Maintain close cooperation with commercial, supply chain and other business/product managers to understand the local business challenges and strategies;

+ Assist in the yearly budget preparation;

+ Liaise with the regional management information, decision support and financial risk management teams on input and measurement of any key information needed on business group level;

+ Identify continuous improvement areas within finance and participate in continuous improvement projects.

+ Accountable for monthly financial reporting for a small Business Group or support a business controller for a large Business Group;

+ Responsible for the preparation of regular monthly reports of corporate finance, statutory purposes and local management reporting in cooperation with Cargill business services (CBS);

+ Accountable for the outcomes of all accounting and financial reporting activities for the selected Business Group;

+ Provide quarterly the Control Review Package (CRP) and lower level financial review data;

+ Review balance sheet accounts reconciliation prepared by CBS team;

+ Accountable for US GAAP reporting for the relevant CRP;

+ Manage the annual statutory audit;

+ Manage Cargill business services (CBS) performance and end-to-end to processes from a Business Group perspective;

+ Monitor relevance and accuracy of the different sources of information;


+ Master’s Degree in Finance or Accounting with 3-5 years accounting experience

+ Minimum 3 years of Financial Control experience

+ Fluency in Dutch and English is essential

+ Proven experience with local and US GAAP reporting

+ Proven experience with new BI tools, such as Power BI

+ Proven ability to understand key business drivers and how to translate these into meaningful reporting

+ Demonstrated ability to operate in a culture of continuous improvement, process optimization, and intellectual curiosity

+ Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

+ Strong problem solving and analytical skills

+ Demonstrated change agility

+ Demonstrated flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity

+ Understanding and experience working with JDE or SAP

+ Skilled at leveraging financial and business systems to monitor business activities and aid in decision making. Maintains working knowledge of data systems and applications;

+ Proven ability to manage outcomes whilst not having all employees reporting to yourself

+ Resilient and agile

+ Proven experience in capital management

+ Ability to travel up to 10%

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world. Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today. Follow us on LinkedIn:



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