• Permanent, Full time
  • Michael Page
  • 18 Jan 18

Head of Finance Europe

  • Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • bonus
  • Full time

The Head of Finance Europe will work with the Amsterdam bases finance & operations team and CFO. The ideal candidate lead for the European business- all financial planning & analysis, performance measurement, operations, risk management, compliance and cash management activities and processes.

Our client is a fast-growing global trading firm with a broad portfolio. It has succesfully been established to facilitate the new trading opportunities.



  • Alongside the CFO and in close liaison with peer regional Heads of Finance in USA and Asia develop short and long-term strategic operational and financial plans for the trading firm based in Amsterdam.

  • Incorporate a solid growth strategy into the long term business and financial plans and identify the required steps in terms of processes, systems and people.

  • Pro-actively provide recommendations to the CFO to strategically enhance financial performance and business opportunities.

  • Provide executive management with advice on the financial implications of business activities.

  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs, strategies and regulatory action.

Business Orientation:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with senior executives so as to identify their needs and seek full range of business solutions beyond just the Finance perspective.

  • Make sure that the Finance Operations, Business Planning & Analysis and the Mid-office & Risk Management teams are well connected and aligned with the trading activities.

  • Ensure credibility of Finance group by making sure the teams provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends and forecasts.

Design and manage processes and performance:

  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with regulatory market and (indirect) tax requirements.

  • Enhance and maintain accounting procedures, processes and systems and ensure internal controls are properly designed and operating effectively.

  • Set up and manage shared services (Finance & Risk) provided to the MiFID II regulated business unit of the trading firm.

  • Monitor that processes between the different finance functions are properly coordinated, aligned.

Leading the team:

  • Lead and develop a strong Finance & Operations team.

  • Focus in the team development and individual assessments on continuous evaluation of the short and long-term strategic financial objectives.

  • Own, develop and drive key performance indicators while providing mentorship, coaching motivation, direction and on-going feedback to the different team members.

  • Further enhance the management skills of the managers of the teams and encourage them to taken on new initiatives in improving their team performance and/or processes.


The ideal candidate;

  • Master degree in Accounting or Finance (or MBA) + RA qualification
  • 10+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership role
  • Big 4 background with additional in-house/industry experience

  • Fluent in English, preferably native speaker (Dutch)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of developing or upgrading the Finance function in an international setting
  • Experience with commodity trading and financial markets is a plus


  • Focus on quality
  • Planning & organizing
  • Stress management
  • Cooperation
  • Ambition & vision
  • Business orientation
  • Leadership of groups

Job Offer

  • Competitive salary-package + bonus
  • Secondary benefits