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Financial Controller

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in 1919 in Belgium, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 10000 employees in 74 countries, with a consolidated turnover of over €2 billion. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical.


Position Overview

Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, we are currently recruiting a talented professional for the position of Finance Controller for the Finance Cluster Germany & Switzerland.

Reporting directly to the Finance Manager Germany and with a strong link to the Management Teams in Germany and Switzerland, you will play a key role contributing significantly to the financial performance of the Puratos entities, with key focus on the manufacturing operation based in Switzerland. You will be a key player supporting growth & development of the Puratos business in a sustainable and profitable way.

in your Cluster role (~65%), you will coordinate the Swiss finance function (Swiss/German based & partially outsourced) and identify actions, formulate recommendations and present financial / operational information to allow accurate decision making.

As part of the German Finance Team, you will actively contribute in shaping value creation of Puratos Germany, operating in Europe’s largest baked goods market.


Key accountabilities


Finance management

  • Develop finance organizational strategies by compiling financial and accounting information, (trend) analysis, and recommendations.
  • Organize and manage the accounting and data processing functions for reliable, timely administration and reporting in alignment with statutory, fiscal and group requirements.
  • Establish, manage & maintain partnerships with external stakeholders and authorities.
  • Partner and challenge internal stakeholders to improve internal procedures to guarantee safeguarding and optimal use of company assets. This includes strict debtor management, stock control, cash management, …
  • Safeguard application of Group and local generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assist and advise the Swiss and German Management Teams in various financial and business related matters and support the decision-making process with relevant data.
  • Effectively communicate financial goals/targets and ensure accountability is assigned to the appropriate functional leader; work closely with local management teams in setting cost control and reduction strategies.
  • Drive the annual budgeting and monthly forecasting process.
  • Manage financing requirements and optimize cash management in coordination with the Group treasury function.
  • Reinforce the effective use of MRP and ERP systems with internal business partners.
  • Actively influence pricing strategies.
  • Reduce FX exposure through hedge management.


Capital assets management

In collaboration with Operations:

  • Evaluate CAPEX requirements to enhance production performance
  • Review IRR for all major capital additions with documented business case scenario
  • Minimize spending risk through effective supplier management strategies.



Master in Finance or Business Administration with a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience. Experience in a manufacturing environment - preferably in a multi-national context - is highly recommended:

  • You are accurate, efficient and have a strong business acumen & drive for results;
  • You are capable to organize, plan and execute reliably and independently;
  • You are proficient in MS Office; proficiency in SAP & BI is a plus;
  • You have excellent English writing and communication skills;
  • You have strong influencing, analytical and problem solving skills;
  • You have a good understanding of law and general practices in terms of finance management;
  • You demonstrate sufficient understanding & knowledge of IFRS;
  • You are a team player & practice partnership at all levels of the organization
  • You are ready to travel up to 25% of your working time


Our Offer

Puratos provides a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment that encourages everyone to take initiatives and suggest ideas that will contribute to the success of the company.

Next to a competitive salary package, Puratos offers a flexible work place alternating remote work with physical presence as well as a career that you can further shape and develop.