• Competitive
  • Hamburg, Deutschland
  • Festanstellung, Vollzeit
  • PER, Private Equity Recruitment
  • 2018-07-18

Finance Director For Private Equity Backed Business Services Firm, Hamburg, Germany

Reference: 2530 /25M

Our client is a clinical research organisation (CRO) headquartered near Hamburg. The company is backed by a leading French private equity fund to support the growth strategy of the company and is now looking to hire a Finance Director

Our client is a clinical research organisation (CRO) with a specialisation in agro-chemical products, backed by a leading French small and mid cap investment firm. The firm is seeking to establish itself in its niche as a market leader with a truly European footprint. Their major entities are located in Germany and France with subsidiaries in Spain and Italy. They are now looking to hire a Finance Director to lead and develop the accounting and controlling function in Germany, based in the group’s headquarters in Stade, near Hamburg.


  • Leading and developing the German accounting and controlling function
  • Ability to manage and guide the team
  • Business partner for Sales / Management team
  • Budget planning for the entity’s regular forecasting and tracking of results
  • Coordination and preparation of monthly reporting and annual financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow)
  • Implementing and optimising best-in-class management information systems and KPIs
  • Implementing group accounting methods for the consolidated accounts
  • Preparation of project revenue recognition under German GAAP and IFRS
  • Cash and liquidity management (cash pooling, cash flow forecasts, working capital management)
  • Be the go-to person for tax advisors, auditors, insurance companies and bank partners
  • Investor reporting


  • A good business degree, ideally with a focus on finance, accounting and / or controlling
  • Significant relevant work experience in an accounting / controlling leadership position of a service company
  • Experience of the financial monitoring of projects (accounting schemes and financial performance) are helpful
  • Strong analytical skills, highly data-driven with an affinity for numbers
  • Good English and native German language skills are required. Additional language skills in French and / or Spanish are welcomed but not required
  • Very good Excel skills
  • Sector know-how is not a must but beneficial
  • Good communication and leadership skills, interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Easy-going, open-minded and down-to-earth
  • Motivated to participate in building / training the finance team



Recruiters Reference: 2530 /25M

Hamburg, Deutschland Hamburg Hamburg DE