The CFO is responsible for the GSMO Finance function within Germany which comprises of Financial Control team, Segment Finance team, and Control & Compliance group.
A main deliverable for the CFO is to build organizational capability with strong succession plans made up of diverse talent, containing numerous potential future leaders of the company.
Reporting directly to the CFO EMEA, this role is part of the GSMO Finance Leadership team making key decisions around people, business processes and business Impact to enable the Vision of "Trusted Leaders, Front Line Impact".
This role is also the key business partner for the Country AVP and forms part of the German Senior Leadership team accountable for delivering the business results for Germany whilst operating within Microsoft company policies and local laws.
You must create a clear financial strategy for the country that aligns to business goals and then drive results consistent with the goal.
To be successful in this role, you must be able to attract, hire, develop and retain the very best finance talent from the market as well as internally from within Microsoft.
You must ensure that you appropriately prioritize your time and that of the finance team to drive tangible frontline business impact by building and implementing business strategies to accelerate profitable growth whilst also ensuring the finance team still delivers the core processes and rhythms across the region.
Key accountabilities and activities :
CFOs hire, develop and retain the best talent within Microsoft and in the local external marketplace and build highly effective, inclusive teams.
We build a pipeline of qualified candidates for positions within Germany and work with colleagues at Corporate and around the world to provide appropriate developmental opportunities for our staff.
Key accountabilities are as follows :
2. Business Impact
CFOs actively contribute to grow their business profitably and maximize shareholder value for the company. Own the performance management process from strategic local priorities setting, to target setting, budgeting, forecasting, actual, variance and trend analysis.
3. Finance & Business process excellenceCFO is focused on ensuring that both the basic financial control mechanisms are in place in the team as well as driving efficiencies around the budget, executing financial processes and driving business productivity.
Focus areas include :
4. Leading Finance Transformation
To contribute fully to the success of the company, Finance must continue to use our limited resources optimally. This means regular self-review and transformation to take advantage of opportunities in our markets and in our industry.
5. Customer relationship
As the CFO, the role requires a good understanding of the internal and external customer environment. The CFO invests time to participate in the external finance community as well as engaging with customers & partners and adding value to internal customers.
The key activities include :
Essential Job Functions Responsibility / Activity
12-15+ years’ experience in Finance with strong demonstration of (people) leadership, business partnering capabilities and controls & compliance culture.
Education, qualifications, training :
o Degree in Economics or Business
o MBA preferable
o Chartered Accountant / CPA optional
Experience or skills required :
o Seasoned Finance professional- excellent functional finance skills (Accounting, controlling, tax, compliance (SOX), audit
o Significant experience in Finance Management at a senior level
o Strong communication skills (orally and writing skills as well as towards non-finance audience) and interpersonal skills.
o Experience with multi-cultural and country specific circumstances.
o Ability to influence, negotiate, resolve conflicts, establish credibility, trust and partnership at all levels of the organization.
o Leadership skills and decision making ability.
o Strong external representation skills (local Tax Authorities, independent auditors, lawyers, customers and partners).
o Can do and thinking out of the box attitude combined with hands on approach.
o Experienced people management and people development skills.
o Strong ethic, integrity and accountability attitude.
o Acquired an effective management style that allows management by influence in a virtual organization in balance with direct management.
o Proven track record of achieving results through influence with no direct line authority
o Proven track record of building a professional Finance team and supported successful careers of High Talents and High Potentials
o Past Demonstration on results achievement and drive change
o Subsidiary controller role experience
Characteristics : o Business acumen
o Thought leadership
o Strong analytical and conceptual abilities
o Well refined technical finance and strategic skills
o Team player
o Cross Cultural sensitivity
o Strong interpersonal awareness and emotional intelligence skills
o Influencing skills and good in holding other people accountable’ (corporate and subsidiaries)
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