Country Finance Director - EN in Newbury at Stryker

Newbury, Berkshire
Competetive Salary
19 Feb 2018
21 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full time

The mission of the Country Finance Director is to provide the Country business and functional leaders the financial support required to enable informed decisions, manage risks and opportunities and achieve business objectives. The incumbent also takes primary ownership of the accuracy, reliability and relevance of the financial statements and must be able to articulate the root causes and significant drivers of changes in financial performance. This person must also take an active role in the implementation and management of an effective system of internal controls at both Country and European level, partnering with the European Shared Services organization to ensure financial transactions are properly reflected in the financial statement and full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Collaboration and Business Interactions

  • Build and develop strong relationships with Country business and functional leaders, Europe Finance and Divisional Finance
  • Support deployment and ongoing development of the new Transatlantic Operating Model, building and developing a strong environment of collaboration with divisional sales, marketing and finance teams and providing local insights to the pan-European TOM divisional organization
  • Act as primary financial partner for Country business leaders, supporting the development and evaluation of new business opportunities for the Country and providing guidance and insight into significant business transactions including but not limited to pricing, tenders, discounts, Key Account Management deals, to ensure business objectives are achieved.
  • Member of the Country Leadership Team.
  • Act as the Finance interface for customer related matters (leasing initiatives, payment plans, legal action, credit limits, extended payment terms for specific projects etc.)
  • Work with country business leaders to ensure there is consistent focus on compliance with Corporate and local policies and procedures, laws and regulations. Represent Finance on the local Compliance Committee
  • Represents the function on organizational project teams, at management and board meetings, and with external organizations
  • Be an active and engaged member of the European Finance Leadership Team (EFLT)

Business Planning & Analysis

  • Provide strong analytical support to Divisional Finance:
    • Provide analysis and insights into variances between actual and expected financial results
    • Provide input on and validate operational plans, budget and projections to ensure they are in line with local business conditions and the Division’s set objectives and strategy
    • Seek guidance from Divisional Finance prior to approving significant business decisions or making recommendations to the business that may have a material impact on the division’s financial performance
  • Partner with Europe FP&A to ensure timely and accurate completion of all operational forecasts and budgets
  • Work with various functions such as Legal, Tax, Customer Care, Operations, and Europe Finance teams to identify market specific issues and requirements that may affect business performance, and to timely address those issues

Performance Management

  • Actively manage the P&L to maximize results and drive operating income performance
  • Work with the business to execute strategies to maintain adequate expenditure and investment controls for the country. Partner with Europe Finance on cost control and other efficiency improvement initiatives

Financial Accounting and Reporting

  • Partner with Europe FP&A to ensure timely and accurate completion of all financial reporting
  • Establish and maintain solid working relationships with the Accounting & Reporting team in the Shared Services organization to ensure quality of the accounting records and overall accuracy of the P&L and Balance Sheet of the respective Country/Region
    • Work with Accounting & Reporting to provide input to and validate assumptions that are used to establish reserves and accruals
    • Ensure any adjustments for revenue recognition, rebates and other credit and debit adjustments are properly accounted for and in the correct period
    • Provide input and guidance for direct and indirect local tax computations
    • Act as a primary reviewer of account reconciliations for accounts that are driven by sales activities or country-level risk assessments e.g. Allowance for Doubtful Accounts, Commissions, Rebates, etc., in line with the established Roles & Responsibilities Matrix
    • Review country P&L and Balance Sheet statements to identify and correct errors or omissions
  • Maintain overall responsibility for Country Financial Statements and compliance with local Statutory and Tax requirements, including the management of local audits

Internal Controls

  • Responsible for the implementation and management of an effective system of internal controls for the Country, in partnership with the European finance Shared Services

• Ensures critical business processes are well documented and communicated to facilitate effective and efficient execution.

• Implementation of Corporate Policies. Work with the local management team to develop Country specific policies.

  • Sarbanes Oxley compliance

Credit and Collections

  • Provide direction and guidance to country Credit and Collection team
  • Implement and maintain a solid credit management program and a strong credit control environment to minimize collection risks
  • Work with the business and customers to identify and mitigate issues leading to collection risks. Define and implement action plans to reduce DSO
  • Review and approve significant credits or other adjustments to customer accounts
  • Partner with Europe Finance on all European AR Management initiatives, such as but not limited to the implementation and maintenance of a Credit Policy and continuous development and utilization of the OnGuard AR Mgmt software

Team Engagement & Development

  • Provide leadership and direction to the Country Finance team, leading by example
  • Make self available as coach / mentor in assisting direct reports to develop in their positions
  • Establish and clearly communicate performance objectives and development plans
  • Maintain regular communications on performance
  • Identify high potentials and provide them with opportunities to grow and develop to their next roles
  • Take necessary steps to address issues that may impact performance.
  • Actively promote an environment of trust and high engagement

Job Requirements Education    

  • University Degree
  • Professional certification in accounting
  • English language – Other European languages advantageous
  • Familiar with local and USGAAP, and Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • Familiar with Oracle and Hyperion (preferable)

Experience   Minimum experience of 8 -10 years in Multinational corporation, with progression to a management role (Finance Director / Controller / Senior Manager). Big Four auditing background also desirable.


  • Proven leadership with the ability to lead teams, manage and motivate
  • Ability to clearly establish and communicate priorities and effectively organize resources to achieve objectives
  • High level of honesty, integrity, commitment and responsibility
  • Accustomed to working under pressure and within deadlines
  • Able to effectively communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Able to resolve problems and conflicts in a professional and tactful manner
  • Able to identify and implement innovative solutions to meet business requirements