Financial Controller

Job description

Zivver is the trusted provider for secure communication when content matters. With our 100+ employees we serve more than 3.5 thousand organizations and more than 3 million people who send and receive messages via our platform. We recently celebrated our fifth anniversary and continue to grow fast, both in The Netherlands as well as in surrounding countries.


Our Finance function grows as well and hence we are looking for a diligent, enthusiastic, and eager Financial Controller to join our team. The Financial Controller will be responsible for overseeing the general ledgers and (statutory) reporting and tax obligation of our four legal entities and running projects that facilitate the further growth of our company.


Our company grows fast. This implies that, next to the day-to-day rhythm, you will be working to shape our Finance function for the future: you will be setting up structures that facilitate our growth (f.e. setting up the administration for a new entity, a pension scheme in another country, or an international tax project), and you will be executing projects that further improve our financial systems and processes. One of the projects will be focussed on making the company audit-ready in order to perform the audit swiftly and with limited hick-ups. No need to be anxious there: as trusted provider in the healthcare industry, we are used to being audited and running a compliant operation (we are ISO certified and comply with the NTA7516).


You will be assisted by the Jr. Controller, who takes care of the early steps in the record-to-report chain (such as routing invoices through our approval systems, making basic bookings, etc.). Next to that you will be working with the Business Controller and the CFO. For technical complex and country-specific rules and regulations we work closely with one of the Big-4 providers.

Our HQ is located in Amsterdam, but our setup allows for the work to be performed remotely. Since you will be new to the organisation we expect that we will work together from our HQ in Amsterdam initially three days per week, such in compliance with government guidelines. For the mid- to long-term future we envision that we will be working from our office in Amsterdam two days per week.


A day at work

Your day starts at 09:00 when you open your laptop and check your email for items that might have come in outside office hours. At 09:15 you have a scheduled meeting with the Jr. Controller to go over the work that is to be performed for the monthly closing. As he gradually assumes more responsibilities in the closing process, you decide to hand him over another task in this month’s closing cycle and have a 30-minutes conversation to clarify the closing item.


After the call you work through some of the closing items yourself. At 11:45 you receive a message from the Jr. Controller that his new item is performed and ready to be checked by you. You check the work and everything looks fine. You are happy with the progress made and that you are well on track to finish the closing two days before the deadline.


In the afternoon you study the reimbursement rules for a European country where we are setting up a legal entity. Among the items that need to be clarified are questions such as whether commuting expenses can be reimbursed on a tax-free basis and whether a Per Diem fee can be provided for international travel. You make notes that you will discuss with the external tax advisor in a call that is scheduled for tomorrow.


At 15:00 you have a virtual meeting with a colleague from the Sales team. It turns out that we are working with a new customer in a country where we haven’t sold before, and she asks you what our VAT requirements for the transaction are.

You then check the expense approval system and see some invoices are pending with two colleagues. You send them a gentle reminder to ask them to assess the invoices so they can be paid and the expenses can be booked in the month you are closing.


At 16:30 you dial into the daily Finance call. Next to some social talk you update the rest of the team on the progress in the month closing and receive updates from others. After the call you check and sign-off on the VAT application for the UK and tick another item from the closing list, check your email for the last time, and call it a day.

Responsibilities

  • Own the day-to-day financial control, accounting and reporting of our multi-country company.
  • Lead the tax and regulatory reporting requirements of our Dutch and foreign legal entities (for complex affairs we work with external advisors)
  • You look after quality control & integrity over all recorded financial transactions and ensure they correctly find their way to the financial reporting, and ensure account balances are supported with appropriate documentation
  • Carry out accurate and timely reconciliation of the company accounts and balance sheet accounts at the end of each month to meet our external timelines (bank and investors)
  • Identify and implement controls, processes and systems improvements to build an efficient accounting function and you execute projects that strengthen our internal controls
  • Lead the annual audit process ensuring a timely and effective audit
  • Assist in the setup of more complex structures that can be tax- or administrative of nature such as foreign pension schemes, insurances, setting up a foreign legal entity, etc. For these affairs we work with external advisors
  • Ensure that credit control processes operate in line with agreed parameters and a weekly working capital report can be created

Benefits

  • Compensation: up to €85K per annum, depending on seniority. 
  • Pension
  • Flexible working hours
  • Flex holidays
  • € 1.000 yearly personal development budget
  • Work in a professional and international environment

Requirements

Skills / Degrees

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related discipline
  • 6+ years experience as auditor or financial controller, preferably with a large audit/advisory firm or in corporate finance function(s) in -ideally- a technology-enabled business environment
  • Strong accounting experience and understanding of Dutch GAAP
  • Experience and understanding of Dutch taxes (BTW, vennootschapsbelasting, loonbelastingen) and willingness to accumulate knowledge in foreign tax regimes
  • Natural attention on details, structured and on top of your game
  • You take ownership and responsibility.
  • Strong verbal and written communication in both Dutch and English


Attitude / Personality

  • Creating perfection is something you enjoy
  • Getting things done and hands-on mentality
  • Straightforward, direct, but respectful with a big smile