Financial Controller

Job description

Are you ready to be our next master of numbers? Get ready to join a talented, vibrant team at Zivver, where we're serious about secure digital communication and having fun! As our company continues to expand, we're looking for a Financial Controller to take the reins on all things finance. You'll be responsible for overseeing the general ledgers and tax obligations of our four legal entities, as well as helping to develop new structures to facilitate the future growth of our company.

In this role, you will be the gatekeeper of the company's finances, overseeing the financial operations, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and running projects that will enable Zivver's continued growth. You'll be working closely with the Jr. Controller, who will handle the early steps of the record-to-report chain, leaving you free to focus on the bigger picture.

Zivver's expansion means that you'll have a hand in shaping the future of the Finance function. You'll help to execute projects that improve financial systems and processes which will grow with our company. One of your tasks will be to make the company audit-ready, so you'll need to be cool under some pressure. But don't worry - we're already ISO certified and comply with the NTA7516, so we know how to handle an audit!

Hot takes:

  • You’ll be part of a transition and bring our team to the next professional level (goodbye manual labor and hello automation).

  • Collaborating with other departments as a finance partner is like being the glue that holds a company together. It’s not always glamorous, but it’s essential for success.

  • You’ll be in a scaling environment, the energy is contagious and no day will be the same 😎

  • This is an exciting role, in which your brain is both a calculator and a sponge ready to pick up and run with our finance solutions and processes

What you’ll do:

  • 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 overall 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, insurance, 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


  • An exciting, fast-growing, energetic environment

  • An international diverse team with over 27 nationalities - and yes, we offer Dutch classes too!

  • We value a healthy life-work balance. We mean it when we say: Take a vacation! We offer unlimited holidays for you to take care of yourself whenever you need it.

  • HQ in Amsterdam where you’re able to work a few days a week & full home office support to make sure you’re all set

  • Working from Bali, the US, or Spain? Any place, anywhere: we fully support temporary working from X

  • At least €1.000,- per year on personal development budget

  • All the relocation benefits you need for a fresh start

  • Don’t worry about tomorrow: we’ve got you covered with a pension plan


Expertise you'll bring:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related discipline

  • 3+ years experience as an 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 or IFRS

  • Experience and understanding of Dutch taxes (BTW, vennootschapsbelasting, loonbelastingen) and willingness to accumulate knowledge in foreign tax regimes

  • Experience with Exact Online

  • Natural attention to detail, structured and on top of your game

  • You take ownership and responsibility.

  • Strong verbal and written communication in English, and Dutch is a strong plus.

Soft skills you'll bring:

  • Creating perfection is something you enjoy

  • Getting things done and hands-on mentality

  • Straightforward, direct, but respectful with a big smile

If you’re still reading and excited about this role, we welcome your application even if you think you don’t meet all the requirements. We understand that no candidate is perfect, and would love to hear your story. Keen to learn a bit more? Keep reading.

A day at HQ

Your day starts 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-minute 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 monthly 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 with a drink at our bar.