Financial Controller


Are you a financial professional with experience in the manufacturing industry and do you have a strong desire to improve financial processes? Are you a controller with strong interpersonal skills and able to converse with people on all levels? Can you be a sparring partner for the General Manager on site; providing support and advise in purchasing, inventory, costing, budgeting and analyzing financial statements? If so, this might be the role for you!

The Organization

Since its founding in 1938, Van Essen Instruments has focused on the development of water-related instrumentation. Its current range of innovate data-loggers and services are used around the world in a variety of applications such as ground water monitoring, mining, remediation and saltwater intrusion.

The Delft-based manufacturer is certified under ISO 9001:2015 for the design, development and manufacturing of water monitoring products, technology and data management solutions. It is supported by both a direct sales team as well as a global distributor network of more than 60 re-seller partners in over 100 locations across the globe.

Van Essen Instruments’ commitment to quality and performance has made it one of the premier brands in the industry. Its people are passionate about the environment and feel honored to be involved in projects that protect the earth’s precious resources.

Job Description

As Van Essen Instruments’ Financial Controller, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of accounting, financial planning, reporting, controls and administration, budgets and cost savings. You possess the ability to accurately reflect profit and drive improvements. You will be reporting to the Division Finance Manager of Nova Metrix (located in the United States) functionally, and hierarchically you will be reporting to the General Manager of Van Essen Instruments (located on site in Delft). You will need the flexibility to manage your hours of work locally, whilst dealing with colleagues in North America (Canada and the United States).

Further key responsibilities include accounting operations: billing, accounts receivable, credit risk management, accounts payable, general ledger, inventory and cost accounting, payroll, and revenue recognition.

You are an integral part of the organization’s management team along with the General Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager as well as the R&D Manager. You are responsible for financial planning, reporting, controls and administration (for short and long-term objectives). You are also able to provide support and advise in purchasing, inventory, costing, budgeting, analyzing financial statements.

As you will be coordinating tasks with offices in North America, you are able to prepare financial statements in accordance with the local Statutory and US GAAP and able to consolidate their said monthly financial reports.

You are responsible for quarterly and annual budget forecasts, month-end closing process and weekly flash and cash reports are reported.

We are looking for someone that is versed in establishing and maintaining internal accounting and operational controls over recognition, expense management and effective measurement and control over all assets. You will manage physical inventory, controlling the flow of raw materials, tools and company’s assets.

You work together with a Finance Assistant in establishing effective processes and controls to ensure the integrity of the company’s (general) ledger. You are also responsible for coordinating audits with the independent public accountants.

The Financial Controller reports to the Division Finance Manager of Nova Metrix (functional) and Van Essen’s General Manager (hierarchical).

Your Profile

You are a Financial Controller responsible for accounting operations with evident leadership capabilities in supporting the management team with financial analyses for short and long-term operational strategies. You are able to identify and accurately reflect the company’s profit and drive improvements. Integral in collaborating between parties within Van Essen Instruments (and the holding group) you are hands-on in day-to-day reporting. You work efficiently and have excellent management skills and support projects when it comes to making corporate decisions.

You are a critical thinker and have the ability to constructively resolve conflicts. You are able to communicate on all levels of the organization; you effectively communicate and participate within a technical team, as well as on a management level.

You are flexible in willing to work between the local time zone in Delft and with colleagues in Canada and in the United States within the organization.

In addition:

  • you have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance;
  • have a minimum of three to five years of experience in a manufacturing environment and at least three to five years as a controller;
  • have experience with the Dutch payroll;
  • have global accounting experience (preferred);
  • have experience with multiple ERP packages (Exact preferred);
  • are fluent in English and Dutch, written and spoken.
  • are flexible with working hours to accommodate counterparts in North-America.

Terms of Employment

Van Essen Instruments is offering you an all-round financial controller position in which you can develop many financial skills, work with experts around the world, and help generate even more profitable growth for a successful and innovative company.

Van Essen Instruments offers a competitive salary and a stimulating work environment, you will receive annual leave, a pension scheme and other secondary benefits are subject to the Metaal en Techniek (CBA) Collective Labor Agreement.

The Application Process:

If you see yourself as the next Financial Controller of Van Essen Instruments, here is the application process:

Send us your CV. If we think you are fit for the role then you will be invited for an interview at Habilis. During the interview Peter-Paul Dings (Partner) will give you more information about Van Essen Instruments as well as the ins and outs of the available position as Financial Controller. When both parties experience this interview positively, you will be introduced to Van Essen Instruments where you will meet with Amy Wysolmierski (Division Finance Manager Nova Metrix) and Bert Grootjen (General Manager Van Essen Instruments) as well as the Divisional and Corporate individuals throughout the interviewing process. An objective assessment online tool will be part of the selection procedure. For more information about Van Essen Instruments apply below!

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