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Head of Richemont's Financial Planning and Forecasting Systems

Richemont

Bellevue, GE, CH

Permanent
  
  

Richemont owns some of the world’s leading luxury goods Maisons, with particular strengths in jewellery, fine watches and premium accessories. Each Maison represents a proud tradition of style, quality and craftsmanship and Richemont seeks to preserve the heritage and identity of each of its Maisons. At the same time, we are committed to innovation and designing new products which are in keeping with our Maisons’ values, through a process of continuous creativity.

MAIN PURPOSE

 

The Head of the Group’s financial planning and forecasting systems will be responsible for structuring and leading their team and for ensuring a successful utilization of the Group’s Financial Planning and forecasting systems, by coordinating and delivering improvement initiatives and projects and by continuously maintaining and upgrading these systems.

This position is based in Bellevue (GE) and is a functional leadership role in the Group, reporting to the Group’s FP&A Director. A team of two will report into this position, potentially to be expanded going forward, plus dotted line responsibilities with dedicated teams in the Maisons’ and Regional organizations.

 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

Upon arrival, the Job Holder will immediately join the “Anaplan project implementation team” and will participate in the successful launch of Anaplan as the Group’s main Financial Planning software, during system developments, testings, trainings and go-live phases. 

After Anaplan’s initial launch, the Job Holder will take overall responsibility for the maintenance, development and upgrade of Richemont’s financial planning and forecasting softwares.
Most notably, the Job Holder will be responsible for accelerating the development of Anaplan into a high-value-added new financial planning software, e.g. through the gradual rollout of predictive and analytics tools.

The Job Holder will also be responsible for ensuring regular maintenance of Anaplan and of other Financial Planning systems as well as for ensuring the successful completion of all Planning cycles (budgets, rolling forecasts, etc.)

To make the above happen, the Job Holder will:

  • Manage a team of at least two direct reports
  • Liaise with Group IT and external consultants
  • Partner with other planning and forecasting systems teams in the Group
  • Develop strong and trusted relationships with Maison and Region planning teams, as well as transversally within Group Finance

More specifically, the Job Holder and their team will be responsible for:

 

The development of Anaplan capabilities:

 

  • Enable the FP&A teams at Group, Maisons, Regions and Functions to unleash the capabilities of Anaplan
  • Enable Model building and act as a ‘Model Owner’ for centrally-defined models, additionally act as a “central hub” to identify best practices within the global community and cascade these in the Organization
  • Develop, launch and maintain predictive algorithms
  • Communicate with the FP&A community to receive, review, validate, prioritise improvement requests; Align key stakeholders; Share best practices across the Group
  • Ensure appropriate ROI based prioritization on planning development initiatives throughout the Group

 

The maintenance of systems

 

  • Maintain entities, hierarchies, User Access Rights, etc. in all financial planning and forecasting systems
  • Liaise closely and frequently with the group consolidation team to ensure a clear trail from actuals to planning
  • Produce and distribute relevant guidelines and documentation
  • Develop standardize tools and ensure appropriate training to newcomers on financial planning related topics
  • Collect feedback from end users up to Senior Finance Management at regular intervals and evaluate opportunities for improvements
  • Formalise, test and communicate on systems evolutions, issues and solutions
  • Design and manage implementation of planning tool reporting structure changes, as requested by the business, including design and development of an appropriate governance process around this
  • Ensure compliance of Anaplan with pre-agreed SLAs

 

On successful completion of regular planning cycles

 

  • Open, close, monitor the various planning cycles in the Financial Planning software
  • Provide support to end users across the organization. Answer questions and ensure trouble-shooting
  • Ensure qualitative and timely deliverables; Solve significant issues swiftly in order to meet the deadlines of Group planning cycles
  • Organise and follow-up on the final consolidated Financial Planning cycles

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

  • University graduate, with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in maintaining and developing Financial Planning software.
  • Specific and deep knowledge of Anaplan is a strong plus (i.e. “Certified Anaplanner”).
  • Deep SAP knowledge.
  • Understanding of finance processes, forecasting and budgeting cycles.
  • Strong experience of leading projects in large matrix-based organizations, with multiple and diversified stakeholders’ interactions.
  • Proficiency in English is required; French or other languages are considered a plus.

 

COMPETENCIES & SKILLS

 

  • High level of personal integrity and motivation, trustworthy and reliable with a strong analytical mindset
  • Capable of managing complex business topics
    Highly organised and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner
  • Team player with high challenging partnership; ability to challenge the status quo and propose opportunities for improvement
  • Proven people management skills

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