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Reference Code:  14285

Business Controller

Richemont

Dubai, DU, AE

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

 

Following specific Brands within the Richemont portfolio, the Business Controller is in charge of assisting these Brands with all financial matters related to their activity in the region, in line with Richemont Group accounting and reporting standards. He/she is therefore a key business partner of the Brands’ teams, providing local Brand management with all financial information or analysis required to take relevant and appropriate decisions in order to grow their business in the region in a sustainable way.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Business Partner

 

  • Works closely with local Brand Management in order to provide clarity on all financial matters and therefore facilitate appropriate decision making
  • Acts as a key contact of Brand Headquarters to comment and explain financial performance
  • Contributes to the development of a financial / internal control culture within the Brands

 

Budgeting

 

  • Lead brands’ budget processes including timely preparation, analysis and submission of Budgets and Latest Estimates in the Group’s financial reporting systems, in line with Brands and Group requirements and standards

 

Monthly Closing and Reporting

 

  • Working efficiently with the Accounting team, ensuring that all relevant accounting entries are booked properly, in line with IFRS and Group standards.
  • Deliver timely and accurate monthly reports to the brands (sales reports, detailed P&Ls, Capex monitoring, scorecards, management reporting, ad hoc analysis)
    • Calculates accruals compliant with standard accounting rules (IFRS/Group), and liaises with Accounting so that all required entries are booked in a timely manner
    • Analyses gross margin and discount levels, and reports any deviation with Brands targets
    • Reviews inventories (including ageing and determination of relevant provisions) and coordinates with the Brand so that any potential issue is timely addressed
    • Prepares and analyses Brand P&L (by Boutique/Department) and balance sheet, and alerts local Brand Management / Headquarter of any identified risk or deviation with validated budgets
    • Follows up main Brands costs (communication, selling costs, personnel costs…)
    • Elaborates and distributes Brands’ scorecards (or any other relevant report)
    • Ensures correct and timely completion of Group Management reporting

 

Internal Control & Process Improvement

 

  • Participates in the monitoring of Swiss SOX within the subsidiary
  • Contributes to the formalization or continuous improvement of standard operating procedures and processes
  • Contributes to the improvement of controlling processes and systems by identifying areas of improvement and leading initiatives and projects to address them
  • Spreads best practices across the department

 

Interactions

 

  • Liaises with other teams of the Finance Department (Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Retail Back-Office), local Brands teams, other Richemont functions (IT, Logistics, HR, Customer Service), Brands HQs in Europe

 

PROFILE

 

  • University Master Degree in Finance / Business School / Engineering School
  • 8-10 years of successful professional experience in Audit / Business Controlling
  • Strong finance technical skill and accuracy
  • High mental agility and ability to deal with complexity
  • Pro-activeness / Innovation ability
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to interact with multiple and different stakeholders with on open mind-set
  • High change agility in a fast pace market
  • Ability to lead projects
  • Team player
  • Hands-on
  • Fluent in English
  • SAP  knowledge is a plus