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Financial Controller (0191)

Financial Controller

Financial Controller

Amsterdam, The Netherlands



ED&F Man Liquid Products Division is a leading global supplier in molasses, molasses blends and related liquid products as well as dry cargo products for (mainly) animal feed industry. The Amsterdam office is the regional headquarters for the European, Asian and African business within the Liquid Products Division and we have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as an experienced and high calibre Financial Controller. The role provides long term potential for someone eager to further develop their career within the challenging and fast-paced soft commodities industry.


The Financial Controller is responsible for the management and administration of the several legal entities within the Liquid Products Business Unit and managing and motivating a remote team throughout the region. This position will play a key role as sparring partner of the Amsterdam based regional financial controller for the European, Asian and African region. In Amsterdam you will work within a team of 13 people.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all periodic reporting for multiple companies; financial reporting (including budgeting and forecasting), group reporting and compliance.
  • Interpreting and analysing accounting information regarding profitability and against budget.
  • Adopting a business partner approach to support the commercial teams in their decision-making process.
  • Ensuring credit management covering credit risk and collection.
  • Managing cash flow, foreign exchange and other treasury functions.
  • Handling of tax, treasury, risk and audit requirements.
  • Liaising with local functional and finance managers to achieve key finance and business requirements.
  • Project based work, varying projects like reviewing business entities, review business structures/processes, improvement projects.
  • Ensuring solid control environment in challenging international trade environment with robust processes in place. Taking a continuous improvement approach.
  • Managing various direct reports and their teams both based in Amsterdam as well as in the region.

We offer a challenging role in a very dynamic environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting/economics and qualified accountant qualification preferred (RA/CPA or similar).
  • Minimal 10 years of work experience of which at least 5 years in a similar role in international context.
  • Proven understanding of accounting and related technical areas such as Treasury, Tax and Risk.
  • Ability to demonstrate commercial awareness and strong understanding of the importance of the core finance on the commercial functions.
  • Specific knowledge of finance software (ERP), financial reporting systems and accounting rules (IFRS) and legislation.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively build strong working relationships across different functions and cultures and provide them with support.
  • Experience in managing people and their teams is crucial.
  • A strong focus on performance; sets high standards, results orientated and able to maintain performance under pressure.
  • Flexible attitude and keen to take on new challenges.
  • Must be very organised and able to work within tight deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Fluency in business English is required and Dutch and/or German preferred. Other languages are advantageous.
  • Willing to travel (approximately 10%)
  • High level of integrity, flexibility, ability to work under pressure and self-reflection are key attributes to perform this role.

Who We Are

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 7,000 people in 60 countries and annual revenue in excess of $10bn We trade, source, store process ship and distribute agricultural products, such as sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. We help our counterparties manage price risk through hedging and provide access to commodity and capital markets through our brokerage business. Each year we trade 11m bags of coffee, 11m tonnes of sugar and 6m tonnes of animal feed. We work closely with our customers and suppliers and help our counterparties manage price risk through hedging.

Essential Behaviours

Here at ED&F Man we are guided by our five company values: Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus and Entrepreneurship.

Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach.  Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things.

As part of the annual performance review, all employees are measured either against a set of five Leadership Essentials if you are a people manager or four Performance Essentials if you are an individual contributor.


1. Drives Innovation
2. Leads People
3. Delivers Results
4. Collaborates
5. Manages Resources


1. Drives Innovation
2. Leads People
3. Delivers Results
4. Collaborates

Equal Opportunities Statement

ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.  

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