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Business Controller

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Finance & Accounting
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Elsevier
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“Lead the way in advancing science, technology and health.”
 
Business Controller
 
Who are we?
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and professional education, including ScienceDirect, Scopus,SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath.
 
Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 38,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray’s Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com
 
As a Business Controller, you will;
 
  • Be responsible for providing financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, analysis and reporting for effective business decision support (BDS)
  • Be required to provide finance expertise and critical financial analytical challenge with Business Unit management, with the aim of supporting improved business performance and minimizing loss in as an efficient and effective means as possible, while maintaining a strong level of internal control. This role has to be responsive to change, proactively anticipating data, insights and analytics to help the business to make the right data driven decisions
  • report directly to the Finance Manager, will work closely with the BU Management team and will receive support from the global finance Centre of Expertise Sales/Revenue & Costs
     
 
We’d love to talk … as Elsevier is the place to for YOU …
 
Key responsibilities include; 
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting
    • Advise the business on shaping the BU strategic direction (3 yrs plans, Budgets, LV's).
    • Drive value creation through providing clearly constructed recommendations for action
    • Use forecasting tools to develop scenario analysis
    • Provide financial insight at review meetings to drive actions and foster a no surprises culture
    • Provide & own the financials underpinning the forecasts & strategic plan
    • Provide constructive challenge to forecasts.
    • Own forecast commentaries that provide insight to the business
       
  • Management Reporting
    • Balance stakeholder needs to deliver high quality information at the right time in the right way and right first time
    • Monthly performance analysis on responsibility area on regional revenue streams & costs/fte's, trends and report to BU with commentary and insight on trends and variances
    • Support management by providing finance insights and identifying revenue business drivers for the (monthly) operational and business performance metrics (incl. LV's)
    • Prepare and provide meaningfull insights in developments of the subscriptions base (jrnls, database products) in APAC region; incl insights in attrition, upsell, new sales
 
  • Business Partnership
    • Balance stakeholder needs to deliver high quality information at the right time in the right way and right first time
    • Monthly performance analysis on responsibility area on regional revenue streams & costs/fte's, trends and report to BU with commentary and insight on trends and variances
    • Support management by providing finance insights and identifying revenue business drivers for the (monthly) operational and business performance metrics (incl. LV's)
    • Prepare and provide meaningfull insights in developments of the subscriptions base (jrnls, database products) in APAC region; incl insights in attrition, upsell, new sales
       
  • Business Partnership
    • Be a key point of contact for ad-hoc analysis and reporting requirements from the defined business area. Partner effectively with the VP APAC and regional management team and proactively support of finance related requests (ie evaluation of larger subscription renewals); partner effectively with ie  Business Development, Pricing, CoE's and Finance Director RS sales to ensure effective and timely management reporting in line with the financial and strategic calendar.
       
  • Business Performance
    • Analyse and challenge business performance based on the financial data.  Provide insight to support recommendations for improvement or change.
       
  • System Expertise
    • Demonstrate high level of expertise in running enquiries and reporting from the Elsevier financial reporting systems (Oracle and HFM) and associated financial reporting tools.   Working largely independently, assist with support for, and co-ordination with, the Reporting Centre of Excellence in maintaining and developing the standard suite of financial reports.
       
  • Ensuring proper financial control and approval of sales proposals
    • Proactively safeguard that sales proposals follow the Elsevier business model. Give support in realizing sales deals in accordance with the Elsevier Business model (ie. at a minimum to be actively engaged in sales deals in excess of $1m). Cooperate with Account Support managers in alignment of processes and principles. Ensure SOX compliancy of sales deals.
       
  • Projects
    Participate and support ad-hoc analysis and reporting requirements for specific business initiatives that may arise from time to time. This may include monitoring and analysis of performance improvement initiatives, restructuring programs, cost savings and indirect spend analysis.
     
 
To be successful, you’ll bring with you;
Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or related area.  MBA or advanced business degree helpful.
Minimum 5-7 years relevant experience in an accounting and/or controller role, preferably within a large and complex international organization
Experience in financial control and financial/management reporting
Business skills: ability to contribute to overall business strategy and to support management team to achieve strategic goals
System knowledge: Excel (advanced /professional level), PowerPoint, Oracle, CRM (preferred)
Fluent in English, both spoken and written
Flexible and willing to travel as and when required (potentially up to 10%)
 
 
 

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