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Dusseldorf, Germany

July 30, 2019


Job description

Here’s what we’ll do together:
Is your passion for denim and finance as high as ours? Are you excited about being involved in various initiatives and projects simultaneously, do you work well with a broad range of stakeholders and can you prioritize when needed? We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about covering a broad range of finance topics from business control to financial control and who feels comfortable mastering systems including our ERP system and SAP.

Just imagine – as our new Business Controller, you will play a key role in the reporting and planning processes and provide standard and ad-hoc analyses for financial, operational & commercial performance of the company.

Key Responsibilities:
• Business Control: Act as business controller to secure the profitability of the region. Deep dive into the reporting systems and monitor the performance/profitability of the different channels. Key goal is to create proper insight of the actual business and to identify risks, trends and opportunities at an early stage.
• FP&A: Support the overall planning and control process, which a.o. includes the actual reporting, budgeting process, forecasting, long term planning. Prepare well-structured and meaningful presentations for the management
• Cost control: true business partner for regional management to make sure that the costs are under control. Proactive steering and challenging on operational expenses and improve the ROI through the analysis and insights you gain
• Operational Reporting: Constantly improve the quality of our reporting and develop new reports to better steer the business. Be the key owner of the retail reporting and fully understand all movements in the P&Ls and Balance Sheets.
• Support the various ad-hoc requests coming from the finance organization in the HWQ and the local management
• Work cross functionally with sales, business control, IT and the sales back office.

In this role you will report to the Head of Business Controlling & SBO and act as business partner for all regional department managers. You will gain a position in the company by showing added value and building a solid control function in a fast-paced, collaborative, performance-driven culture.

What you bring to the table:
• You have a minimum of 2 years of experience in a similar role. You also have experience in cost control, financial reporting and budgeting.
• You have gained first insights into the fashion, sports or FMCG industry and you are familiar with the retail and wholesale business.
• Excellent in the use of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Very good analytical skills, managing large data quantities
• Own innovative thinking, and lead the development of standardized best practice reporting and control methods
• You are a self-aware, humble, strong communicator with great interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment. You have a non-egocentric, strong personality.
• Juggling different priorities effectively comes naturally to you, just as setting expectations to stakeholders.
• You’re detail oriented but also able to grasp the bigger picture.
• You have excellent analytical skills combined with a strong urge to understand the Business drivers behind the numbers.
• Add a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics or similar and you’ve got our full attention.

Finally, do you have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and German? We’d love to meet you!


What we bring to the table:
Beyond a competitive salary, working at G-Star brings many other perks and exciting opportunities: an awesome and diverse team that collaborates to change the game; a work environment that offers room for fun, inspiration and innovation and a clothing budget.

What will happen next:
• We will thoroughly review your CV.
• We have a large expat community at G-Star, so please apply in English.
• When we hopefully find what we are looking for, we will schedule a first meeting to get in touch with each other and if both parties are confident in continuing the process, we will have a second interview which is more business-related
• Because we’re very curious how you’d survive a mission impossible, we ask you to prepare a real-life business case in our second interview.
• When we’re ready to commit to each other, we’ll finalize the terms we’ve discussed and we’ll explain to you how to order your first pair of jeans from the G-Star employee store. Good luck.