The Western Europe Area Opex Controller will be responsible for managing elements of the Area’s controllable cost (P&L) including planning, forecast and review. This role will be a member of the Western Europe Central Financial Controller team and will collaborate with Area and Subsidiary partners to identify opportunity for optimization and prioritization.
The position can be based in any country in Western Europe, where there is access to a local Microsoft office.
Determines operating expenses and conducts variance analyses. Identifies causes and recommendations. Prepares analytical findings and modeling (e.g., headcount, Profit and Loss (P&L) optimization, etc.). Contributes to headcount forecasting process, identifies opportunities for optimization and prioritization.
Assists in the execution of annual business planning and forecasting process. Completes analysis, modeling and research to support preliminary and adjusted forecast cycles. Partners and solicits insight from business stakeholders. Drives rhythm of the business activities for area of responsibility including budgeting and forecasting.
Provides business leader support during financial close periods, budgeting, and forecasting process. Reviews recurring financial statements, reporting, forecasts and presentations. Identifies trends, and formulates action plans. Determines financial results and conducts variance analyses. Identifies causes and solutions. Prepares analytical findings and modeling (e.g., Profit and Loss (P&L) optimization, investment opportunities, forecast adjustments, etc.). Drives rhythm of the business activities for area of responsibility including monthly close and recurring business review preparation.
Provides recommendations to team members and business leaders for managing Profit and Loss (P&L), including discussions to optimize operating expenses and headcount.
Applies advanced understanding of Microsoft Finance and business (e.g., monetization strategy, market dynamics, key metrics, Finance and Accounting reporting requirements, rules, and regulations. Accounting, tax, and control strategy) to multiple contexts and situations to evaluate results, financial models and forecasts, and to complete all filings and reporting. Assesses potential impacts of changes.
Contributes to new and unconventional methods and approaches to data collection, analysis, interpretation, and financial models. Provides advice and direction to teammates and peers on data management and operations.
Develops new approaches to leverage best-in-class technology (e.g., Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics etc.) to accomplish goals. Leads efforts to implement technology to increase productivity (e.g., report optimization) and to ensure accurate conclusions.
Integrates varied data sources and assimilates the information into a comprehensive, clear narrative. Communicates results in a compelling and understandable message.
Reviews, analyzes, and interprets financial and budgetary reports to ensure accuracy and support of internal controls. Monitors control processes and procedures regarding accounting, stat, non-financial disclosures, tax, and regulatory filings. Recommends and executes corrective measures.
Ensures collaboration between business stakeholders and internal audit team. Meets with internal and external auditors to discuss audit procedures, respond to questions, and provide information and records.
Manages accounting and financial compliance, including the collection of data, accurate record-keeping, and coordinating with local Finance, Regional, and Corporate teams to implement accounting and reporting processes and ensure compliance with local legislations and statutory requirements. Reviews all reports and filings for all country, federal, state, and local regulatory agencies (including US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and disclosures). Advises and consults with peers and stakeholders regarding documentation, policy adherence, and sharing of financial data and information to minimize risk. Translates accounting, statutory, and regulatory changes to address impacts on business operations.
Embody our culture and values
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Data Science or related field AND many years post-graduate financial analysis, accounting, controllership or Finance work experience
OR Master's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Data Science or related field AND multiple years post-graduate financial analysis, accounting, controllership, or finance work experience
OR equivalent experience.
Additional or Preferred Qualifications
Experience in multinationals with multi-product/multi-segment finance roles.
Work experience in matrix-based organization.
Work experience in the technology or software industry.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) or equivalent certification
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