Europe Finance Manager

Requisition ID
Work Location
Department / Discipline
Finance Operations
Additional Work Location
GB-Tyne and Wear-Newcastle upon Tyne
Position Type
Staff / Permanent
Additional Work Locations
GB-Tyne and Wear-Newcastle upon Tyne
Market / Sector (Candidate Portal Searching)

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for a Europe Finance Manager to join our team in either the UK or Germany (Kaiserslautern).


The successful candidate will be an integral part of the respective business unit management teams providing finance and decision-making support through building relationships with the E&IS finance team and promoting closer links with Operations.  The focus is being a trusted manager and custodian of the management accounting numbers for the E&IS business Operations in Kaiserslautern, other German cities, Belgium, Netherlands and Taiwan.


Key Responsibilities:-

  • Produce a Consolidated Monthly Financial report pack which provides robust commentary to all variances.
  • Support the business by producing a variety of reports and analysis. Such reporting will include but not limited to:
    • Project report
    • Gross Margin Analysis
    • Detailed backlog analysis
    • Billability and Utilisation analysis - e.g. engineering downtime, admin time booked
    • Bridges direct and indirect project reports
    • Capacity graphs
    • SGA Analysis
    • DSO reporting and working capital management
    • Consolidation of Key account analysis, e.g. Accrued Sales, project cost accruals
    • Other KPI’s that may develop over time
    • Supervision and leadership to key PS finance function 
  • Responsible for the preparation and consolidation of all budgeting and forecasting for E&IS services.
  • Contribute to the development of Service line strategy across all areas of the business, challenging assumptions and decision-making as appropriate and providing financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers
  • Support the client bid process, providing costing information and input into sales pricing
  • Further input on financial terms obtaining input from commercial and contracts where appropriate.
  • Work with Operations identifying trigger points where tax input is needed and work with our colleagues in tax to find the most compliant and cost effective solution
  • Identify profit generating initiatives and opportunities that improve financial outcomes
  • Assist and manage where appropriate audits as directed, ensuring accurate and timely information upon request
  • Provide financial external compliance support to other areas of the Wood business when the need arises
  • Where dormant entities exist within the E&IS service line under your remit to assist to eliminate these entities as part of the company entity rationalisation plan
  • Seek internal training for any gaps in local knowledge
  • High level of decision influence particularly;
  • Using experience, qualification and judgement around the application of policies and IFRS requirements
    • Senior Operational Leadership, Finance and Team meetings
    • Good level of persuasion needed when providing financial input and advise to support the business

Skills / Qualifications

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • Professionally Qualified
  • Significant experience in a similar role
  • Good commercial knowledge
  • Good systems experience (Oracle and Hyperion)
  • Proficient user of Excel, PowerPoint
  • Numerate, Analytical, with an Inquisitive background
  • Able to provide examples where you have developed a reporting framework
  • experience in managing a team and leading and managing change

Personal Attributes:

  • Safety & Assurance – Safety aware and promote within the overhead team
  • Relationships – Ability to form and maintain strong working relationships with function heads and regional finance community
  • People – Ability to communicate effectively to both Finance and non-finance personnel
  • Innovation – Shows strong willingness to challenge processes and seek both improvements and consistency
  • Financial Responsibility – Demonstrates strong willingness to question and challenge
  • Integrity – Demonstrates strong ethical values and communicates with openness and honesty.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills – works well under pressure and is deadline driven.
  • Customer focused – internally and externally
  • Ability to discuss issues clearly and concisely at all levels within the organisation
  • Ability to work proactively to analyse problems/issues and identify solutions
  • Highly energetic, flexible and good problem-solving skills
  • Presentation to Senior management expertise is preferred

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people.


Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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