Global R&D Project Controller


Technology Intensive Company




- Heavy impact on R&D and new product development with reporting line to Senior Vice President

To further strengthen global R&D finance capabilities our client is currently recruiting a senior and business savvy profile as Global R&D Project Controller. The position is placed in Global Operations´ R&D organization with more than 250 engineers committed to product development, which is supported by approximately 3% of total turnover. 41 new products and variants were launched in 2013.

The position

In the newly established position as Global R&D Project Controller you will be responsible for creating transparency for R&D in a global set up and enhance financial credibility to project business controlling and R&D financial controlling to ensure decisions are made on a factual financial foundation that is credible and valid. Subsequently, you will be responsible for further enhancing performance within R&D on a global level to be a cost conscious-, business and commercial oriented organization.

You will be part of the extended management team in Global R&D and you will have 5-6 colleagues in the R&D Finance Department. The position will involve many interfaces to senior management – among these SVP for R&D and SVP for Finance in Global Operations, R&D Directors, Director for Program Management, Financial Managers on production sites and Finance Department in Denmark. Your solid reporting line will be to Senior Vice President for Global R&D and in dotted line to Senior Vice President & CFO for Global Operations Finance.

Most important KPI´s and success factors will be to ensure timely reporting, quality in reports, introduce NPD business case model in a global setting and finally to influence and set a stronger financial and commercial agenda in the R&D organization. Key areas of responsibility – and estimated split between them – includes:

Monthly reporting / Project Controlling, Business/Financial reporting and analysis 35%

        Monthly financial reporting for the Global R&D organization and New Product    Development (NPD) projects

        Act as Financial Business Partner for R&D Management team (SVP, VP´s and  Directors)

        Maintain processes behind and oversee capitalization through quality in data and    analyses

        Report on project economy for overall NPD portfolio and single projects

        Perform, control and consolidate R&D / NPD analysis with inputs from other Global    Operation reporting sites

        Ad hoc financial analysis, gap, deep dives, forecast and specific project participation

        VA (Value Analysis) / VE (value engineering) support and follow up

        Management reporting for Global Operations including specific analyses and quarterly    reports

        Develop new tools, processes and report to support R&D / business decisions

Own, maintain and develop R&D reporting platforms 20 %

        NPD financial project follow up platform (actual cost, estimates, forecasts, budget and    cost burn rates) and reporting

        Cost reduction initiatives through optimized product development, procurement and    processes

        Owner and super-user of time registration system

        Develop new reporting platforms / analysis tools to support business decisions


Maintain and develop project business case model globally, incl. follow up in projects 25%

        Owner of NPD business case model and further develop and implement global use of it

        Super user og project business case model (educate, training, help people understand it)

        Participate and support to build project business cases in product development projects

        Act as ‘competence center’ on product costing set up and global cost structure model

Other tasks 20%

        Business development initiatives – some of them as project lead and project    participation in some

        Cost control analysis for 7 R&D departments

        Present numbers to non-financial managers and employees to create a foundation for    decisions

        Substantial ad hoc support within project-, business- or financial controlling to R&D,    SVP, PMO and project managers

Location of the position will be at the site in Jutland, alternatively HQ in Copenhagen. The position will require approximately 50 days of travelling mainly to the US, China, Italy and Hungary. If more days of travelling is desired that is most likely possible.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate has a MSc. level degree in business, finance or economics and most likely has 4-10 years of progressive experience from Finance/controlling functions preferably from an R&D intensive organization.


Specifically, relevant experience and skills for the position will be:

         Preferably  experience working with project controlling and knowledge of product                costing, alternatively a very solid background within business or financial controlling

         Solid  understanding of financial processes within e.g. budgeting, forecast,                          consolidation, HQ reporting, capitalization

         Strong  project management skills and experience in acting as financial business                 partner

        Fluency  in oral and written English

          Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, skills on an advanced level

        Knowledge of  SAP, SAP BW and Hyperion HFM will be a plus


On the personal level you have:

               Strong analytical skills, a commercial mindset and business oriented personality

                Attention to details but also with focus on the larger picture

               A “strong” personality with the ability to influence and make an impact at senior levels of                 interaction

               The desire to challenge existing methods and people, identify and implement concrete                   improvements

               Good social, interpersonal and intercultural skills enabling you to navigate in all kinds of                 countries

               A structured and reliable personality committed and meeting deadlines and with the                       ability to prioritize

               Curiosity and a willingness to learn and further develop in rapidly changing environment

               A self-driven, decisive character confident working on own initiatives

               The ability to keep a cool head while working with tight deadlines


Company Offers
A high-exposure broad senior project controlling position with many challenges and global reach in a growing company. The position is newly established and therefore you can make a significant footprint. There will be lot of opportunity to influence R&D performance and product development for the entire company and you will be part of the extended management team giving you many senior management interfaces. The compensation and benefits package will be on an attractive level which besides a fixed salary includes 10% target bonus and 8% company paid pension scheme.

The Recruitment Process
Is handled in collaboration with Focus Recruitment. If you have interest in the position please contact / send your CV to Partner, Steffen Marstrand, 5051 9215 / sma@focus-recruitment.dk

Focus Recruitment
H.C. Ørsteds Vej 50 C, 5.
1879 Frederiksberg C
Tel: +45 70 20 92 15
Mail: info@focus-recruitment.dk