Senior Business Controller, FP&A on Director level


Nilfisk A/S




- Senior Business Finance role working closely with business and reporting line to Senior Vice President


A global market leader: Nilfisk ( www.nilfisk.com ) is a global company with headquarters in Denmark. We have sales companies in 45 countries and with an additional strong distributor network, we market and sell our products in more than 100 countries worldwide. We are one of the world’s leading providers of professional cleaning equipment and services, with 5,600 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 1.082m (2017). Nilfisk has been listed as a large cap company on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange since October 2017.

Be part of our journey: Nilfisk is on a strategic journey from a product-oriented manufacturing company to a customer-driven sales organization, where investments in new technologies, e.g. autonomous machines and the intelligent use of data will enable us to better meet our customers’ demands. Further, we are focusing on massive complexity reduction which will enable us to drive execution much stronger in the future. We are looking for employees, who are motivated by change, and who want to be part of this journey.

Nilfisk will build, lead and disrupt the industry of professional cleaning equipment. The growth strategy “Nilfisk Next” consists of three clearly defined strategic drivers allowing to embrace future opportunities and harvest the benefits of new technology: “One team, one agenda”; “Build the future” and “Simplify and grow”. The drivers guide a number of significant transformations which will be implemented across the organization over the coming years. Transformations which will benefit customers and employees to ensure reaching the vision of leading intelligent cleaning to make customers’ business smarter.

As a recently listed company covering the full value chain from R&D over production to sales, you will enter the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team, part of Group Finance, where transformation is also taking place and therefore Nilfisk is seeking a Senior Business Controller – a senior position on Director level. Nilfisk FP&A focuses on expanding Business Finance and Business Partnering, Management reporting, Financial planning, Profitability analysis and Financial Performance / Analysis. The team consists of 4 dedicated and highly skilled Business Controllers and one Business Analyst. Nilfisk reporting is in accordance with IFRS, uses SAP as ERP system, SAP BW and Hyperion HFM as consolidation system – soon to be replaced with OneStream.

Business Partner with top management exposure and business impact

As Sr. Business Controller, you will be connected to a Business Unit in Nilfisk, hence with a big impact on profitability, value creation and business decisions. You will be a close business ally in all financial matters, projects, business cases development and follow-up, as well as making business analysis and recommendations regarding impact. Hence, your role is very “big on impact” with significant exposure in the organization, including CFO exposure. The position reports to Senior Vice President, FP&A who reports to CFO. Your main responsibilities will be:


·       Business controlling and financial management reporting for your designated Business Unit and Group level

·       Develop and enhance profitability reporting, both analyses and support the organization in an analytical approach

·       Drive monthly Financial and CapEx reporting, Working Capital Performance process including early indication process / review, gap analysis and monthly presentations

·       Shared ownership for the budgeting and forecasting process and financial planning

·       Provide financial analysis and support for sound business decisions, including variance and gap analysis

·       Work closely with the business to continuously identify potential for cost efficiency and business improvement opportunities

·       Act as a strong sparring partner to Head of FP&A and management in your designated Business Unit

·       Support target attainment, i.e., financial early warnings, follow up impact of initiatives and implementation of own initiatives

·       Participation in Group projects and in newly established Finance Business Partner Community with focus on sharing knowledge and best practice

·       Continuous development and optimization of FP&A team processes, procedures, reports, etc.


Location of the position is Nilfisk headquarter in Brøndby. Travel activity in the job is estimated to 10-15 days a year due to the global activities.


Experienced Senior Business Controller with business acumen

As Senior Business Controller on Director level you possess the following experience and qualifications:


·       Education in Finance, Economics or similar, e.g. Cand.merc.AUD / FIR / MAC / AEF, Cand.polit / oecon etc.

·       Possibly some years of experience from a renowned auditing firm gladly working with large international companies

·       5-8+ - gladly more – years of professional controlling experience from an international company. With heavy business controlling or Finance Manager background, experience from an auditing company is not a must

·       Knowledge of Hyperion and SAP is a clear plus

·       User experience of Excel and PowerPoint at an expert level – knowledge of SharePoint is an advantage

·       Fluent in English in speaking and in writing


As the right candidate you first and foremost possess great business understanding in a global context. You have strong analytical and numerical abilities and on top a structured, reliable personality supporting you in planning, executing and prioritizing activities. You pay attention to detail as well keeping focus on the high level and acknowledge that follow-up is needed for success, and strive to continuously improve performance. As a proactive self-starter, you have a good drive, “can run with a one-liner”, stay focused and prioritize in order to get the job done while keeping calm. Strong interpersonal- and communication skills enables you to build relations and challenge business in a positive and pragmatic and collaborative way.

Nilfisk Offers

A position Sr. Business Controller – on Director level – with top management and CFO exposure where you will have a great impact on the Business Unit you support and on the transformation of Group Finance and Nilfisk. Working in a global company covering the entire value chain – with a keen focus on growth and “disrupting itself” – will give you an inspiring work environment with a lot of variation and many interesting challenges on a high level. The compensation and benefits package will be on an attractive level and will besides a fixed salary include bonus opportunity, company paid pension scheme and “additional salary or pension”.


Interested in the position?

Focus Recruitment supports Nilfisk with the search process. If you find interest in the position or have questions, please contact Partner at Focus Recruitment, Steffen Marstrand, sma@focus-recruitment.dk / 5051 9215.

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