Chief Financial Officer (m/f/d)

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At BayWa r.e. we r.e.think energy - how it is produced, stored and can be best used to enable the global renewable energy transition that is essential to the future of our planet. Based in 30 countries, BayWa r.e. is a leading global renewable energy developer, service provider, distributor, and energy solutions provider. Operating throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, we are strategically investing in emerging markets around the world, actively shaping the future of energy and taking a stand against climate change. Embracing equity and diversity, we are committed to creating inclusive environments where everyone can reach their full potential. Every day, we are working hard to find new solutions, push technological boundaries and redefine service standards to make renewable energy even better.

Groenleven, a fully-owned BayWa r.e. group company, is headquartered in Leeuwarden and has offices in Heerenveen and Utrecht, and offers a full range of services, from feasibility studies, engineering and development to construction and commissioning, as well as operation of solar farms, both floating, on land and on roofs, and storage units. Among our customers are international investment companies and energy companies.

About the role

We are looking for an entrepreneurial Chief Financial Officer (f/m/d), responsible for all our BayWa r.e.operational, holding and project companies in the Netherlands and in Belgium covering all our Solar, Storage Project activities as well as Energy solutions and Asset Management. The position is based preferably in Leeuwarden or alternatively in Utrecht.
Depending on your experience, this role will also include other key expertise areas such as Legal, IT, Human Resources, or others. Potentially you will represent the company legally as a Statutory Director / Managing Director / Board Member.

What You Will Do

  • You will co-pilot of the MD’s, strongly supporting them in day to day general management of our company.
  • You will contribute to the overall business strategy.
  • You will manage the company and project risks including reliable group reporting and mitigation plans.
  • You will steer annual and medium-term plans and budgets for all Benelux activities to achieve our targets.
  • You will manage the accounting, controlling, treasury and tax teams (approx. 15 people (3 direct, 12 indirect)). Building high performing teams.
  • You will be responsible and accountable for group reporting in IFRS and for sustainability and local financial reporting to be approved by external auditors.
  • You will manage cash flow projections and payment process.
  • You will drive the financial project management and cost controlling.
  • You will develop and improve the reporting structure and reports.
  • You will be responsible and accountable for the internal control of the companies.
  • You will steer all key financial transactions such as project financing, project sales, company financing in full collaboration with our group expert teams and your local teams. Ensuring financial awareness in decision making and to minimize financial risks.
  • You will manage tax reporting, filing and optimization.
What’s to be reached in the first year
  • Predictable and reliable financial results and management in line with budget and mid-term forecast
  • Transformation to a high performing company
  • Implement synergetic measures with our sister company BayWa r.e. Benelux located in Utrecht
  • Implementation and improvement of ERP system

Your Profile

  • You have a university degree with a major in accounting, controlling, financing, auditing, or extensive financial experience.
  • You have at least 15+ years of relevant work experience including team management, preferably in the energy industry and in the Netherlands.
  • Ideally you have enlarged your responsibilities in another field of expertise such as Legal, IT, Human Resources.
  • You have experience of project acquisitions / sales and complex business models.
  • You have experience in restructuring, mergers and business integrations.
  • You have work experience in an international environment in a large organisation.
  • You bring broad experience in external accounting, business controlling, reporting, budgeting, and forecasting as well as consolidation.
  • You have strong leadership skills and a high business interest.
  • You inspire your team members and colleagues and encourage their personal development and growth.
  • You have entrepreneurial and strategic skills, a high level of commitment and a strong stakeholder orientation.
  • You are an experienced user of MS Office, especially Excel and ERP systems.
  • You speak and write Dutch and English fluently. Knowledge of the German language is preferred.
  • You work with continuous improvement regarding processes and working methods.
  • You embrace technical and digital development to improve our daily work processes.

Personal characteristics / competencies
  • Leadership: Natural ability to create commitment at all levels of the organization; generates respect by nature; transformation leader who develops the authority without being the hierarchical leader. Experience in building and leading high-performance teams
  • Proactive attitude: Taking initiative and acting in anticipation of challenges ahead, planning, and taking actions to prepare for possible outcomes
  • Results driven mindset: Focusing on outcomes, measuring progress, being persistent and efficient, adapting as necessary, and taking responsibility for results
  • Flexible and openminded: Ability to adapt to new situations and accept new ideas and developments. Monitors strategy and raises the alarm in time if something is not going as expected by structuring and organizing well. Able to think in options and provide solutions.
  • Analytical, accurate and structured: Numerically strong; has a natural talent to bring complex matters to simple and understandable facts and insights. Stands out in converting data and insights into management information.
  • Great communication and relationship skills: Open/transparent, able to challenge peers and colleagues positively. Down to earth person who can build, energize, and motivate teams effectively. Able to say no even to proposals of CEO which are not in the Company’s interest?
  • Pragmatics and hands-on: Capability to make decisions on the spot that are on the companies’ interest. Maintains the overview but will also step into action when needed.
  • Strong Business Partner & Team Player: Effectively challenges and co-operates with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve a common goal.
  • Integrity: Trustworthy and adhering to the highest standards of integrity in the business towards colleagues, clients, or suppliers.


What We Offer You

  • Mobile working  
  • Flexible working hours  
  • Modern office atmosphere 
  • An attractive package including a bonus and LTI
  • Pension scheme 
  • Smartphone, also for private use 


We look forward to your application! 

You matter to us

At BayWa r.e. we are fully committed to fostering equity and inclusion and embrace the diversity, of all our people, both present and those yet to join us!

We welcome applications from everyone, irrespective of gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, social-, cultural-, or ethnic-background, sex, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other status protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and qualifications. We are dedicated to being an equal opportunity employer for all by providing an inclusive environment free of discrimination or harassment.

If you as an applicant require additional assistance or accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please reach out to us.

If you have any questions about the job offer, please get in contact with us.

  • Sanda Bozic
  • Head of HR EMEA
  • +49 89 383932 6023
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