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Finance Manager, Accounting (France and Belgium)

South Pole Group


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join the fight against climate change as a Finance Manager at South Pole and make sustainability your career


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Cantersteen 47

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South Pole is a leading sustainability firm that shapes a sustainable economy and society with services that foster climate positive actions and development. This vibrant global company is expanding its Corporate Functions team and is on the lookout for passionate individuals ready to support business growth and success in a variety of operational domains.

  • Organization Summary: South Pole is a dynamic global enterprise dedicated to building a sustainable future through comprehensive solutions and services that benefit the climate, ecosystems, and communities worldwide.
  • Role Summary: As a Finance Manager, your main role will be to oversee finance activities in Belgium and France, ensuring timely internal reporting and compliance, managing relationships with stakeholders and the Shared Services Center, and participating in global finance projects.
  • Role Requirements: The ideal candidate should have a master’s degree in Finance, Economics, or Business Administration, 4-5 years of experience in international accounting and finance, strong command of BE GAAP and Belgian tax legislation, fluency in English and French, excellent IT and analytical skills, and the ability to work in a diverse team.
  • What We Offer: South Pole provides a meaningful career with the opportunity to contribute to the company's mission of fighting climate change. As an inclusive employer, South Pole values diversity and offers an international work environment where you can grow your skills and develop professionally.

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions, we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

In this challenging position, you will be responsible for the Finance activities of our Belgian and French presence. You will also assist with accounting tasks in other countries, as a member of the Global Accounting team. As the local Finance Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating with stakeholders across South Pole and also external stakeholders to ensure reporting is complete in a timely fashion.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

● Responsible for internal reporting and external compliance for all activities in our Belgian and French entities 

● Managing one direct report based in France, along with managing the relationship with the Shared Service Centre based in Cape Town 

● Prepare and submit the monthly and yearly financial reporting pack and management accounts for the local entity. 

● Manage Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and credit control in close collaboration with our Shared Services Center currently being set-up. 

● Manage cash, including weekly cash flow forecasts. 

● Coordinate with the Global Tax team the billing, review, and reconciliation of intercompany recharges. 

● Review monthly payroll and Social Security calculations. 

● Ensure full local taxation compliance with the completion and submission of mandatory local direct and indirect tax returns. 

● In coordination with the Global Tax team and the local consultants implement transfer pricing policy and procedures together with the review and submission. 

● Manage annual audits for the Belgian and French entities. 

● Manage external relationships, such as banks, external accountants, auditors. 

● Implementation and follow-up of budget and forecasts 

● Collaborate with Group Accounting Team on various global finance projects. 

● Document all accounting procedures and ensure they are in alignment with Group policies. 

● Preparation of ad hoc analysis 

● Project management: automation of procedures and implementation of a new ERP


Essential -

● You have a master’s degree in Finance, Economics, or Business Administration. 

● Between 4 and 5 years of relevant experience in international accounting and finance. 

● Strong knowledge of accounting principles (BE GAAP), Belgian tax legislation and financial reporting standards. Experience with IFRS is a plus. 

● High-energy, flexible, and responsive work style; ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 

● Good communication skills and fluent in English and French. Dutch is a plus. 

● Excellent IT skills. 

● Strong analytical, problem-solving skills and attention to detail. 

● Able to work closely in a diverse team, but also independently, able to liaise effectively with stakeholders within the organisation.

Desirable - 

● CA/ACA/ACCA equivalent qualified. 

● Experience at a Big 4 accounting firm is a plus. 

● You have experience with ERP (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics). 

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


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