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Country Finance Head

Role purpose

  • Manage timely and accurate financial group, statutory and tax accounting processes and financial compliance for countries connected to the country cluster/ sub-region.
  • Represent Syngenta to key tax, legal, and audit-stakeholders.
  • Manage Finance Services staff working in country also managing external service providers.
  • Manage the in country finance team provide outstanding service to the other in country functions
  • Implementation and protection of the Target Operating Model and Finance Services and Procurement process standardization.

For countries connected to the country cluster/ sub-region:

  • Lead the implementation of global standardized & fit for purpose processes, including sustained delivery of high quality, cost effective services, which is scalable for both organic- and acquisitive growth which includes the incremental outsourcing to third parties and the activation of / participation in new governance bodies (including Finance Leadership Team, Board of Directors, Compliance Committee).


  • Operational responsibility
  • As member of Board of Directors takes accountability and ownership for financial matters of the legal entities in the country cluster/ sub-region. Depending of size of country cluster/ rub-region some BOD activities could be delegated to other sr Finance member of the team.
  • Full accountability of local statutory, group reporting and tax books: – Sustain high standards on verification of assets and liabilities in the balance sheets, review and approve financial tax & statutory accounting schedules, ensure compliance to standardised accounting, reporting and financial systems as well as policies and procedures. First point of contact for senior stakeholders regarding Finance Services matters.
  • To ensure governance models are working and related processes are fully compliant with group and local policies / regulations. (participation in Board of Directors, Finance Leadership Team, Compliance Committee & Legal Entity leadership Team (if applicable).
  • Financial Compliance, ensuring a good internal controls framework & ultimately accountable for following through on all relevant compliance issues (from internal audit, Sox, Letter of Assurance) including co-signing of Letter of Assurance.
  • Play key-role in the activation of new operating model : Transformation of Finance function and establishment new Finance Services organization (incl activation of country Finance Leadership Team)
  • Accountable to coordinate Tax audits and external audits. Facilitating role for internal audits and in case of findings accountable to ensure corrective actions are taken.
  • Supporting the functions budgeting exercise – creating scenarios and modelling KPIs
  • Responsible to create and maintain effective control on costs.
  • Ensure that the net prices are delivered and the rebate-incentive structure is serving the purpose while reflected in with right provisions
  • Ensure operational management of legal entity is fully updated on legal entity financials. Generally this happens via Legal Entity Leadership Team where FSH is a member of.
  • Critical success factors & key challenges
  • Meet all local statutory ans tax requirements
  • No significant external and tax audit issues
  • Delivery of SBS Finance services according to defined quality & service levels
  • Effective governance model in place facilitating effective group and local compliance
  • Strong communication and relation with local management and other stakeholders
  • Assure timely and accurate implementation of the SBS Finance activities
  • Assures good working relationships and process alignment between country teams, SBS transformation team, local business partner organisation, SBS procurement and external services providers and suppliers
  • Knowledge, experience & capabilities
  • Critical knowledge
  • Good understanding of local Generally Accepted Accounting Policies
  • Good understanding of legal entity governance framework (roles / accountabilities of BOD, LELT)
  • Good understanding of business end to end processes and internal controls necessary to safeguard the Company’s assets.
  • Local tax rules (especially, if no local tax team)
  • Experience in working in multi national organizations (ideally with matrix structure) with emphasis on communicating and decision making with demonstrated ability to work under pressure.

Critical experience

  • Qualified Accountant i.e. CIMA, ACA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent
  • Minimum 8-12 years experience in relevant roles
  • Keen demonstrated strengths in unquestionable integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Experience in working in multi national organizations with emphasis on communicating and decision making with demonstrated ability to work under pressure. Must be motivated by interdependency.
  • Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
  • Credible with local senior management and comfortable with expressing his views or putting alternate point of view in a constructive way.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have a good sense for business – Understanding business
  • Critical leadership capabilities
  • Manages team for Performance while ensuring high standards
  • Service Mindset
  • Ability to communicate with diverse senior stakeholder groups
  • Creating effective network inside and outside of the company

How to Apply

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