The business controller of the future
The controller of the future is a strategic business partner of the Board of Directors.
There is an increasing demand for interim finance professionals who have strategic insight and soft skills. This means that the responsibility of the financial manager is expanding, and the profession is becoming more multifaceted.
This finance interim management is the field of work that Gert-Jan Kievit is involved in. What better way to help a CFO than to provide them with a good team?´
KNOW THE BUSINESS, NOT JUST THE FIGURES
'That strategic profile makes her or him of great added value for the CFO and the rest of the Board of Directors. A traditional controller is solely and exclusively involved with the finances. But a company like McDonalds has not become so huge because they have their finances in order, but because they know how to sell hamburgers like no one else. A business controller needs to have a thorough understanding of the business, not just the figures.'
NEVER BUSINESS AS USUAL
FINANCIALS OF THE FUTURE
'This way of working has another important advantage. Since we are involved in the whole process, we know at an early stage if and when more input is needed. We can work more proactively that way and already start looking for available candidates. Whenever other agencies are called to ask whether they can recommend a candidate right away, we are often already busy with the selection process.'
´You can see that finance and technology are converging more and more. This is why the financials of the future must be able to work smoothly with data systems. It is important that they are up to speed with Power BI and other reporting tools. Because financials usually have a highly analytical mind, they are able to create insights from data and are therefore able to provide a good overview of the financial position. Also, some programming knowledge is becoming more and more important. On the other hand, as I have already pointed out, more and more demands are being made on soft skills. The task portfolio of the controller is becoming increasingly more elaborate. That only makes the profession more interesting´