Head of Finance

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MPI-CBG is an institute of the renowned Max Planck Society conducting ground-breaking biomedical research at the forefront of the current state-of-the-art. The institute has an international staff coming from > 50 nations from around the world. The institute has won several prizes for its family friendly culture and for creating an optimal work environment.
As Head of Finance, you shall oversee a budget of approximately Euro 35 million in institutional funding, third-party funds and own revenues. You shall help develop and continuously improve management information to assist the Institute’s leadership team and budget holders. Key aspects of the role will be to manage the financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, reporting across the Institute, and correct accounting of all revenues and expenditures.

Job Description

Main responsibilities include:

  • provide advice and guidance regarding institute financial strategy to the leadership team
  • efficient and effective transaction processing and oversight of accounts receivable and payable
  • ensuring compliance with Max Planck and German public audit standards
  • provide senior level support and guidance to ensure compliance with financial regulations and procedures
  • apply appropriate internal controls to ensure accuracy, reliability and security of Institute assets and personnel records
  • serve as a financial controller to ensure bookkeeping, accounting, grant management, and bank statements are regularly reconciled
  • oversee a total digital transformation of finances and associated transactions in coordination with the Max Planck Society headquarters
  • lead a sustainable and effective team, by providing management, development and guidance to staff
  • serve as financial controller in the preparation of the annual financial statements, quarterly forecasts, middle and long-term financial plans, and customized monthly financial reports for the institute leadership as well as budget reports for research group leaders
  • ensure ongoing sustainability and continuous improvement of scientific services and facilities by establishing, monitoring and reporting a tracking and billing system, as well as cost and performance evaluation
  • serve as the main contact person for MPG headquarter’s financial office, auditors, tax authority, and banks.

The Head of Finance reports directly to the Head of Administration (‘HoA’) and typically serves as the HoA’s representative when the HoA is on vacation or absent.

Your qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, recognized accountancy qualification, experience working in a finance department of a comparable size, profound knowledge of accounting standards, sound office IT skills, advance knowledge of Excel, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and experience developing and leading staff; this would include excellent staff supervisory and team-work skills, with the ability to motivate staff to achieve deadlines and high standards.
The position would suit a hard-working, self-motivated and reliable person able to work to strict deadlines and take responsibility for their own workload.  Good interpersonal skills and a “can do” attitude is essential as there will be frequent contact with customers, sponsors and Institute staff. Experience of working with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word is essential as the work is mainly computer based.  Previous experience of enterprise accounts systems, preferably SAP, is essential, and significant experience and knowledge of German public sector financial procedures would be desirable. As the institute’s official language is English and the working language of the administration is German, fluency in German and English is necessary.

Our offer
The position is available immediately. The initial contract is for 2 years with the possibility to become unlimited thereafter. Salary will depend on the qualification and experience of the candidate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For inquiries, please contact the Head of Administration, Elena Trovesi (trovesi mpi-cbg.de ) or Deputy COO, Suresh Kumar (skumar mpi-cbg.de ).
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your complete application via our online application system stating Code 2021-HeadofFinance-6000
by May 15th, 2021 at

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108,
01307 Dresden, Germany

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