Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from its base in Brussels Airport. The group has around 4000 employees and 53 aircraft that operate some 300 scheduled flights daily. Values such as flexibility, punctuality, reliability, excellent service, multi-lingual staff, guaranteed low cost fares and top quality are the order of the day every day at Brussels Airlines.

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Business Controller

Mission

You will be responsible to oversee the business and financial performance for a dedicated area of our company. In this role you will cooperate strongly with different business owners, while at the same time work with the team on financial analysis and planning processes. Within the team you are trying to contribute towards a higher efficiency at work, and to make sure the team has a sizeable impact in order to help lifting our company to success. Towards the business, you are acting as a financial partner who can assist and challenge them when needed, helping to realize opportunities and eliminate weaknesses. You will for example, on top of the regular planning and reporting processes, assist business units with transparent ad-hoc analysis and reporting, and with the support and evaluation of projects and business cases. Finally, you will be involved in the evaluation of current strategies, and recommendation on future strategies. Thanks to our company size and broad range of activities, these involvements can lie within many different areas, ranging from Commercial to Operational.

Key Result Areas

  • Monthly closing activities in collaboration with Accounting: make sure the accounts are reflecting an accurate view of reality. Manage accruals in cooperation with the business.
  • Verify correctness of accounts in your business area in order to provide transparent reporting. In case of structural problems, set up initiatives in order restore correctness, and eliminate number of manual interventions needed.
  • Prepare financial reports for your business units, delivering the insights (e.g. variance analysis) they need in order to take the necessary action and eventually final decision.
  • Coordinate and consolidate the planning cycle processes (budget, forecast, business plan) for your responsible areas. Challenge budget owners in case of non-desirable budget proposals.
  • Prepare and participate in business performance review meetings together with the Management: discussion of results and relevant KPIs, presentation of deep-dive analysis, rest of year outlook, and discussion and agreement on next steps.
  • Contribute to the optimized use of the different systems used in the department (ERP tool, financial planning tool, big data visualization tool), in order to assure an efficient way of working.
  • Identify risks and opportunities in your areas, for example to increase bottom line results, and take actions upon in order to eliminate risks and push to realize opportunities.
  • Ad-hoc financial analysis: profitability analysis of business units, carve-out analysis, investment analysis.
  • Involvement in company projects possible after first relevant knowhow is obtained
  • Work on projects within the department in order to strengthen the services we internally deliver, as well make processes more efficient day after day.

Profile 

  • University Degree in Economics or Business Management
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience & relevant experience in Controlling/Finance/Planning/Consulting
  • Multiples experiences/tasks within specific business area(s) performed or internal/external consultation with different business areas exercised
  • Analytical experience (must) and business plan development involvement (desirable)
  • Corporate finance and accounting knowledge (the more advanced, the more desirable).
  • Able to work with Excel (must), ERP system (SAP), Planning tools, and affinity with data and visualization tools (Spotfire)
  • MS Office applications
  • Natural interest in business and finance, business performance, process efficiency, and customer satisfaction. 
  • Ability to summarize and diagnose complex issues
  • Able to tackle bigger projects within the department, or in cooperation with the business
  • Ability to work independent, and above all a natural team player
  • Clear communicator and presenter
  • Fluent in English, Dutch or French is a nice to have
  • We offer flexibility in offering an 80 % or 100% contract.

Your application will be evaluated by the HR department of Brussels Airlines itself. For any additional feedback regarding your application, we kindly refer you to the Brussels Airlines HR department.

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