Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Based in Antwerp, Belgium

Spacewell: a strong and innovative global player

Spacewell, a Nemetschek Group company, is a technology and consulting firm, supporting its clients across the globe to improve the performance of their building portfolios.

Our core purpose is to make buildings work harder for their occupants through unlocking the power of building information. We are at the forefront of IoT and BIM embedded in Integrated Workplace Management (IWMS) software, enabling our clients to benefit from rich asset information and real-time data from building sensors. By leveraging the Internet of Things, our solutions make buildings smart, drive efficient service delivery and enable our clients to deliver a superior occupant experience.

Our groundbreaking innovation has been recognized by independent and trusted technology research companies and includes ranking in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for 3 years in a row, being named a representative vendor in Gartner’s IWMS Guide and a Leader in Verdantix Green Quadrant for IWMS.

Spacewell recently joined the Nemetschek group, a publicly-listed strategic holding company whose operating subsidiaries employ more than 2,500 people around the world. The Nemetschek Group drives the digitalization of the building industry, in order to realize a seamless flow of information and feedback throughout all project stages, from design to build, to maintenance and operation. This provides us with a strong foundation to further accelerate our growth and internationalization.

If you share our passion for technology & innovation, want to serve big-name clients and are looking to join an international team of professionals serving customers across the globe, then take a look at this career opportunity.

Basic Function:

The Chief Financial Officer position is accountable for

  • The administrative, financial (planning), and risk management operations (liabilities & investments)
  • The investment strategy by considering cash and liquidity risks
  • The development of both the financial and operational strategy, including metrics tied to that strategy
  • The ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results

Principal accountabilities are:

Financial planning

  • Assist in formulating the company’s future direction and supporting tactical initiatives
  • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  • Develop financial (and in a later phase tax) strategies
  • Manage all budgeting processes
  • Develop performance measures and monitoring systems that support the company’s strategic direction

Operations

  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the executive management team
  • Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team
  • Manage the accounting, administration, controlling and procurement functions
  • Oversee the financial operations of all subsidiary companies and foreign operations
  • Manage any third parties to which accounting or finance functions have been outsourced
  • Implement operational best practices
  • Supervise acquisition due diligence and negotiate acquisitions

Financial Information

  • Oversee the issuance of financial information
  • Report financial results to the board of directors
  • Strategic & financial advisory (to CEO/Business Leaders/Board)
  • Interpretation of management reporting and appropriate recommendation

Support and guidance in M&A

  • Play a vital role at every stage in the deal process
  • Consider all aspects of pricing expectations, value add, and risks
  • Providing minimum benchmarks which stakeholders understand & agree with before entering into a negotiation
  • Maintain open communication about acquisition conditions, growth potentials, and other financial targets
  • Post-acquisition, support in creating the integration plan, while working with all departments to define performance metrics, and to design incentives

Risk Management

  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the company’s risk profile
  • Monitor all open legal issues involving the company, and legal issues affecting the industry
  • Construct and monitor reliable control systems
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Report risk issues to the audit committee of the board of directors
  • Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations

Funding

  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt financing

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven C-level experience in the finance department of a multinational quoted company. Exposure to fast paced, sales driven B2B organizations with product, sales and delivery complexity
  • Track record in scale-up/fast growth
  • In depth knowledge of corporate financial law, risk management practices, data analysis and forecasting methods
  • Experience with managing Legal / IT is a plus
  • Proven track record in Business Controlling of a B2B services / sales company
  • Proven track record in bookkeeping, budget and control
  • Experience in people management, creating a high performing team
  • Highly proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software
  • Ability to analyze, strategize, and efficiently plan & organize
  • Strong leadership skills, including effective communication, presentation, people motivation
  • Master’s degree in finance. MBA is a plus
  • Entrepreneurial flair and drive combined with structured and analytical approach
  • Able to challenge, improve and develop existing practices
  • Able to develop business relationships
  • High team spirit
  • Enthusiastic, charismatic with a good sense of humor
  • Process mindset and analytical skills
  • Fluency in Dutch and English, other languages are a strong advantage
  • Willingness to travel

Working Conditions:

  • Executive management position
  • Will work in an office environment
  • Frequent travel to company subsidiaries will be necessary, as well as for acquisition activities

Reports to: CEO

Geographic scope: BE + NL + DE + FR + US + SE

How to apply

If you are interested in working with our highly talented and motivated global team, then send your CV & brief motivation to:

Eva.Michielsen@spacewell.com

We look forward to hearing from you.