Regional Finance Director Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Job level Top
Work exp Minimum 10 Years
Education Master Degree
Not Specified
Employment type Full Time
Industry Catering / Food & Beverage
Job function Accounting > Accounting / Finance Manager
Accounting > Financial Analyst
Accounting > Senior Management
Published On 29/01/2018

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality. Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with around 8000 employees in 68 countries, with a consolidated turnover of over €1,7 billion in 2016. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical.

Based in Hong Kong, reporting directly to the Group Finance Business Controller with dotted line to the Markets Director APMEA, we are looking for the Regional Finance Director Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. As a member of the APMEA management team, the successful candidate will work closely with the Markets Director, the APMEA countries, and the global business control function to achieve and surpass the business and financial objectives in the Markets.

This role will be close to the day-to-day reality of the key markets, helping to evolve the finance function from a controlling role into a full Business Partner where the local finance heads are a trusted advisor to GMs in key business and financial decisions. As a ‘professional agitator’, the APMEA Finance Director knows the local realities well and constantly challenges the system to do more with less, to achieve increased efficiencies, to constantly plan ahead, and to have the appropriate contingencies.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Act as co-pilot to the Markets Director, and assist Regional Directors, country General Managers, and local Finance Managers in their tasks to:
  • Help understand and control financial performance and identify weaknesses and opportunities, proposing actions plans
  • to correct course;
  • Analyze performance trends in sales, margins, expenses, productivity, digging deep to investigate and understand
  • variances vs budget and prior years;
  • Lead the overall forecasting & budgeting exercises in the Markets/Region
  • Develop and/or follow up working capital management, aiming for year-on-year improvements
  • Develop and/or follow up productivity, aiming for year-on-year improvements
  • Support business development programs
  • Support regional and local acquisition efforts
  • Lead and organize local CAPEX business plans in partnership with Operations
  • Proactive involvement in and follow up of subsidiary operations; inform and/or alert on possible issues
  • Pro-actively prepare monthly and quarterly regional financial reports and analyses
  • As part of the group business control team :
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the Group Financial Principles in APMEA
  • Guarantee the financial integrity and timeliness of the financial reporting
  • Actively support the monthly reporting, forecasting, long range plan and budgeting process
  • Actively participate in the process of upgrading the talent base of the APMEA Financial team across countries, ensure
  • proper training for capabilities and leadership is in place
  • Follow up on country internal audit reports ensuring corrective action plans are implemented timely
  • Support the improvement of a strong internal control environment
  • Support in an Ad hoc basis country with respect to the above and other financial, tax or statutory issues
  • Support the growth of the company:
  • Support M&A Director in acquisitions: valuation of companies, set-up of business plan & coordinating financial due
  • diligences
  • Lead financial integration after acquisition (financial process, financial systems, synergies, training, etc)


  • Educated to a Masters Level minimum
  • 10 years’ minimum professional experience in Finance and/or business control.
  • Experience in a multinational, matrix environment. At least one international work experience preferred.
  • ICT: SAP knowledge is a highly desired “plus”
  • Proficiency in English. Any other local language is an asset.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and people management skills
  • Travel requirement – 50%


  • Provides insight into the future
  • Transforms the result of analysis into articulated, simple conclusions
  • Manages well ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Ability to see the big picture
  • Challenging, comfortable with constructive conflict
  • Biased for action, proactive and business/commercial-oriented
  • Able to influence the organization
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and develop people. A visible team player profile.