Finance Director - Australia/New Zealand - 13 Month Contract

Finance / Gestion : Finance Southbank, Australia Sydney, Australia
Contract Type: Full-time


Position at Lee Hecht Harrison (Global)

Finance Director ANZ - 13 Month Contract

The primary responsibility of the ANZ Finance Director is to:


(1)    Oversee all finance, accounting, budgeting, forecasting and other reporting activities for the ANZ business and ensure accurate and timely submission of all financial reports


(2)    Provide Finance Business Partner support to the ANZ Managing Director and other key leaders to identify insights and provide commercial advice


(3)    Ensure compliance with Adecco Group Policies and Internal Controls and management of relevant risks


(4)    Provide ad hoc reports/requests to Group, global FP&A team, Global Head of Finance, and other groups as required


Reporting Relationships:

      Global Head of Finance – CT&M and LD (based in Australia)

      Strong dotted line to ANZ Managing Director


Direct Reports:

      Three accountants


Major Responsibilities

Financial – Accounting & Compliance

      Acts as Local Controller for Australia/New Zealand

      Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of LHH financial statements in accordance with US GAAP, Group Policies and Controls. This includes submission of the consolidated P&L and Balance Sheet; as well as timely and accurate production of statutory and internal financial reports; GM Reports, MFRPs, Tax Packages, etc

      Ensure that appropriate systems and internal controls are implemented and maintained

      Ensure account reconciliations are prepared monthly and submitted to Group Finance

      Ensure compliance with Adecco Group Policies and reporting on. Ensure country self-testing is done annually and documented; Remediate process issues (if any) in order to ensure compliance with policies

      Work with auditors (internal and externals)

      Manage financial risk and ensure adequate provisions are recorded

      Ensure tax returns are filed timely / work closely with LHH Group and Adecco Group Tax

Financial Planning & Analysis

      Oversees the preparation of the global annual budgets and monthly forecasts and ensure accurate and timely information is provided

      Supports the ANZ MD and leadership team to help drive the business strategy, drive commercial decisions, identify insights and actions, and help identify process improvements across the organization

      In early 2023 it is envisaged that this role will take on responsibility for Finance Business Partnering activities for the LHH Recruitment Solutions Business in ANZ. This would include all budgeting, forecasting, management reporting, and other decision-making tools.

      Where required assist the sales team and MD on any major bid opportunities in terms of pricing for profitable business

      Proactive Expense management:

  • Ensure expenses are managed in line with revenues and recommend action plan for any deviation from budget / targets
  • Prepare contingency plans for any slowdown of business

      Prepare variance analysis on a monthly basis and highlight key issues and unusual items and provide recommendation to remediate

      Prepare Operations Review documents / and other management presentations

      Lease Management: review of leases with focus on the long term

      Compensation and Bonus plan modelling / Partner with HR and Finance / Prepare monthly detailed schedules by person to support monthly accrual / Oversees commission calculation where applicable

      Contract Management: ensure compliance / roll out contract Matrix template / work closely with Global Finance and Legal

      Risk Management: Capture items for quarterly risk report, assess reserves required (if applicable) with adequate support for analysis, and implement required mitigating actions (audit risks, employee related risks, lawsuit, etc)

      Ongoing review of Vendor spend and opportunities for savings

      Manage Accounts Receivable and keep DSO days within target levels

      Participate in any special projects as assigned, inclusive of working on any potential merger & acquisitions


Required Experience/Characteristics

      Education and languages

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related field.
  • CPA or CA (or equivalent) essential
  • Languages: English required



  • Minimum 10 years-experience in an accounting/finance field and in leading small teams
  • Experience in new accounting / front-office system roll-out
  • Technical US & Local GAAP knowledge. Must understand revenue recognition requirements
  • Experience in both controllership and FP&A is desirable
  • FP&A experience: Budgeting, Forecasting, variance analysis


      Key Competencies:

  • Attention to detail and ability to deliver timely, accurate financial detail
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels
  • Ability to be a close business partner, but remain independent and challenge the business as required
  • Ability to effectively influence others at various levels within the organization
  • Ability to develop, improve, and streamline processes to meet established goals and objectives
  • Personal qualities of integrity, respect, resiliency and credibility