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This role is responsible for delivering the key financial targets of the Subsidiary (Revenue and Profit & Loss account) in a consistent and compliant manner. It leads the Finance function while being a key contributor in the Subsidiary leadership team. It delivers business impact through insightful analysis to drive growth in market share/business and creates strong finance processes while being the guardian of compliance in the Subsidiary. The Subsidiary controller also represents Microsoft in various external finance communities.
Attract, develop and retail talent: As a people manager, the Subsidiary controller is expected to:
Attract top diverse finance talent and live the philosophy of “hire better than yourself”
Invest in professional growth of the team through robust development plans and coaching
Hire and promote diversity in the team
Retain, grow and reward talent by showing career paths aligned with personal aspirations
Deliver results through teamwork and collaboration, including the virtual teams like procurement, RE&F, One Finance etc
Role model the Microsoft values and create a ‘culture and climate’ where individuals and teams can realize their full potential
Contribute & impact Subsidiary leadership, Regional finance and WW finance impact
Act as a trusted leader to the local Subsidiary leadership team to drive a culture of growth and accountability
Partner with the Subsidiary leadership to drive and land change to leverage external market opportunities; work closely with the country manager and Marketing & Operations lead
Actively contribute to the area finance leadership team and WW finance initiatives
Engage in external communities (e.g. customers, partners, forums, etc) to represent Microsoft, evangelize its products and gain insights
Business Insight: promote a culture of effective growth resulting in gains in market share in a predictable and profitable manner through best practice adoption and being the trusted advisor for your business.
Provide insights on opportunities for gaining market share by beating competition and growing faster than the market; align resources to capture the same
Partner with the Marketing and Operations lead during Mid-Year Review, including driving long and medium term strategies to achieve the Subsidiary vision
Deliver the Net revenue and Contribution margin metric on the Subsidiary scorecard
Drive learnings through benchmarking by adopting the “Growth productivity framework” and implementing areas to make your Subsidiary best in class
Be the productivity champion in the Subsidiary sharing insights and influencing implementation on areas for improvement
Highlight red flags to the local leadership and contribute to brainstorming different solutions to solve the problem
Drive impact through analyzing and aligning key WW metrics from various scorecards
Business Excellence: This role drive efficiency of finance processes in the Subsidiary to deliver annual financial targets through improvements to achieve simplification, accuracy and productivity.
Own the Operational mechanism of Profit & Loss
Deliver on the business cycles around budget, forecast, month close, monthly regional reviews, etc. Ensure data integrity in all operational matters.
Create impact through investment trade off decision making, Quarterly financial accountability and delivering contribution margin
Own partnering with Global Procurement Group, Real Estate & Facilities (RE&F), financial compensation analysts, One Finance, Operations Centers, Credit & Collections, IT, etc
Complete the P&L sign off activities (monthly sign offs, SOX 302 quarterly surveys, balance sheet reconciliation, etc)
Drive utilization of Core Finance to minimize the use of local reporting as a means to improve productivity
Ensure meeting all local statutory and tax requirements
Controls and Compliance: The Subsidiary controller is the lead for driving a culture of compliance and ensuring adherence to Microsoft’s Standard of business conduct.
Drive awareness in the Subsidiary about Microsoft policies and create the urgency to always be compliant; inject compliance into the Subsidiary DNA starting from a strong tone from the leadership team
Achieve targeted scores on Quarterly compliance scorecard and lead rhythms like Compliance committee, Compliance Advisory board, etc
Establish a sustainable compliance culture measured through “Green” internal audit results and effective implementations of audit findings
10+ years’ experience in Finance with strong demonstration of (people) leadership, business partnering capabilities and controls & compliance culture.
Fluent in English
Education, qualifications, training
o Degree in Economics or Business
o MBA preferable
Experience or skills required
o Seasoned Finance professional
o Significant experience in Finance Management at a senior level
o Proven track record of achieving results through influence where no direct line authority exists
o Proven track record of building a professional Finance team and supported successful careers of High Talents and High Potentials
o Past Demonstration on results achievement and drive change
o Subsidiary controller role experience
o Business acumen
o Strong analytical and conceptual abilities
o Well refined technical finance and strategic skills
o Team player
o Cross Cultural sensitivity
o Strong interpersonal awareness and emotional intelligence skills
o Influencing skills and good in ‘holding other people accountable’ (corporate and subsidiaries)