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Finance Lead

Shanghai , Mainland China

Ref#: 9677250713

Date published: 15-Feb-2021

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Position Purpose
The Account Finance Lead is a client-facing position, fully accountable and to a degree responsible for all CBRE financial matters internally, as well as the production of all financial deliverables to the customer externally. It involves the management of a finance team, dedicated to the account.
This is a key business partner role part of the team, dedicated to a client/account.
This position is integral to the regional and international leadership of the Account. It requires significant coordination and partnership across several verticals, functions and geographies, both on client side and CBRE’s
The Account Finance Lead is to provide leadership and decision-making support, helping to deliver on joint objectives, such as: financial stewardship & performance, management reporting, contract management, technology deployment, resource planning, commercial business cases and the management of client and business outcomes. 

Job Responsibilities: 
Key Accountabilities:
Drive financial performance throughout the business
Hold key relationship with Client’s stakeholders 
Ensure reporting consistency, accuracy and integrity for both internal and external deliverables
Ensure full compliance with SOX control requirements within CBRE.
Manage the Finance team through the CBRE month-end, P2P, O2C and all financial processes
Support Commercial Director, Account Lead and Regional Operations Leads with high quality financial information.
Be the sounding board to the business leads for all commercial and operational matters
Draw upon CBRE best practice where appropriate. Build network with Subject-Matter Experts within the Client organisation and CBRE to ensure awareness of wider initiatives.
Act as first point of contact for all CBRE Regional finance related initiatives.
Ad hoc reporting and duties when required

CBRE corporate finance function: 
Take ownership of all accounting & financial matters on the account 
Annual budget process 
Quarterly and monthly forecast  
Reporting and analysis for variances / gaps against budget
Business reviews 
Month-end closing accuracy timeliness 
Manage CBRE’s financial statements (P&L and Balance Sheet): review monthly deferred revenue schedules, journal entry accruals, budget vs. actual variance analyses, risk/opportunity tracking, etc.  
Process and controls
Ensure quality, efficiency and effectiveness of all financial processes
Process compliance – ensure P2P process is well managed & executed
Manage Billing to Collection process – ensure billings get issued on time and collected 
Audit and risk mitigation  

Contractual & Commercial deliverables:
Client Baseline & Budget
Contract Change Control
Audit check points & compliance
Understanding fully contractual obligations and associated KPIs 
Drive continuous performance improvements 
Contractual compliance 
Drive account growth 
Drive CBRE initiatives and growing capabilities within account   

Business Partner: 
Financial and commercial advice to the Account Director (AD) and the account leadership/operations within APAC
As finance rep for APAC to interface with account global leadership team 
Collaborate with region, sub-region/country account team and platform team 

Establishes overall departmental priorities and ensures that all deadlines are met. 
Take accountability for the finance team output and ensure the highest standard of delivery
Drive overall process improvement, ensuring global consistency
Mentor and coach team members to further develop competencies. Supervise finance staff including training and managing job performance. 
Work as a project manager in order to plan, organise and deliver complex tasks, involving a high number of stake holders and deliverables.
3. Candidate Profile

Qualified accountant and member of recognised accounting organisation preferred but not mandatory if candidate can demonstrate equivalent skillset 
Expected 10+ years post qualified, managing a finance department
Experience driving financial performance in an industrial business context. Knowledge of Facility Management markets, an advantage.
Experience of planning and forecasting financial performance within a multi $m organisation
Demonstrated management experience in a related environment
Experience managing a high degree of complexity, bringing together financial, commercial, operational and people considerations, to secure the best outcomes
International/regional/cross-country or multi-cultural experience
Experience with contract management an advantage.

Fluent in English. 
Self-starter and autonomous mindset
Strategic thinking
Keen interest on operational matters and ability to bring together operational, contractual & financial matters
Resilience & extra-mile culture
Smooth inter-cultural management experience
Experience facing & managing customer seen as an advantage
Operational/Industrial finance experience
Excellent communication and presentation skills 
Ability to solve problems - both independently and working as a team. 
Ability to work in a Matrix organisation involving many stake holders
Ability to convince, influence or persuade others to gain support for own agenda across the organisation
Leadership of a high performing team of finance professionals
Experience working with shared services
Microsoft Office product literate, excel modelling and data manipulation skills
Solid understanding of modern Digital & Technology solutions, used to facilitate and enhance business performance (ERP, Reporting tools, Cloud based solutions, etc.) 
Robust capacity to work under pressure & tight deadlines
Highly organized to ensure critical contract deadlines are met every month
Experience of engaging and working remotely
Other desirable skills: ability to apply technical knowledge, using commercial skills, networking, negotiating, problem-solving, flexibility, meeting deadlines, ability to focus and be persistent, understanding complex information and ability to adapt to and follow business protocols