Business Controller IT / Digital
Family owned business Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over ninety years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, shipbuilding, ship repair and related services. Damen operates 36 shipyards in 18 countries. We offer direct employment to around 12,000 colleagues, bringing together a total production value of 2 billion euros and delivering more then 143 ships annually.
As Business Controller you are part of the Control-team of the Finance and Control department of Damen Global Support.
In this role you will work closely with the IT department, to ensure effective financial management and decision-making within our IT and Digital department.
This role requires a deep understanding of both finance and IT, as well as the ability to translate technical concepts into financial insights. The Business Controller will collaborate closely with IT leaders to optimize financial performance, drive cost efficiency and contribute to the achievement of strategic objectives.
Next to the business control of the IT department (which is the primary focus) you will also support other control and reporting activities within the Damen Global Support division and her departments.
In this role you report to the Finance Director of Damen Global Support
1. Financial Analysis and Planning:
- Analyze IT project budgets, expenditures, and forecasts, identifying potential risks, opportunities, and cost-saving measures;
- Analyze financial data related to Agile IT projects, offering real-time insights into budget utilization, burn rate, and cost-efficiency;
- Prepare financial models to evaluate the financial feasibility of IT initiatives, ensuring alignment with overall business goals;
- Collaborate with IT teams to create accurate and insightful financial projections and budgets;
- Drive the creation of Agile-friendly financial reports, visualizations, and dashboards that facilitate informed decision-making at all levels of the organization.
2. Performance Tracking and Reporting:
- Monitor and report on key financial metrics, providing timely and accurate updates to IT and finance leadership;
- Develop and maintain dashboards and reports to visualize financial performance and aid in decision-making;
- Conduct variance analysis to explain deviations from budgets and forecasts, recommending corrective actions as necessary;
- Support the month-end closing, and are responsible for forecasting and reporting.
3. Cost Management:
- Partner with IT managers to optimize IT spending and resource allocation;
- Identify cost reduction opportunities while maintaining operational efficiency and quality;
- Assist in negotiation and vendor management to secure cost-effective IT solutions and services.
4. Business Partnering:
- Collaborate closely with IT teams to understand their initiatives, projects, and technological needs;
- Provide financial insights and guidance to help IT leaders make informed decisions that align with overall business strategies;
- Support IT in prioritizing projects based on financial impact and strategic importance.
5. Forecasting and Budgeting:
- Lead the annual IT budgeting process, working with IT stakeholders to create realistic and achievable financial plans;
- Develop financial forecasts that consider both short-term and long-term IT initiatives and their impact on the organization's financial health.
Skills & experience
- Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, or a related field; MBA or advanced degree is a plus;
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in finance, with a focus on financial analysis, budgeting, and cost management;
- Solid understanding of IT operations, technologies, and project management;
- Proficiency in financial modeling, forecasting techniques, and data analysis;
- Strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams;
- Advanced proficiency in financial software and tools, including Excel, ERP systems, and data visualization tools;
- Detail-oriented with excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities;
- Ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, managing multiple priorities effectively;
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
What we offer
We want to make sure you are doing well in this role so we will support you to develop yourself. We are a growing organization where innovation is the driving force. Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, and that's why we continue to grow and innovate and offer plenty of opportunities.
We offer you:
- Personal guidance, freedom, varied work and a work environment where your opinion counts;
- An excellent benefits package tailored to your experience and education level;
- A work from home policy;
- A dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
- An open, informal, no-nonsense culture with short communication lines;
- An active social environment in terms of business culture, events and sports.
If you are a results-driven Finance professional with a passion for IT and the ability to bridge the gap between Technology and Finance, we invite you to apply. This role offers the opportunity to shape the financial strategies of our Damen Global Support and IT department and contribute to the overall success of our organization.