Your space-enabled career begins here

Space-based technologies are the building blocks of these pillars of innovation:

Search for credible job opportunities with top entrepreneurial space companies.

Chief Financial Officer (Belgium)

Simera Sense

Simera Sense

Accounting & Finance
Leuven, Belgium
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Simera Sense is a leading multinational corporation at the forefront of providing complete earth observation camera solutions for the global small satellite and NewSpace market. Committed to excellence and innovation, we continuously strive to deliver superior products and services to our global customer base among which leading satellite manufacturers. As we scale up and expand our operations, we are seeking a highly skilled Chief Financial Officer to join our executive team and drive financial strategy and performance across our international footprint.

Position Overview:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will play a pivotal role in shaping the financial direction of our organization, ensuring sound financial management practices and strategies that support sustainable growth and profitability. Reporting directly to the CEO, the CFO will oversee all aspects of financial planning, reporting, analysis, and control for our multinational operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Financial Strategy: Develop and implement comprehensive financial strategies aligned with the company’s long-term goals and objectives.
  • Financial Planning and Analysis: Lead financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis processes to optimize resource allocation and drive profitability.
  • Financial Reporting: Oversee the preparation and dissemination of accurate and timely financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
  • Cash Management: Manage cash flow, liquidity, and working capital to support ongoing operations and strategic initiatives. Oversee banking relationships and develop strategies to mitigate financial risks, including currency fluctuations and interest rate exposure.
  • Tax Planning and Compliance: Develop tax strategies, manage tax and transfer pricing compliance, and optimize tax efficiency across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Performance Monitoring: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to monitor financial performance, identify areas for improvement, and drive operational excellence.
  • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate financial risks, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards.
  • Investor Relations: Serve as a key liaison with investors and other stakeholders, providing high standards and periodic financial information.
  • Team Leadership: Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO and executive leadership, offering strategic financial counsel and insights to inform decision-making. Build and lead a high-performing finance team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Partnerships: Evaluate potential strategic partnerships, conducting due diligence and financial analysis to support decision-making.
  • Scale-Up Challenges: Proactively address the unique challenges associated with scaling up operations in diverse geographic regions, including regulatory compliance, currency fluctuations, and cultural differences.
  • Technology and Systems Integration: Ensure that technology infrastructure can scale alongside the business and integrate with existing systems seamlessly.
  • Continuous Improvement: Drive process optimization and automation initiatives to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and scalability within the finance function.

Profile and qualifications:

  • You hold a Master’s degree in economics/finance and have at least 10 years of working experience within a similar function with end responsibility within an international matrix organization, preferably in manufacturing industry.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in multinational environments and high growth companies.
  • Fluent in Dutch and English, preferably French as well, with strong communication skills with different stakeholders (investors, management, team level).
  • CPA, CA, or equivalent professional certification preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of IFRS, tax regulations, and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Proven track record of strategic financial management, including financial planning, analysis, and reporting to PE investors.
  • Experience in managing financial operations in multiple geographic regions.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and effectively manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • You are willing to travel up to 20% of your time.

What we offer:

  • HQ based in Leuven with main manufacturing operations in South Africa and ongoing developments in Western Europe.
  • A challenging job with a broad management responsibility within a financially strong organization with an excellent reputation and strong values.
  • Opportunity to work in an international and fascinating environment with sector leaders.
  • A constantly evolving, dynamic and high paced company with a solid commitment to operational excellence while maintaining a long-term vision.
  • A competitive salary with attractive fringe benefits.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications and suitability for the role. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.