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Finance Manager
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Position: Finance Manager

Department: Accounting department
Location: HCMC
Report to: Managing Director of Fresh Studio

Finance Manager

Vietnam

Fresh Studio is the leading agriculture consultancy and R&D firm in Southeast Asia. Our mission is to make our clients successful in the sustainable production and marketing of food. Since 2006, we have worked passionately to achieve this mission and assist our clients to improve all practices from farm to fork. With a professional international and multi-disciplinary team of 80 staff, five offices, one food lab, two R&D farms in Vietnam and Myanmar, we are playing an important role in professionalising the agriculture sector in the region. To further increase our positive impact on the agribusiness sector of Southeast Asia, we are looking for a Finance Manager to be based in our Ho Chi Minh City office.

Introduction

As Finance Manager of Fresh Studio, you will work in a fast growing and dynamic company, where you will have the chance to contribute your financial expertise to our exciting agri-business projects. Our client portfolio consists mostly of leading international and domestic companies, ensuring that we often work on cutting edge projects. These are often innovative assignments, with a lot of positive impact on farmer income, a more sustainable way of production, healthier food for the consumer and success for our client.


As Finance Manager, you can contribute to our mission by being responsible for the finance and accounting of Fresh Studio and each of its subsidiaries (Vietnam and Myanmar). Besides company finance & accounting, he or she is also responsible for the accounting, reporting and cost control of each individual project, which includes both consulting projects as well as contracts where Fresh Studio acts as a long-term service provider. The Finance Manager will also get the chance to periodically participate as consultant in projects where specific financial expertise is required.


An example of such a project is the “Accelerating modern greenhouse vegetable farming in Dalat ” project. One important component of this project is access to finance for smallholders. Together with one international bank and a leading domestic bank, a new financial product has been developed for farmers to finance their investment in a greenhouse.

 

The main responsibilities of this position are:

  • Management accounting and reporting including periodic and ad-hoc reports
  • Annual reports
  • Coordination of the external audit of all entities
  • Preparation of annual budgets for Fresh Studio Vietnam and Fresh Studio Myanmar
  • Corporate finance related activities/projects
  • Develop KPI systems to enhance performance for key processes in the company
  • Project accounting and reporting
  • Keeping policies and procedures up-to-date, developing new ones if required and ensuring Fresh Studio staff is being trained in these policies and procedures
  • Cost control
  • Payments authorization
  • Contracts authorization
  • Reviewing tax statements
  • Managing external relationships with auditors, legal advisors, banks etc.
  • Managing the Chief Accountant and accounting team (Vietnam and Myanmar)
  • Travel on a regular basis: once per month to Hanoi, once per quarter to Yangon

 

Desired qualifications and skills:
You combine a good education, such as a MSc degree in finance or accounting, with work experience as finance manager in a services firm and ideally also with experience in the agri-business sector. From a content point of view, you are strong in both financial accounting, as well as management accounting. You love working with numbers, large datasets, can think in database structures, and use numbers to develop insights to improve the management of the company. You are a very structured and processed oriented person, who is driven and responsible to ensure a well arranged back-office.


Qualifications and skills

  • A university degree in finance, economics or accounting is preferable
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience, of which 5 years in a comparable position.
  • Work experience in the agri-business sector and/or experience in a (project based) services firm will be considered an advantage
  • Excellent in English and Vietnamese
  • Analytical mindset
  • Structured and process oriented
  • Excellent excel skills (power pivot, pivot tables, macro's, VBA).
  • Pro-active and passionate for excellence
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural teams.

 

Selection procedure

You can send your motivation letter and CV to yourcareer@freshstudio.vn. For more information, please contact the Fresh Studio HR Manager through yourcareer@freshstudio.vn