Finance chief wanted to help develop team

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am

Rewards await a seasoned finance executive ready to face the challenges of a newly created regional role.

A highly profitable financial services company with a significant presence in Asia seeks a regional chief financial officer. This is an important role that will help drive company expansion and support the development of new markets, while also establishing a succession plan.

The appointee will be responsible for all elements of finance, accounting, tax and treasury in Asia, and work closely with country chief executives to assist them in meeting growth targets.

'The role has a strong emphasis on providing proactive commercial support to the business, and managing and developing a large and geographically diverse team,' said Anthony Lewis, managing director of ALS International, which is handling the search.

He described his client as having a brand recognisable for product excellence and industry leadership, which was rapidly expanding across Asia. Furthermore, he said the company was a good employer to work for due to its corporate culture that valued employee initiative, encouraged contribution and supported career growth.

The need to understand the complexities of Asian business and to build credibility with country heads may be seen as a challenge by some, but a challenge that will be well rewarded in career and financial terms.

He or she will need the skills to manage and develop a team of 50 culturally diverse employees across several countries. So the successful candidate must be an excellent mentor and communicator, able to forge close and productive relationships.

In addition, Mr Lewis seeks to place someone with a strategic mind who can set and meet the goals of the business in Asia.

Those interested in the position should be qualified chartered accountants with about 15 years of experience. This is a great career opportunity for a chief financial officer of a financial services organisation such as a bank, asset manager or insurance company, or for someone who is a partner with a Big Four accounting firm.

This regional role is designed to provide succession to the role of chief operation officer. The organisation is committed to training and development, and has a history of retaining and promoting senior managers.

The incumbent will travel about 20 per cent of the time to regional destinations, with occasional trips to the United States and Europe.

Selection will be carried out through an initial screening and a competency-based interview to be completed by ALS International. The first client meeting will be with the regional human resources director, followed by a series of interviews with senior executives and the chief executive of the region.