Travel on the cards for role of regional controller

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am

An expanding international firm is seeking a regional controller for sugar and ethanol trading.

Cargill, an American-based company established in 1865 with a presence in 66 countries, is one of the biggest privately owned companies in the world. It provides food, agricultural and risk-management products and services.

The Asian operation, with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is now looking for a candidate to oversee the Asia-Pacific operations of sugar and ethanol trading and investment and production facilities that may be built in two years' time.

The ideal candidate should be innovative, motivated, able to multitask and have strong conflict management skills.

Experience in managing different businesses on the mainland, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong, in particular, is a must.

Hong Kong was the hub of the sugar and ethanol trading business, said Jackson Chan Man, director of Cargill, Hong Kong.

Although the person will be stationed here, 30 to 40 per cent of their time will be spent travelling in the region.

The candidate will ensure that financial statements are prepared properly, handle all corporate reporting requirements, ensure proper credit support covering the Asian trading counterparties, monitor internal mini-audits in the region, maintain and update the business unit policies and procedures database, participate in special projects and provide leadership.

'It is important that the person can listen well to what people present to him - not just listen to people's discussion, but really understand what people are talking about and, from there, come up with proposals or solutions for either internal colleagues or external customers,' Mr Chan said.

Effective business partnering, strong interpersonal and excellent communications skills are also important to the job.

'We are looking for people who are willing to look at new things and are a bit more innovative in the sense that they don't just look at things from an accounting perspective but can partner up with the commercial manager to build the business to understand the customers and suppliers, rather than a pure controller telling you not to do this and not to do that,' Mr Chan said.

Applicants must have a recognised degree in accountancy, preferably with CPA qualifications, and a minimum of seven years of work experience, three of which should have been in a managerial position.

Fluency in English and the ability to read Cantonese is a must. Putonghua skills are an advantage.