Finance Manager, APAC
Ascential plc
Hong Kong

About the role

We're looking for a Finance Manager, APAC to join our team in Hongkong. As part of our Regional Finance, your key responsibilities will include :

Financial Accounting and Governance :

  • Oversees all accounting / tax / cashflow / compliance for the portfolio of companies in Asia and China
  • Maintain tight balance sheet control
  • Ensure compliance with local statutory requirements and group requirements. Be able to maintain governance around financial operation processes, including but not limited to billings, receivables, purchase, payments, commissions, month-
  • end close, payroll, fixed assets, tax. Be able to implement new internal control policies and improve existing procedures.

  • Oversee external audits and taxation for Asia and China entities.
  • Handles ad hoc projects. Support implementation of financial systems and internal controls program.
  • Management Accounting :

  • Review accurate and timely monthly management accounting (including billings, revenue, accruals, prepayments, accurate monthly flash reporting, monthly commentary and forecast)
  • Maintain tight cost control against budgets. Maintain clear cost trackers each month with clearly visible fixed costs and discretionary costs.
  • Detailed understanding and tracking of headcount, listed by employee with knowledge of all open roles and the operational impact of these.
  • Produce accurate forecasting and budgeting as required (detailed workings bottom up for each department, posting to accounting systems and budget presentations and strategy).
  • Strategic Accounting :

  • Business partner with BU leaders.
  • Be able to carry out planning, budgeting and forecasting for the business.
  • Use management information to track progress against an aggressive 3 year plan and to identify new trends and opportunities.
  • Be able to establish key KPIs for tracking business performance
  • Be able to suggest cost savings proposals.
  • Your experience

  • The position will be based in Hong Kong and will perform work for the region including China.
  • Qualified CPA with university degree in accounting.
  • At least 10 years’ working experience, including experience in auditing and accounting in a commercial environment and with experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in regional finance and experience to China operation is a MUST.
  • Excellent at Microsoft Excel is a MUST.
  • Experience in using Hyperion Essbase is a MUST.
  • Experience in cost accounting and experience working for a manufacturing company is a definite advantage.
  • Experience in financial system implementation and knowledge of Oracle.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English, Chinese and Mandarin.
  • Good analytical skills with attention to details.
  • Enjoy working in multinational environment.
  • Excellent time management, ability to multi-task.
  • Mature, reliable, hands on, good team player, good people management skills, willing to take on any ad hoc assignments, collaborative and be able to meet deadline.
  • What we offer

    Our benefits package incorporates what we’re passionate about unlocking your future, overall well-being and sustainability whilst giving you control over your benefits.

  • Annual leave
  • House and rental tax benefit
  • Fitness subsidy
  • Private medical insurance
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • Option to opt into the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • About Ascential

    Ascential is a specialist, global, information company that helps the world’s most ambitious businesses win in the digital economy.

    Our information, insights, connections, data and digital tools solve customer problems in three disciplines :

  • PRODUCT DESIGN via global trend forecasting service WGSN;
  • MARKETING via global benchmark for creative excellence and effectiveness Cannes Lions and WARC and strategic advisory firm MediaLink;
  • SALES via retail and eCommerce strategy and analytics products from One Click Retail, Clavis Insight and Planet Retail RNG, the world's premier payments and FinTech congress Money20 / 20, global retail industry summit World Retail Congress and Retail Week.
  • Ascential also powers political, construction and environmental intelligence brands : DeHavilland, Glenigan and Groundsure.

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