Finance Manager
Ascential PLC
Hong Kong

We are hiring an experienced Finance Manager who will based in Hong Kong and perform work for the region.

We are attracting talents who loves working in a multinational and fast pace working environment. The person is required to lead a small team and is a key contributor for producing accurate and timely financial and management accounting information across all brands under Ascential.

The role will be focused on both APAC and China operations and will have opportunities to perform finance works for both our service products and manufacturing products.

This role will be reporting in to the Finance Director APAC .

Key responsibilities

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.

  • 25 days of holiday per year with the option to buy or sell between 1-5 days
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • Bonus, Pension, Private Medical and Dental Insurance plans
  • Life Assurance; Income Protection and Critical Illness covers
  • Option to opt into the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Season ticket loans
  • In addition, we offer flexible benefit packages that include Childcare Vouchers; Cycle to Work; Retail Vouchers; Gourmet Card;
  • Gym Flex; Gadget Insurance, Health Assessments and Will Writing.

    We also place great importance on health, lifestyle and wellbeing consistently, in which you will have the options to fuel up on free fruit, attend yoga sessions, join our running club, or perhaps taking up on a lunchtime massages.

    About WGSN.

    We offer insights and inspiration from around the globe. We help our customers stay ahead and informed through trend forecasting and data science.

    We believe inspiration comes from the monumental and the mundane.

    If you’re passionate about fashion and lifestyle this is a great place to be, giving you the opportunity to work with the world's most creative trend experts, designers, editors, account managers, marketers, product developers, customer service experts and much more in a meritocratic, high performance company.

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

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