VP Finance & CFO – Walter (Flexible location)

January 2, 2023
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg
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For Walter, a division within Sandvik Group, we are looking for an experienced finance leader to join us as our new CFO and develop our business as we move forward. Leading our Walter finance community means working in a truly global, technically advanced, high-quality arena. Walter is one of the world's leading metalworking companies. As an innovative partner, we provide specialized machining solutions and a wide range of precision tools to our customers across 80 countries. In this position, you connect with brilliant minds as you build a strong and cohesive finance organization in order to support our ambitious objectives. A decisive commercial-minded leader is what we are looking for – is that you?

Your mission and responsibilities

In this central and versatile position, you work closely with our division president and the management team and advise us towards successful financial strategies and decision-making. You are responsible for the overall financial operations of the Walter division and the legal entity and if you are seated in Germany you are part of the governance of Walter AG and our site in Tübingen, Germany. Furthermore, you hold accountability for our Sustainability Program and the management of Quality, Environment, Health and Safety - where you steer us in the right direction and safeguard adherence to internal and external regulations and standards.

Responsibility for overseeing and controlling the operations in production is an extensive part of the role to ensure cost and time efficiency, as well as proper adherence to company guidelines and other regulations. You establish the framework for business performance management and analytics and ensure accuracy, speed and efficiency in all aspects of finance. To succeed, you take the lead in planning and execution, and you challenge us to set targets and prioritize what development initiatives we need to stay on top of our game. Important items on your agenda are production and operations controlling, tax management, accounting, consolidated reporting, forecasting and follow-up, as well as risk management, compliance and internal controls. You also look at financial trends and possible impacts on the business, and by analyzing data, you proactively communicate and lead the way in necessary actions.

Operating in a global business environment with diverse cultural and economic challenges, you’re the number one promoter of excellent collaborations. For us, this means working closely with our stakeholders and the finance community within Sandvik Group. You act in line with our company values and are an inspiring leader for the finance organization as you connect people, processes and financial insights.

You report directly to the President of Walter Group, and are an active member of our management team and the Board for Walter AG. If you are seated in Germany you are also a member of the Sandvik Germany Country Council. The location for this position is preferably at our headquarters in Tübingen, Germany – although we might consider flexible working possibilities from other countries for the right candidate. International travel is included in your job.

Your background and character

We are looking for someone with an academic background in the combined areas of Business Administration and Engineering. You have a solid financial background formed within a corporate environment and including a mix of controlling and accounting – especially experience in production and operating controlling is required as that’s one of our main focus areas. Furthermore, experience in people management and leading financial operations – both strategically and operationally – is also required. Your strong business acumen pairs well with your skills in driving change and managing stakeholders in large, international organizations. Previous experience of M&As and business development is needed, and so is the ability to confidently advise and direct decision-making at the management level. In addition, you master financial tools and processes and have a strong set of communication skills in English, while German skills are a plus. Working internationally and potentially being based in Germany, you also need knowledge of international and local financial laws and regulations.

You mix an analytical and commercial mind, along with an ambitious drive and a sense of urgency in reaching results and working towards deadlines. By taking the lead and communicating clear expectations, you ensure operational excellence within the field of finance. You are guided by integrity and a genuine desire to create team spirit and help us grow, and your leadership style is open-minded, forward-thinking and collaborative. Finding improvements and new ways of working excites you, and you challenge us when you think it is necessary.

Our company and culture

At Walter, we bring pioneering metal and machining solutions to the world of manufacturing. Looking at areas such as turning, drilling, threading and milling – we have got them all covered. We are proud of the “Engineering Kompetenz” we offer our broad range of customers in every stage of their machining processes, and the way we collaborate to help them excel in performance, process reliability and productivity. When it comes to our people, we strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspective and background forms the best foundation for achieving great results. Visit our LinkedIn or Facebook to get to know us and our products further.



We have an ongoing process in this recruitment, so please send us your application as soon as possible and no later than January 02, 2023. Read more about Walter and apply by visiting the career section on our website. The reference number for this position is R0048736.

Contact information

For more information about this exciting job, please contact:

Sofie Mälstad, Executive Talent Acquisition Expert, + 46 (0)72 586 76 86.

To learn about our recruitment process, please contact HR Services, +46 (0)26 261 444.

Deadline: January 2, 2023
Job-ID: R0048736

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