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Regional Finance Director - EMEA

Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy.

 

With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s energy transition to a more sustainable future.

 

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.

 

Regional Finance Director - EMEA


Overall responsibilities:


•    Responsible for driving the Financial Performance of the EMEA region across both operating assets and development & construction projects
•    Responsible for the application of all group accounting standards 
•    Responsible for the timely delivery of all forecasts, including budget ensuring all stakeholders are signed on to those forecasts
•    Responsible for financial control across EMEA, and contribution to the overall financial control environment across Lightsource bp
•    Responsible for provision of Business Partnering to senior managers within EMEA, and driving a business partnering culture in EMEA and across the wider team
•    Responsible for developing the team, ensuring every member of the EMEA team has a development plan to support their aspirations
•    Contribute to the leadership of the wider team and finance function role modelling Lightsource bp’s core values (safety, respect, integrity, sustainability, and drive)
Financial Accounting and Performance Management
•    Oversee the timely and accurate delivery of the management and statutory accounts for all legal entities in a variety of jurisdictions (predominately SPVs structured as such for project financing purposes) 
•    Provide timely and accurate analysis of financial and non-financial information to support senior management with the insight and data to inform decisions
•    Provide informative interpretation and analysis of activities together with comparatives to budgets / forecasts
•    Ensure all statutory consolidation, sub-consolidation and elimination entries are performed on an accurate and timely basis both under Lightsource bp GAAP and under local statutory requirements. 
•    Proactively manage the annual external audit process and filing of statutory financial statements in a timely manner for the relevant legal entities used by the Development business segment within the Region
•    Ensure all indirect tax compliance and filings for the legal entities are completed (e.g., VAT) and provide support on the compilation of corporate tax compliance and filings
•    Work closely across finance and the business to identify opportunities to improve processes and ensure those opportunities are capitalized on
•    Ensure delivery in to Lightsource bp’s Performance Management Framework, including the collation, interpretation, analysis and reporting of organizational key performance indicators
Planning Cycle – weekly and quarterly Forecast, annual Budget, 5 yearly Strategic Plan
•    Develop processes to support more regular forecasting, and identification of risks and opportunities to EMEA’s performance
•    Lead the quarterly and annual planning cycle of the different countries across EMEA
•    Provide comparison to relevant benchmarks to ensure a common understanding of projected performance

 

Financial Compliance & Control


•    Ensure integrity of actual results against local statutory regulations, ensuring the development of and compliance with Lightsource bp and local GAAP
•    Support the Global Finance Director in the roll out of new accounting processes, systems, and protocols across the different countries within the Region
•    Assess the control environment and propose and deliver improvements in the control environment in EMEA 
•    Support, endorse and socialize with the Countries all technical accounting interpretation in relation to the Development business segments in line with the Group’s strategic direction
•    Manage third party service providers within the Region and ensure that they perform to the timelines and quality standards imposed on insourced finance functions
•    Lead responses to all external regulatory / statutory queries and surveys (ie audit, tax, regulatory bodies etc.)
•    Support the Global Finance Director on any New Market Entry activities to the extent that it relates to Countries within EMEA

Business Partnering & Support
•    Support the Global Finance Director on strategic projects, including ad hoc analysis on all matters finance
•    Business Partner to all senior managers in EMEA region on development projects, build and operation
•    Assist with business cases as necessary and lead financial review of any new projects for financial suitability and sustainability
•    Support divestment activity as required
•    Key contact for all operational finance and commercial issues to support the business within the Region
•    Challenge the organization to ensure delivery of the quarterly key performance indicators, forecast, budget and targets
•    Early engagement and involvement with the business in value creating commercial assessment of activities
•    Together with the team, support cash management activities across EMEA
•    Manage the evolution of a solar project returns from inception to financial close, including challenging the business to mitigate risks as they arise
•    Key point of contact and responsible for finance related matters in relation to the Development - EMEA business segment, from project identification to achieving financial close
•    Challenge the organization to ensure focus on cost control and efficiency, including follow up of costs and proactive actions / recommendations to keep costs under control


Team Leadership & Development


•    Support the Global Finance Director by role modelling leadership behaviours that drive the team while balancing their wellbeing
•    Ensure that the team all have active development plans that support their aspirations
•    Contribute to the wider team/function ambition of making Lightsource bp a great place to work

 

Work Skills & Experience

 

•    Fully Qualified (ACCA, ACMA, ACA or equivalent) with significant post-qualified experience that demonstrates a breadth of experience across finance
•    A positive, resilient, and driven individual that partners with business stakeholders to achieve department and overall organization goals
•    A finance leader who delivers through others but with the ability to dig into the detail if required
•    Experience of leading teams, ideally including experience of leading geographically dispersed teams 
•    Comfortable in a fast paced, dynamic environment interfacing with key senior executives on     a regular basis
•    Technically sound with a good understanding of international financial and reporting standards
•    Experience in the preparation and interpretation of budgets and forecasts
•    Experience working with complex financing and company structures an advantage
•    Previous experience working for an international, complex business with the ability to apply learning from previous roles to a fast-growing SME
•    Excellent written communication skills with experience of presenting financial information to Executive and Board level stakeholders.

 

General Skills/Attributes


•    Lead and guide the team, while allowing team members freedom to accomplish their jobs in their way
•    Organised with the ability to flex to changing demands
•    Excellent presentation and communication skills with the ability to distil the key facts for stakeholders
•    Curiosity to understand and challenge the business to drive value creation
•    Excellent attention to detail and the drive to promote a “right first time” culture across finance
•    Eagerness to learn and grow with the business, and the desire to help shape the function and the business