Financial Controller Southern Europe

Job description

The Student Hotel: May the student in you live forever!

The Student Hotel is a fast-growing hospitality group providing students, interns, researchers, travelers, tourists, friends and family from near and far with accommodation, café-restaurants, meeting rooms, study and co-working spaces, gym, bikes and a lot more. The current portfolio includes ten locations with over 3000 rooms in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Paris and Barcelona and Florence. Projects in Dresden, Vienna and Bologna are under construction. In the next few years we will continue to open 20 fully-owned locations in leading university cities in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Germany. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam on the top floor of our flagship hotel on the Wibautstraat.

Working at The Student Hotel means that you join an international and multidisciplinary team of highly motivated and ambitious people. The Student Hotel expects full commitment of its team members and rewards this with primary and secondary benefits, an internationally acclaimed brand, plus massive opportunities for international career development and personal growth.


The challenge: Financial Controller

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Financial Controller to lead our Southern Europe Finance team in support of our properties in Southern Europe!

The region covers Spain, France and Italy which have already operating Hotels and projects under construction; and Portugal which has several projects on going.

In this role you will perform a critical role at the core of the Finance department's activities. You will be in charge of the reporting cycle and report to the Director of Finance. You will be responsible for the month end process of the Southern Europe TSH entities. The Financial Controller is directly responsible for ensuring that monthly closing are accurate and timely compliant with local GAAP.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading a growing Finance team of 7+ in support of 4 hotels under operation and 8 at different stage of their development
  • Monthly analysis of the performance and forecasts for the region, together with stakeholders in charge (Ops, Revenue Mgt, etc.)
  • Coordinate / Challenge the budget process and CapEx of all operating entities of the region
  • Responsible for monthly close, ensuring accuracy and completeness of accounting entries in required timeline
  • Full ownership of the General Ledger, ensuring the accuracy of accounting entries
  • Responsible of Internal controls, balance sheet accounts reconciliation and update or the permanent folder
  • Connect with team members cross departments to gain the knowledge necessary to ensure the numbers are a true reflection of the operation of the companies
  • Prepare monthly and Legal reporting for both internal-and external purposes
  • Lead external audits and year-end closing for the entities of the region


About you:

This role is ideal for a super organized financial who thrives in a rapidly growing environment. You:

  • Have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in central accounting hubs supporting multi-property organisations
  • Ideally started your career as an external auditor in one of the top-notch firm
  • Have good knowledge of Spanish GAAP and regulatory reporting, additional countries will be valuated
  • Have strong Microsoft Office skills (especially Excel)
  • Are detail oriented and still able to keep an overview
  • Are a team player who is also perfectly able to work independently
  • Have excellent planning skills and can deal with time limits
  • Have good communication skills (Fluent English & ideally Italian and/or French)
  • Have a relevant degree
  • Know how to celebrate successes


What we offer:

A full-time job in an international environment with a high ‘fun’ element. The development of the organization can have growth possibilities for the future, also internationally. We have daily extensive fresh lunches, refreshments and fun social drinks in a cool atmosphere and of course a nice discount policy for our team members. The Southern Europe office is located in the vibrant city of Barcelona in The Student Hotel Campus Marina.