Senior Controller

Organization

Since 1996 AgroFair produces and imports Fairtrade and bio-organic bananas and tropical fruit. At that time the founder of AgroFair wanted to extend the Fairtrade principle from coffee to bananas. Unfortunately, the established banana companies were not interested, therefore they decided to handle the import itself. From humble beginnings, there is now a socially responsible import company with an impressive turnover. The company is now serving producers in many countries, such as Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, while they serve customers all over Europe, but also in Australasia, particularly New Zealand and  Korea.

AgroFair is widely recognized for its Fairtrade and bio-organic bananas. Additionally, a small portion of its revenue comes from producing fruit puree, mainly banana and mango pulp. The company takes great pride in its Oké brands, which symbolize a strong commitment to the planet, its people and fair trade prices.
While AgroFair has an idealistic nature, a familial atmosphere and works in partnership with suppliers, it is also a profit-driven company, with a businesslike environment and a pragmatic approach. In a highly competitive market, sharp decision-making and effective management information are crucial. 

The job profile

As the new Senior Controller, your role involves overseeing all aspects of financial accounting and control within the organization. You will be part of the Finance department and report directly to the Finance Director and you will have two direct reports working in the financial accounting. You are responsible for preparing the financial statements, ensuring accuracy and compliance with regulatory standards. You are an expert in cash flow management, in which you maintain contacts with the bank, manage financing activities and know how to deal with foreign currencies. A part of the role is the oversight of batch administration, covering the management of diverse product batches from production through to sales. This involves overseeing cost pricing and settlements, ensuring precise cost calculations for each batch, and managing the financial transactions associated with their sale.

Additionally, you oversee the quarterly reporting process, providing timely and comprehensive updates on the financial performance to internal and external stakeholders and management. As a finance business partner, you'll create budgets and forecast aligned with our goals and translate financial data for stakeholders. This includes colleagues from sales, procurement, logistics, and suppliers, ensuring transparency and alignment across departments. Affinity with IT and automation is most welcome. You contribute new ideas for automation in financial processes where you think it can be done better, faster or smarter. This is a great opportunity for financials who wants to grow into an end-responsible finance role in the future. 
 

“We were created for the sake of introducing Fairtrade bananas and the concept is still at the heart of our company. We are AgroFair. And we are bananas about our planet. About its people. And about bananas. These are our three main concerns. And in all three fields, we are going for the best”. 

The ideal candidate

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics/Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Approximately 4-7 years of experience in a finance role in an international environment, with preference given to those with experience in a trade environment.
  • Possesses a high level of proficiency in accounting, reporting, and business acumen.
  • Strong leadership qualities or the potential to develop them.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. 
  • Collaborative and able to work seamlessly with other departments.
  • Advanced analytical and quantitative capabilities with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills, capable of communicating complex financial information in an easy to understand format.
  • Fluent in English and Dutch. Other languages, like Spanish or German are a plus.

Are you interested?

If you would like to know more about the position or receive the extended job profile, please contact Cynthia.

Referentie: LIIC06357