Senior Business Controller


Barentz is an international global life science ingredients distributor, headquartered in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. They source complementary ingredients, formulate custom products and apply their market- and technological knowledge. Driven by the powerful blend of entrepreneurship, partnership and knowledge they collaborate with their principals and customers to create and deliver ‘Always a better solution’ on a global- or local scale. With a global team of more than 2500 employees they have successfully grown 257% in revenue over the past four years. They are present in more than 65 countries located in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North/Central/South America and the Asian Pacific area is their emerging market. The current business focusses lie in Human Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Performance Materials and Animal Nutrition. 

The job profile

As Barentz is transforming and continuing to grow consistently they are looking for an ambitious right hand to Director Business Control Esmee van Huffel. Due to the global scale we are looking for a critical business partner to drive performance, further improve the P&C cycle and act as a sounding board in functional and operational matters. You support the overall financial planning process for the Global Functions which includes preparing for and supporting business review meetings, analysing forecasts and performing risk analysis. Furthermore your focus lies in managing the financial responsibility for global General & Administrative costs (G&A) incl. global IT projects and other overhead costs. When acquisitions have been made you take on the financial post merger integration process. Shaping a future proof IT landscape is one of the key factors of the continued growth perspective and therefore you are the Business Partner to the CIO for IT topics that cross with Finance. The ambitious team works together in an energetic and dynamic environment  managing close ties with stakeholders. You identify patterns, trends, risk and opportunities and provide actionable insights to your colleagues in the business, management team and the board. Humour is a strong driver of the team’s spirit.

“This is the place where you are able to impact the business like the direction of a small vessel rather than a mammoth tanker”

The ideal candidate

We are looking for an ambitious professional who treasures a steep learning curve and is focussed on long term growth within one organisation. Becoming successful as Business Controller at the headquarters of Barentz requires a positive and proactive approach to improving processes and problem-solving. Despite being a matrix organisation the ties are close and therefore strong stakeholder management skills are essential for this role. You recognize yourself in building pleasant, trustful and professional relationships and navigate in priority setting. Furthermore you need to be highly analytical and have a high business acumen.


  • Masters degree in Economics, Finance, Econometrics or Business Administration; a desire to follow an RC (or already finished) program would be a plus;
  • 5 - 10 years of experience in a corporate finance environment, preferably within a multinational, matrix-structured European based company;
  • Proven track record in building financial models and creating financial reports and dashboards that provide business insights and help drive decision-making;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience in a life sciences company a plus.

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