EIT InnoEnergy is the number one innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Creating energy that is sustainable in every sense.
For us, true sustainability also means an industry that is commercially viable, endlessly innovative, and highly competitive. We make this possible by supporting the market adoption of pioneering new innovations, without risk or complexity. From mobility to construction - from renewable energy sources to smarter storage - our commercially attractive innovations are nurtured in EIT InnoEnergy's trusted ecosystem. Since when we were founded in 2010, we have judged over 4500 investment proposals, invested in nearly 450 assets, which have a forecasted revenue of €16 billion. In addition, 1,400 alumni have graduated from our Master and PhD School programmes, many of whom work for prestigious companies such as Tesla, Siemens, Total and own investments like Northvolt. We also bring together 500+ key players from across the energy value chain, from 18 different countries, who have indirect access to 150 million energy consumers. The activities of EIT InnoEnergy are managed through our regional offices located in Benelux, Central Europe, France, Germany, Iberia and Scandinavia.
The Benelux team is led by a CEO and has the following functional areas: Business Creation (investments in start-ups), Innovation (investments in innovation projects in the thematic field of Smart Buildings and Cities), European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC; investments in green hydrogen value chains), Business Development (sales support for our assets), Marketing, and Finance. EIT InnoEnergy operates through a matrix structure.
To support the Benelux Team, we have a job opening for a
Become part of Europe’s largest Sustainable Energy Accelerator and become part of a highly diverse team making a real impact and difference in the Energy Sector.
As member of our Management team in Benelux and of the Finance team on EIT InnoEnergy SE-level, you have the opportunity to lead and further develop our finance and administration structure and processes. Operating in the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg.
EIT InnoEnergy will offer you a thriving environment with a very diverse set of Finance and HR Areas to focus your attention on. As the Financial Controller you will report to the CEO Benelux, manage the junior finance associates, and liaise with other finance colleagues in our 6 regional offices.
Because of the high growth of the Company, there is a strong focus of this role on improvements and making the finance department more professional.
Actively support, assist, and challenge innovation investments and investment proposals on financial and administrative topics at all relevant levels and stakeholders (shareholder, partners, co-investors, etc)
Play an active role in, other than pure financial aspects, of the unit’s business and be a member of the Management Team
Lead, coordinate and manage the financial and administrative processes (incl. HR-Administration and Procurement) and your team. Specifically, these include:
Planning and controlling of the financial resources/cash of EIT InnoEnergy Benelux
Manage and coordinate the monthly accounting, the unit’s planning, forecasting, and target setting process
Monthly and Quarterly management reporting, incl. financial-, regulatory- and funding information
Strong involvement in the business and commercial processes, including contract review, pricing, and profitability calculations
Support in daily operations; including performance analyses and improvement initiatives
Develop and maintain operating procedures
Support and manage the effective use of tools
Ensure compliance with legislative, funding, procurement, and corporate requirements
Lead 2 direct reports
You are an ambitious, eager, and talented finance professional with a solid technical accounting background and stakeholder management. You enjoy an international and diverse setting and drive continuous improvement. You can create structure where needed and have a pragmatic & hands-on attitude. You have a stable, strong presence, and are able to challenge, coach & train colleagues and argument your case on different levels. You are agile and have a high degree of flexibility and adaptability.
Skills and Experience
Bachelor or Master’s degree in Finance & Accounting, minimum of 5 years of progressive accounting experience.
Understanding of financing in the European research funding arena (H2020) is a plus
Entrepreneurial spirit, customer, and solution oriented
Several years of people management experience, ideally in multinational environments
Analytical, diligent, structured and systematic
Ready and capable to develop a distinct sense of responsibility for the affairs of EIT InnoEnergy
Positive attitude, customer centric mind-set and willingness to go the extra mile to meet organisational goals Independent and self-driven
A broad business appreciation and willingness to become involved in aspects of the business beyond financial management
Hands-on, team player
You have excellent communication skills in both Dutch and English
Willingness to travel (moderately) domestic and international
This position is based in EIT InnoEnergy’s office in Eindhoven or any other co-location. An EU valid work permit is required. Due to the nature of the position and respecting our DIE policy a Belgian national has our preference.
Working at the forefront of changing our world into a sustainable world
An exciting and energizing environment
An excellent remuneration package Salary/ Bonus/ Pension & leave scheme/ flexible work environment
Room for personal development
For more information about this exciting opportunity, you can contact Mike Ruigrok (Human Resources) via 06-10896180.
At EIT Innoenergy we are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our dedicated talents, start-ups, scale ups, external stakeholders and shareholders contribute to a unique ecosystem and different perspectives because of these diverse attributes.
To build a sustainable, long-lasting operational framework amongst the three actors of the knowledge triangle in the energy sector: industry, research, and higher education, while ensuring that the integration of the three is more efficient and has a higher impact on innovation (talent, technology, companies) than the three standing alone.
To become the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy.
Pan-European: We cover and capitalise the fascinating diversity of Europe.
Integrative: We ceaselessly co-operate, integrate, synthesise, melt, and merge.
Entrepreneurial: It’s in EIT InnoEnergy’s DNA to be entrepreneurs for sustainability.
Impact-oriented: Everything we do is directed to create the maximum impact.
Excellence-driven: We thrive to be the best, work with and create the best impact.
Visionary: We dare to be visionary, to think beyond boundaries, to scrutinise rules.
Passionate: We are bursting to develop cutting-edge-solutions & optimum results.
Sustainable: We are here to stay. We care and work for the energy-future of Europe.