Financial Controller

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Financial Controller

Are you an excellent financial controller with great attention to detail? Are you a self-starter and teamplayer with great affinity for numbers? Do you want to be in control? 

Join our mission!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation, our locations in Utrecht or Venray or remote from the comfort of your own home office  
Domain: Finance
ExperienceMinimum 3 years of experience within a similar role or within a Big 4 / 2nd tier audit firm
Degree: Min. Bachelor or Master (accounting, economics, controlling)

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as Financial Controller at Lightyear?
As a financial controller, you’ll become part of the Finance Circle and you contribute to being “in control”. You will be a vital part of the accounting and control triangle, which is the beating heart of the financial organization. We enable the recording of all activities and transactions (accurate & timely, complete and verifiable). We make sure that this complies with internal and external rules and regulations. You are the right hand of the head of accounting and you work closely together on a day-to-day basis. While being part of this team it’s up to you, consider it your personal mission to: 

Deal with finance, accounting, production, marketing, personnel, and operations to ensure that our business is profitable and there are proper internal controls.  

At Lightyear, we work with the highest standard of compliance so that it conforms to all rules and regulations.

Although your role will be quite fluid, formally it’ll be focused on:
  • Responsible for the monthly financial closing, and executing the activities following the checklist.
  • Prepare and post various accounting and adjusting entries during the month.
  • Balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Capex process and fixed asset register maintenance.
  • Build up internal control framework together with the Head of Accounting.
  • Participate actively in various audits (statutory audit, financial due diligence and subsidy audits).
  • Support the team on day-to-day matters.
  • Support the business in various improvement projects.

A day as a Financial Controller
Let's start by saying Lightyear is very flexible in terms of your working hours, we offer near-full remote working with any office equipment we need to work ergonomically (and a work-at-home budget to upgrade your internet). If needed, or desired, you can spend your working time at our modern office at the Automotive Campus close to Helmond (travel allowance included), or at our satellite offices in Utrecht or Venray. Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, fresh fruit, and experience the buzz of the office and our labs.

Imaginably, working as a Financial Controller at Lightyear is exciting, but what can a day look like?

So, let's assume it's Tuesday, you chose to come to our office and the first thing you do is grab your favorite wake-up drink before rolling into the first meeting of your day: the daily stand-up with the finance team. You and the team discuss major milestones, align everyone's plans for today and receive updates from the CFO on the latest funding round. Next, you provide accurate and timely company records by managing the accounting function.

After a nice lunch in the campus restaurant, you quickly grab a banana from the fruit box and go for a stroll in the park in front of our office with a few colleagues. During walks like these, it's not all about work. You talk about your plans for the weekend, and you decide to hang out and do some mountain biking together. After the stroll, you focus on managing the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results.

Lastly, you own the financial close process and produce financial statements and reports to guide decision-making.

After this, you decide you want a rematch on last week and challenge your colleague for a table tennis match during your well-deserved Friday afternoon drink. This is one of the fun activities our happiness team comes up with! All in all, being a Financial Controller at Lightyear is an exciting job!

What do we expect from our Financial Controller?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for someone with an ambitious attitude who learns from the past but who is especially open to transforming new developments or ideas into the ‘tried and tested’ of the future! You thrive on working team-based, but working independently shouldn’t be an issue. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone with:

  • Min. Bachelor or Master (accounting, economics, controlling).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience within a similar role or within a Big 4 / 2nd tier audit firm.
  • Additional work experience in a manufacturing company is a strong advantage.
  • Strong accounting skills (think in Journal Entries).
  • Expert in the use of Excel.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience with Infor LN is a strong plus.
  • Experience in and/or trained in Lean/continuous improvement.
  • excellent communication skills in English, Dutch is a pre.
  • A 100% match between our core values and your values as a person.
  • Mission-driven and eager to deliver the change.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role with career opportunities within this domain
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive, and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks
About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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