We are looking for a Finance Lead Formulated Solutions EMEA to join our Finance team based in Wolvega/ Steenwijk, Netherlands.

About Barentz

Barentz is a leading global life science and specialty performance ingredients distributor. The company sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredient experts provide value-added technical support which includes pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation, and ingredient testing from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 70 countries with a strong presence in Europe and North America and a rapidly growing network in Latin America and Asia-Pacific. With a turnover of €2.5 billion, the company employs over 2,600 people worldwide and serves over 25,000 customers. For more information, visit: www.barentz.com.

About this role

Job Purpose

This role provides overall direction for all processes and teams associated with financial processes of the formulated solutions facilities in EMEA (Vitablend, Maustepalvelu, Royal Polak, and De Weerd Specerijen) by developing a short/mid-term financial strategy, delivering financial reports, improving, and aligning policies and processes, and leading senior managers to ensure the financial strategy is implemented effectively. The job holder is also the Financial Business Partner VP Formulated Solutions and the Global Commercial Director Vitablend.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Direct the finance teams from a commercial and cost control perspective in a manner consistent with the organizational policies and values.
  • Direct, manage, align, and coordinate Financial Reporting, planning, and budgeting for the Formulated Solutions facilities.
  • Prepare and manage budgets for multiple locations, including forecasting and monitoring budget performance.
  • Measure and assess monthly, quarterly, and annual financial performance and recommend and institute course corrections ensuring attainment of annual targets and goals.
  • Utilize financial metrics to improve financial performance.
  • Provide financial leadership and support to business leaders across multiple locations, so Support and Partner with General, Commercial, and Production Leadership.
  • Promote an environment of Continuous Improvement.
  • Ensure timely and accurate preparation of financial statements and reports for the Formulated Solutions Facilities.
  • Monitor and manage cash flow, Working Capital, and Key Financial metrics (CCC, DSO, DPO, and DIO) and ensure that the company has sufficient resources to meet its obligations.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws/accounting principles and regulations, including tax laws and financial reporting requirements.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including banks, auditors, and government agencies when applicable.
  • Manage the finance teams of the involved facilities, providing coaching and development opportunities to ensure their professional growth.
  • Drive improvement programs within the financial and data domain


Critical results

Provides business direction for all General & Corporate financial processes, such as Commercial Control; Sales order processing; Financial check; Payment procedure; commission; Stock replenishment; Financial Control; Financial Planning & Analysis; Net Working Capital, and Key Financial metrics (CCC, DSO, DPO and DIO), Cash flow; Investment Management (CAPEX | OPEX); Tax; Insurance; Treasury; Internal control; Budgeting and forecasting.

About You

Education / Experience

  • Master’s degree in finance.
  • 7 or more years of experience in relevant field or related management experience
  • Experience in a multi-country organization
  • Experience in a production environment is essential.


  • Manages a department that includes multiple local teams led by Managers and/or Team Leaders.
  • Ownership of the execution of functional strategy and the operational direction of the Department.
  • Problems faced are often complex and require extensive investigation and analysis.
  • Requires the ability to influence others to accept practices and approaches, and the ability to communicate and influence executive leadership.

Key behavioural criteria

  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong understanding of financial systems and processes, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.
  • Knowledge of financial laws/accounting principles and regulations, including tax laws.
  • Familiarity with local financial reporting requirements and tax laws.
  • Experience managing finance teams across multiple locations.

Key interdependencies

  • Executive leadership (CM)
  • Finance Director, Head of Group Business Control
  • Human resources (CM / external consultants)
  • Regional CFO
  • Head of Finance Human Nutrition
  • Regional business Managers (e.g., Sales, Supply Chain)
  • Local Quality, Sales, Supply Chain, Customer Service, and IT

Why Barentz?

Barentz is a fast-growing organization with an open culture and short lines of communication. We offer you the freedom and opportunity to operate independently within the set objectives and frameworks. Barentz is looking for employees who are creative, independent, and energetic and like to take on challenges. You like to work in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment, which requires a high degree of flexibility.

  • Competitive package including 27 days annual leave + bonus structure.
  • An inspiring multinational company in a fast-growing and innovative business
  • Commuting allowance, up to 50 Kilometers one way
  • Flexible and hybrid working environment.
  • Fringe benefits like private health care, private pension schemes, company Fitness scheme, etc.


If you feel excited reading the above and want to join our journey, please send your resume and application letter, both in English, by using the below apply button. Any questions regarding this position, don't hesitate to get in touch with jill.lan@barentz.com.

Job ID: No.108