Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients and performance materials distributor with an accelerated growth trajectory built on organic and buy-and-build growth. The Finance Lead is the thought partner to business leaders in the Human and Animal Nutrition division, bringing the financial insights and data as well as leading the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) for the divisions.

About Barentz

Founded in the Netherlands in 1953, Barentz grew from a distributor of nutritional products for one supplier to a leading provider in the global market of performance materials and ingredients for human nutrition, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and animal nutrition, working with more than a thousand supplies and serving over 25,000 customers. The company has built an incredible reputation for solid, lasting partnerships—still working with its first supplier from the fifties—as well as its technical and market expertise.

The strategic investment in Barentz by private equity firm Cinven in 2019 gave the company the platform and expertise to accelerate its global expansion. Since then, Barentz has acquired more than a dozen distributors to deliver on its ambitious plans. The result is a fast and balanced growth trajectory of double-digit organic and acquisition-driven revenue growth, leading to a turnover of 2.5 billion euros in 2022. Human nutrition is Barentz’s largest division and, together with the Animal Nutrition division, accounts for around forty percent of the company’s business results.

Barentz is an exceptionally flat organization with short reporting lines for an enterprise of its size. The value-driven culture attracts entrepreneurial people who strive for impact in the adaptive, fast-growing company as one global team of 2,600 employees.

Vacancy: Finance Lead for Human and Animal Nutrition

The Finance Lead provides financial insights and data to help the Human and Animal Nutrition business leaders define and drive their division strategy, is a critical business partner who helps identify growth opportunities and areas for improvement, and manages the FP&A for the divisions. The required data and insights are the output of the data science platform and data analytics the Finance Lead is responsible for. As part of the global business control team, they also drive global improvement projects and the strategic planning cycle.

“We are looking for a thought partner for the business. The Finance Lead role is not merely about reporting; it is about helping leaders understand where the business is going and how it can grow.” – Esmee van Huffel-Blom, Director of Group Business Control

In the first year, the Finance Lead focuses on creating value for the Human and Animal Nutrition divisions and beyond. They will implement optimized pricing based on data and financial and business insights. In their capacity as business controllers, they identify untapped value opportunities with the business leaders and create synergies through the integration of processes.

The Finance Lead reports to the Director of Group Business Control and builds successful partnerships with other leaders in Barentz’s matrix organization. They work from the company’s global headquarters in Hoofddorp.

The flat, agile organization values hard work and initiative, yet ensures a healthy work-life balance. Successful integration into the company culture requires the ability to take initiative while staying grounded and collaborative. This is an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable, hands-on finance professional eager to impact the future of this fast-growing global company.


  • Over 8 years of experience
  • In commercial finance positions steering the business with financial insights
  • In a B2B multinational and/or in a factory-driven business
  • Pro-active, hands-on, and grounded
  • Fluent in English


Barentz is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.

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