Controlling Manager (M/F/D)

Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Information Technology

Main missions:    


The Controlling Manager will support finance missions by managing the local controlling activities and support costing.

The Controlling Manager is to be a trustful partner for the business, clients and top management, providing key insights into the activity and meaningful advice to help steer the business.


The objectives are to:

  • Bring fast business insights to key decision makers in the Group Operations (GO) organization

  • Track, assess and report performance of the GO organization

  • Enable day-to-day operations by monitoring budgets and cost through standard workflow processes

  • Be the financial partner for the Belgian entities. Create trust by providing timely, transparent, and adapted information

  • Contribute to a solid operations and accounting foundation


Main activities of the position include:


  • Managing budget & forecast processes at local level to achieve data quality and timely submissions to group as well as providing insights about key variances and evolutions to internal stakeholders.

  • Ensuring adequate tools and processes are in place to achieve desired objectives.

  • Producing key business drivers and proposing recommendations to achieve higher performance levels

  • Providing regular analysis of actuals vs budget variances to group and senior leadership

  • Supporting operational senior leadership with Finance inputs or ad hoc analysis as needed

  • Promoting good communication and trust with clients through governance and reports

  • Initiating and participating in dialogue about financial outcomes of client relationship

  • Ensuring compliance with AXA Group Financial standards

  • Supervise implementation of product pricing / costing models at a local level

  • Challenge both finance and operational teams, that could be under direct or matrix management, to provide the best analysis and decision proposals to the local management and global finance team.

  • Deciding on investment strategy by:

    • Validating the value creation for AXA Group (Business Cases, Appropriation Requests …)

    • Considering cash and liquidity risks


The new group operations organization requires a new and strong focus on the controlling side. The implementation of a structured tool, Anaplan, the new matrix (product/market) of responsibilities at the operational level also requires a finance candidate with particular track record in controlling and budgeting.



Education and experience

  • Master’s degree (or Phd) in Business Administration, Industrial Management, Engineering, Finance, Economics

  • At least 5 years of experience in controlling

Hard skills

  • Financial skills, understanding of business economics, business case foundations

  • Proven experience in efficiency monitoring, business transformation & complex business cases construction

  • Excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods

  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills, able to work with details while making quick synthesis and C-level summaries through an 80-20 approach

  • High level understanding of IT service delivery, able to be credible speaker also in front of technical audiences (while not deep diving into technical aspects)

  • Understanding of HR processes and communication channels with worker councils (what, when, how) with specific understanding of French environments

  • Fluent in English and German 


Soft skills

  • Leadership skills and abilities for team management

  • Strong managerial skills, able to monitor, drive and motivate a local competent team and be inspiring for them. Ability to develop and empower people

  • Able to have peer relation in front of senior executives, excellent oral and written communication, presentation & negotiation skills and relationship building and relationship management skills

  • Strategic vision, ability to think out of the box and put in perspective short and long term

  • Dynamic and entrepreneurial, capable of influencing decision making at the highest levels of prospective business organizations

  • High confidentiality is a must, able to adapt speech and level of discussions with multiple counterparts, deciding in autonomy content and format of appropriate communication line

  • Ability to work in a matrix environment, influence stakeholders and solve conflicts effectively at all levels of the organization

Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our mission of acting for human progress by protecting what matters? Here at AXA we strive to be a responsible employer, placing employee engagement at the heart of its business strategy. Achieving this means creating a workplace built on AXA's Values that foster diversity and equal opportunities for all, promotes employee participation, encourages professional development, and supports employee well-being.

We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.

In a fast-evolving world and with a presence in 57 countries, our 160,000 employees anticipate change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of our 108 million customers.

AXA is becoming a sustainable tech-led company and at AXA Group Operations we are one of the major catalysts for this transformation. 

We set the tone by triggering and empowering the evolution of our insurance business model through technology and innovation, driving its concrete implementation globally at speed, with a high quality of advisory and execution.

We are present across 17 countries with committed, highly qualified teams. We leverage technology, data, sourcing, security and investment allocation in a global way, but also achieve economies of scale and synergies when necessary.

At AXA Group Operations, we want to be recognized in three fields of action:

  • State-of-the-art Data Technology to drive customer experience
  • State-of-the-art Procurement & Sourcing to drive efficiency and better manage risks
  • High-Performing Global Team for stronger partnerships with AXA entities 

We bring together the expertise, cultural diversity and creativity of over 8,000 employees worldwide and we’re committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of employment (gender, LGBT+, disabled persons, or people of different origins) and to promoting Diversity & Inclusion by creating a work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect, and where individual differences are valued.