Finance Controller

Permanent Position Shanghai
23 Jan 2017
Expires on 31 Mar 2017

Company Description

The leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, it has more than 13,000 people operating from over 400 offices across 58 countries. In China, it has offices in Shanghai (41), Beijing (15) and Guangzhou (7). Current headcount in each office is shown in brackets.

Posted by

Chris Zhang


86 159 2199 3753


Job Description

The Financial Controller, China is responsible for directing the finance and accounting functions of our
offices in China.

This position will ensure the financial integrity of the general ledger, routine and ad hoc reporting, a
strong internal control environment and compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements.

Key responsibilities include actively monitoring cash flow, maximising reporting capabilities of the new
invoicing system, and adding a layer of interpretation and analysis to reports produced by the Finance

This position calls for excellent soft skills, in particular the ability to work collegially with other depts with
diplomacy and tact.


Financial Accounting
   Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Company’s accounting records and financial systems in China.
Responsibility for all journals and final GL balances including review of month end balance sheet
   reconciliations and control accounts.
Ensure smooth running of Kingdee and CIS (invoicing system) throughout China.
Manage third party CPA who maintains local statutory books.
   Production of statutory accounts for the Company and its branches in accordance with the relevant
   accounting principles, laws and regulations.

Management Accounting
 Ensure the preparation of timely and accurate monthly management accounts and reports for
    operational management.
 Closely monitor operating and financial results in China against budget and prior year, report variances
    against budget and prior year, and respond appropriately.
 Produce routine and ad hoc reports in a timely manner to assist management in monitoring and
    controlling the business.
 Continuously strive to improve the quality of our reports, ensure they are always relevant to the needs
    of management.
 Liaise with division heads and senior management in China offices for analysis and reporting.

Budgets and Forecasts
 Preparation of budgets, forecasts and business plans and continued monitoring & review of
     performance against them to enable robust reporting of variances to management.
 Monitor financial results against plans and budgets.
 Monitor and control working capital with rigorous cash flow forecasting to ensure the cash flow needs of
    the business are met in China.
 Coordinate with Hong Kong Finance Dept on timely capital injections and shareholder loans.
 Oversee debt collection process, and flag up collectibility problems with fee earners on a timely basis.
 Establish and maintain excellent relations with our bankers.
Risk & Compliance
 Active management of costs whilst seeking out areas for efficiencies and savings.
 Review and update, in line with good practice, the Company’s internal control environment and policies
   and procedures; continuously enhance efficiency and effectiveness of processes and controls.
 Assist the Group Financial Controller, Greater China and COO, Greater China in periodic internal audits
   to review the effectiveness of internal controls covering financial, operational & compliance areas in all
   China offices.
 Play an active role in assisting management in the risk assessment process and embedding a risk
   management culture throughout the organisation.
 Ensure corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

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