Global VP Finance (m/f/d)


For our client WÜSTHOF we are exclusively looking for a Global VP Finance (m/f/d). This position is an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the further growth of the WÜSTHOF Group globally. The Global Vice President Finance will be hired by WÜSTHOF directly with a permanent contract.  

The new Global Vice President of Finance will be responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects and provide leadership in the administrative and business planning efforts of the Wüsthof Group. S/he will establish a modern controlling that fits the group's business needs and ensure that all records are in order, financial ratios, and exposures are all compliance with regulations, and that the internal audit function is generating the required information for its shareholders. Overseeing and managing accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning, tax optimization and treasury policies, as well as internal controls will be critical parts of the role. Reporting directly to the managing directors, transparency towards its shareholders will be of paramount importance to the position.

Your Key responsibilities include:

  • Accountancy (comply with all reporting, accounting and audit requirements imposed by international regulatory bodies; oversee and ensure the integrity, preparation, review, analysis and timely submission of all financial reports, including profit and loss statements, cash flow statements, and asset valuations and balance sheet; review tax optimization spanning international markets and exchange rates comparisons)
  • Controlling (oversee sales and production controlling, review business plans, forecasting and budgeting, transaction structuring and financial consolidation; risk management; review and give consultative input on price margins to the operating units.)
  • Treasury (monitor the performance of the group, its flow of funds, the adherence to the budget, the expenditures, the income, the cost of sales and other budgetary items)
  • IT Responsibility (manage IT department; coordinate future IT strategy; facilitate and coordinate the sharing of advice and expertise on IT issues)
  • Maintain and further develop strong relationships with banks, financial institutions and capital markets, securing funds for the operations of the company when necessary and the attainment of its development plans.
  • Act as a sparring partner within the Global Executive Team of WÜSTHOF.

In essence, WÜSTHOF is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual with a proven ability to effectively support a medium-sized family business with an iconic brand and bring it to the next level. Equipped with a humble and patient demeanor, s/he will be able to break down complex concepts into "user-friendly" chunks. The role will be based in Solingen, Germany.


Your Profile

The successful candidate will be an accomplished, seasoned executive with expert financial acumen and proven ability to manage and scale a company by effectively overseeing its financial activities. S/he will have had international exposure, but also brings experience from a family-owned/ mid-sized company environment. Experience leading financial strategy within an organization with our entities in the US and Canada is required. Industry experience with tangible products and manufacturing components is a must.

The future incumbent will have a track record of financial accounting and controlling, across international markets. S/he will need to be internationally minded. S/he demonstrates proven capabilities of delivering financial results and optimization. S/he has deal-making experience in a dynamic environment. Ideally, the new GVP Finance worked at an accomplished, well-known accounting/tax firm or investment bank early in her or his career, before embarking on an industry career.

The new GVP Finance will have a passion for and understanding of what the WÜSTHOF brand stands for and will significantly contribute to evolving the business strategically and financially. S/he is known as a strategic thinker with profound expertise regarding risk assessment and financial planning. The GVP Finance must be able to formulate and summarize financial concepts and its business implications in a "user-friendly" way. Additionally, experience in changing and / or implementing a new ERP system is desirable. Furthermore, proficiency in German and English is mandatory as well as excellent knowledge of the German financial regulations. The right candidate should have a relevant finance accounting university degree.

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we highlight the following:

Setting Strategy

  • The ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the global finance organization and the enterprise as a whole.
  • The capability to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization's overall strategy.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry.
  • The ability to effectively balance the need for broad change with the capacity of the organization
  • The ability to set precise and challenging goals and implementation plans while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set precise and challenging goals and implementation plans while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • A risk-taker who seeks data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act transparently and consistently while always taking into account what is best for the organization.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers.
  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of his/her own limitations; leads by example and drives the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

Relationships and Influence

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating vital emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • An ability to inspire trust and followership in others, through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in his/her beliefs, and active drive.
  • Collaborative working style cross-functionally and a strong ability to influence across an organization.
  • Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond his/her own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole.

WÜSTHOF as Employer

WÜSTHOF is one of the most progressive knife manufacturers in the world. Our knives are exported from Solingen, the City of Blades, to 80 countries around the globe - from Reykjavík to Cape Town and from Tokyo to San Francisco. We are proud of our heritage, our tradition of craftsmanship, and the wealth of experience we can look back on.

Together with your experience and engagement, we will grow to the worldwide leading brand for premium-knifes "Made in Germany."

BRIDGING NEIGHBOURS GmbH is exclusive partner for the recruitment of this position. For any kind of question, we kindly ask you to reach out to Laura Fritz-Wilde - Managing Partner, BRIDGING NEIGHBOURS: +49 176 30541665.

Acquisition from external recruitment agencies is not appreciated.