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Head of Finance - Luxembourg

Company:  Certas Retail Ireland
Req ID:  5635
Salary:  Not Disclosed

Drogheda, IE, A92 T803

Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  05-Jan-2023

Principal Objectives of Role

Reporting directly to the Finance Director, a key member of a high performing finance team you will be responsible for the accounting, day to day financial management, reconciliation and analysis of the fuel card and retail businesses in Luxembourg.  Preparation of monthly, quarterly and year-end reporting, control and ownership of Balance sheet and P&L statements.

Key Areas of Accountability


Financial Management & Reporting

  • Monthly financial reporting, management accounts preparation and assist with statutory accounts preparation within internal timeframes.
  • Preparation of a management reporting pack with analysis and commentary on KPI’s, for internal management decision making purposes.
  • Preparation of reconciliations and journal postings for the monthly management accounts.
  • Ongoing working capital, cash flow and overhead management.
  • Ongoing analysis and review of business performance, including recommendations on how to drive commercial improvements within the business.
  • Liaising with our Commercial & Operations Departments in Luxembourg and supporting them with financial analysis of their business.
  • Ongoing analysis and review volumes and margins, including recommendations on how to drive commercial improvements within the business.


Financial Control & Risk Management

  • Management and oversight of annual internal and external audits ensuring on time completion and reporting to DCC plc.
  • Co-ordination of the preparation of all statutory and tax reporting and filing including VAT, Excise Duty, Payroll and Corporation tax.
  • Management of the transfer price agreements.
  • Management of the internal control environment to ensure it is in line with DCC plc guidelines and best practice.
  • Co-ordination and preparation of the month end reporting file in line with the DCC plc internal control framework.
  • Working capital, cash flow and overhead management and optimisation.
  • Working closely with the central operations team (i.e., AP, AR, Treasury, Stock & Logistics) to ensure processes are operating effectively.
  • Working closely with the DCC Group functions to ensure all DCC requirements are met.
  • Management of FX exposure in Luxembourg.
  • Oversight of daily payments and receipts to ensure transactions are processed accurately and on a timely basis.
  • Fuel supplier relationship management (financial & operational issues).
  • Management of our fuel contract management system.
  • Assist in areas of risk management and compliance and liaise closely with external auditors.
  • Working closely with the central operations teams (i.e., AP, AR, Treasury, Stock & Logistics) to ensure processes are operating effectively.


Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Driving the weekly, monthly, and annual budget and forecasting process in line with DCC requirements.
  • Review actual performance against budgets & forecasts and report variances on a per customer basis.
  • Drive the annual 3 Year Plan along with senior management team.


Commercial Support

  • Financial support and analysis of business development initiatives.
  • Preparation and submission of capital expenditure requests in line with DCC plc requirements.
  • Financial support for customer contracts.
  • Benchmarking of financial performance against external measures.
  • Finance support for any acquisition activity.



  • Develop an in depth understanding of the key processes within the SAP system.
  • Support the Finance Director on ad hoc projects as and when required.
  • Interaction with external/internal parties including customers, auditors and DCC Group Compliance teams.
  • Keep up to date on relevant accounting issues that may impact on this business.
  • Perform role in line with all DCC Group HSE and other corporate policies.
  • Team management and training of junior team members.

Qualifications & Experience



  • Qualified accountant with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a finance & accounting team.



  • Experience gained with a Big-4 firm an asset
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, time management and presentation skills
  • Experience in the energy industry desirable
  • Proficient with Microsoft products
  • Experience of SAP an advantage
  • French or German speaker an advantage


Essential Competencies


  • Excellent attention to detail with an ability and willingness to work in the detail and take a hands-on approach
  • Positive, can-do attitude, displaying a high level of commitment & motivation
  • Demonstrates a desire to grow and undertake additional responsibilities
  • Capable of working on own initiative
  • Highly organised with the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • Demonstrates articulate and professional communication style across all levels of the organisation
  • Demonstrates high levels of personal and professional standards
  • Possesses strong financial acumen
  • Ability to build strong business relationships across different cultures and business areas


Other Requirements


  • Willing to travel on business trips when required


This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or that may be required to do either now or in the future.


About Certas Energy Retail Europe & DCC plc


Certas Energy Retail Europe supports a network of more than 1000 retail forecourts across 5 European countries: France, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, and Luxembourg. From our Central Operations Hub based in Drogheda, we provide Finance, Pricing, IT and Procurement functions for each of the countries. The focus for the in-country team is site operations and network development. Energy transition is at the top of our agenda as we believe our sites are well positioned to enable decarbonisation in mobility.



We are a wholly owned subsidiary of DCC plc. DCC plc is one of Ireland’s most successful organisations, headquartered in Dublin, and operating across three divisions Energy, Healthcare and Technology. DCC plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100. With annual sales of approx. €18 billion, it currently operates in 21 countries spanned over 3 continents, DCC employs more than 15,000 people around the globe. Being a part of our parent company means that while we retain the agility and local resonance of a smaller organisation, we also benefit from the strength and scale of our parent company.


Certas Energy Retail Europe is an Equal Opportunities Employer