Assistant Financial Controller - DACH Region

Ref#: 15372

Function: Finance

Location: Canada, ON, Waterloo

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OpenText enables the digital world as the global leader in Enterprise Information Management, both on premises or in the cloud. We embrace all things digital and are committed to being the Best Place to Work for our Employees in over 140 locations around the world.

We obsess over our customers to ensure they are wildly successful in embracing the Digital World. Our customers entrust us with their most important information, we need to be their most trusted partner. What we do, we do well. What we create, we do purposefully to impact the world. If you believe in this and are passionate about enabling the Digital World then let OpenText turn your career vision into reality.

The Opportunity:
As a key member of the Controllership team reporting to the Director EMEA Controller, the Assistant Financial Controller will be responsible for the Controllership functions of the “DACH” European entities (regions under scope of responsibility include Germany, Austria & Switzerland). 

The Controllership group supports the assurance of accuracy and completeness of the monthly US GAAP financial results at the legal entity level, and is responsible for all legal entity statutory, financial compliance, corporate reporting according to local country GAAP, and audit requirements. The Controllership group will represent Finance and support the tax and legal teams in the execution of financial matters and initiatives.

You are great at: 
The Assistant Financial Controller is responsible for the Controllership requirements for the particular legal entities, in addition to supporting the US GAAP close.

  • Responsible for the US GAAP close for the particular legal entities
  • Perform analytical review of period end financial results
  • Respond to monthly questions from management on the balance sheet and P&L review
  • Review monthly account reconciliations and liaison with Accounting Services (AR, AP, Order Entry, Payroll) and Corporate Accounting to ensure the accuracy of financial information for internal and external reporting
  • Responsible for statutory financial reporting 
  • Prepare legal entity financial statements in accordance with local country GAAP
  • Maintain reconciliation between US GAAP and local country GAAP, and document local country GAAP adjustments
  • Prepare working schedules and reconciliations for the external auditors
  • Provide support during statutory audits as part of the interim field work audit and year-end review process
  • Ensure local statistical filings are completed and submitted on time
  • Ensure timely filing of the statutory financial statements with the local commercial register 
  • Provides general support and information to the business as requested
  • Provide assistance for ad-hoc reporting and analysis as required 
  • Monthly, quarterly, and annual VAT reporting and compliance, VAT audits
  • Responsible for providing support to the tax team as needed
  • Support the tax group in the preparation of the annual tax return
  • Provide support material for tax compliance requirements
  • Provide support for period end tax kits / tax MRPs / TIP (year-end)
  • Assist with income tax audits
  • Provides support for new acquisitions
  • Participates in any post acquisition integration activities for EMEA entities
  • Support legal entity restructuring steps
  • Assist with entity system migration
  • Monitor the project plan
  • Assist with GL migrations
  • Participates in migration meetings and conference calls when required
  • Assist with special projects as required 

What it takes:

  • 8+ years of related finance and accounting experience, preferably in a technology company.
  • Strong knowledge of HGB is a requirement. An understanding of US GAAP, IFRS & any other local GAAP knowledge is an asset.
  • Detail, deadline and results oriented with strong analytical skills.
  • Proven self-starter with proven ability to work independently and balance multiple tasks of competing priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; capable of communicating in professional and courteous manner with peers, customers, vendors and management.
  • Excellent oral and written English & German communication skills. European language skills are considered a major asset. 
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, with advanced Excel skills.
  • Experience in SAP, Great Plains, Oracle and BPC is an asset.

At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire the best talent regardless of sex, national origin, disability or race. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process please email

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