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- Leads in low carbon, bio-based EcoLactam® products.
- Serves industries like textiles, autos, food packaging, and agriculture.
- Began in 1952 in the Netherlands and joined HSCC in 2018.
- 350 people, tech, and sustainability passion drive Fibrant’s success.
- Emphasizes high-end sustainable products and lasting partnerships.
High-end sustainable products and long-lasting partnerships, that is what our client, Fibrant, stands for. In line with Fibrants’ core values, employees cooperate with suppliers and customers worldwide to create sustainable chemistry. Their people, technology and longstanding passion for sustainability are the critical success factors in achieving Fibrants’ vision.
Fibrants’ story began in 1952, with the opening of the first production facility in The Netherlands. Since 2018 Fibrant is part of HSCC, the world’s largest caprolactam and polyamide 6 supplier in the world with presence in The Netherlands (Geleen), China (Fuzhou and Nanjing) and Singapore. Proud to set the standard in low carbon footprint, bio-based, and circular caprolactam with the introduction of EcoLactam®, their latest generation of products, they are an industry leader in sustainability. Fibrants’ products serve numerous value chains, including textile, automotive, food packaging, and agricultural chains. Connecting with valued business partners, relying on superior and environmentally friendly products. Fibrant has a team of approximately 350 specialists working in The Netherlands, with headquarters in Urmond and the Chemelot site in Geleen.
Fibrant stands for Future forward chemistry, referring not only to innovation and sustainability as critical success factors, but also to the drive and the mindset of employees and business partners. A company with a global reach and entrepreneurial mindset.
Highsun Group (HSCC) is a well-recognized leader in the Asian Polyamide 6 industry. Started in 1984, the family owned company has grown to a €11bn company with ~10,000 employees. The key activities include the production of base chemicals such as Caprolactam and converting this into fibres for the textile industry. Highsun is active in many steps of the Polyamide value chain and acquired Fibrant to strengthen their position in Caprolactam, become a technology leader and have a platform for future M&A in Europe.
Your scope entails the management of the finance & control function of Fibrant B.V. which includes the manufacturing facility in Geleen, The Netherlands. Fibrant B.V. also owns a trading company in Shanghai and an R&D facility in Geleen which is included in your responsibility. You lead a finance team of ~9 FTE and an ICT & Risk management team of ~8 FTE. The finance function of Fibrant B.V. operates on a stand-alone basis with some coordination of the HSCC headquarters in China. The company has dedicated financing in place which needs to be managed by you. The Company is owned through a holding company (Highsun Chemical Holdings B.V.) which is also under your responsibility. This entity prepares annual IFRS consolidated financial statements. In addition, Fibrant B.V. owns minority stakes in for instance several Chemelot related entities. You will be involved in supervising the financial management of these entities. Furthermore heading the Project Management Office may also be part of your scope as CFO.
As a people manager, you will lead by example. You bring energy and new ideas that will optimize the way of working within the team, making sure all capabilities and talents are unleashed in order to become a high performance team. You will professionalize and innovate the financial structures, business information, IT architecture and data analyses. Furthermore, you ensure the business is in control. This also means you challenge peers and your team. The role includes having an end responsibility for accounting, internal and external reporting (IFRS), and consolidation. It also entails focus on business control. You will develop a control and governance framework. As well, you will critically look into the fiscal matters. It is also your responsibility to manage several financial stakeholders, ensuring funds are available. Moreover, you will create cost transparency and drive the company to more efficiency. Another interesting component of your job is to support HSCC in their M&A activities. You will be one of the three statutory directors and member of the Management Team. Together with the Management Team you drive growth and performance of the business. This means that you have a strategic mindset that goes beyond the discipline of finance. You want to understand the ambition of the different functions, and you feel responsible that these combined, thrive the strategy of Fibrant. You will be a trusted sparring partner to the CEO to which you also report. Furthermore you are able to build a good relationship with the Group Finance Team of HSCC in China.
- Manage finance for Fibrant B.V., including Geleen facility, Shanghai trading company, and Geleen R&D.
- Lead finance team and ICT risk management team.
- Oversee dedicated financing, Highsun Chemical Holdings B.V., and IFRS consolidated financial statements.
- Drive financial performance and efficiency, including cost transparency.
- Support HSCC in M&A activities.
- Collaborate with Group Finance Team in China and report to the CEO.
- MBA or Business Economics Master’s, prior Finance Director/CFO experience.
- 10+ years in international manufacturing management.
- Strong IFRS, Dutch GAAP, and capital financing knowledge.
- Expert in process improvement, cost transparency, and IT.
- Collaborative leadership, performance-focused, and strong interpersonal skills.
- Proficient in English, Dutch/Chinese a plus.
A Masters degree in Business Administration or Business Economics and prior experience as a Finance Director or CFO is a must. Apart from a broad financial background at least 10 years of relevant managerial experience and working experience in or for several organizations in preferably the international manufacturing sector, you have excellent connecting skills and you are great scenario thinker. You have a good understanding of IFRS, Dutch GAAP, consolidation and capital financing. Next, you are an experienced sparring partner with a great curiosity in the business.
As well, you have experience with implementing excellent processes, systems and structures to guarantee a boost in cost transparency and operating performance. Moreover, you have a considerable affinity and knowledge of IT.
In addition, your leadership style is collaborative and you know how to build a sustainable performance culture. You have an open and approachable personality with strong interpersonal skills. Furthermore, you are a team-builder and your personal characteristics can be described as sharp, curious and bright. You are proficient in English. Proficiency in Dutch or Chinese is a plus.
Fibrant breathes entrepreneurship, is internationally active and leading in its field of expertise. Fibrant offers a positive work environment with great team spirit. Your input will play a crucial role in leading the organization into the next phase of its life cycle. Accordingly, the remuneration package is substantial.
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