Business Controller

We are now looking for a Business Controller

Sanoma is an innovative and agile learning and media company impacting the lives of millions every day. Our learning products and services enable teachers to develop the talents of every child to reach their full potential. We offer printed and digital course materials as well as digital learning and teaching platforms for primary, secondary and vocational education, and want to continue to grow our business across Europe. Our Finnish media business provides independent journalism and engaging entertainment and will also do so for generations to come. Our unique cross-media position offers the widest reach and tailored marketing solutions for our business partners. Our 2021 net sales totaled EUR 1.3 billion and we employ approximately 4,800 professionals. Sanoma shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. More information is available at!

Group Business Control is positioned at the center of the European organization and provides business support, financial services and insights to Sanoma Learning, Sanoma Media Finland and the entire Sanoma Group. Sanoma’s Group Business Control function includes Business Control, Functional Control and M&A Finance

Your role

TThis role will report to Head of Functional Control, has a strong project controlling emphasis at the start and will develop to an integral part of the business controlling activities in the Functional control team. The various projects reflect the growth of the Sanoma Learning business, ranging from strategic level to operative projects.

As Business Controller you are responsible for:

  • Forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning

  • Business controlling activities (closing, reporting, fixed assets mgmt)

  • Develop group-wide finance processes for project cost controlling and project cost reporting

  • Execute and further develop control framework for project management

  • Participate in several program level PMO and SteerCo meetings as a project finance representative

  • Harmonize project approval and budgeting approaches

  • Monthly closing and reporting activities

  • Being a finance expert in finance development projects

  • Process and reporting development

  • Contributing to transfer pricing compliance and internal invoicing

What helps you to succeed?

  • Degree in Business Administration or Finance related subjects

  • Excellent, proven financial management and communication skills

  • Proactive attitude to controlling, development and change management

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Good problem identification and solving skills

  • Ability to operate in a matrixed organization with stakeholders in multiple locations, different business units and various corporate functions

  • Service-minded with good ability to create relations

  • Adaptability to changing objectives and priorities, multitasking capability

  • Initiative taking with a global and positive mindset

  • Fluency in English

The candidate has minimum 5 years working experience with similar tasks and responsibilities in a demanding business controller role in an international company or/and background in advisory services.

We are looking for a person who is energetic, equipped with high integrity, a teamplayer and has a strategic mindset.

What do we offer?

In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, this is an excellent opportunity to take the next step as a business controller and expand your skills in finance as the role is closely connected to the various finance disciplines like business control, financial accounting, M&A, tax and finance development. In addition to your own team and business stakeholders, you will work closely with the entire Group Finance, local business units and group companies. In a fast-paced environment your initiatives are appreciated. We encourage you to co-operate and learn, also through our Sanoma Finance Academy, to get a comprehensive view of the finance activities in the heart of international business.


The position will be based in one of the Sanoma Group locations (Finland or The Netherlands preferred). We have a flexible hybrid way of working. Depending on the location travel might be required.


Please send your online application, including salary request and CV in English by March 14th, 2022 to For more information about the role, please contact Jenni Heino, Head of Functional Control (+358505450359, Finland), or Jorrit Rector, SVP Group Business Control (+31623420930, The Netherlands).

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