Head of Funtional Control

We are now looking for a Head of Functional Control

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 www.sanoma.com!

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

The Head of Functional Control is responsible for managing and developing the controlling of Sanoma Group Functions (e.g.  Finance, HR, Legal, Procurement and Technology) and projects. He/she reports to SVP Group Business Control, works in close cooperation with functional leads of Sanoma as well as Sanoma’s Finance teams and is a member of the Group Business Control Management team.

As Head of Funtional Control you are responsible for:

  • Managing and developing the controlling and governance of Sanoma Group functions, including management reporting as well as long-term plans, budgets and estimates, and ensuring that they are timely and reliable

  • Preparing insightful analysis and management reports

  • Preparing and analysing business cases

  • Proactively supporting and challenging functional heads and their teams in monitoring and achieving business plans and savings initiatives

  • Developing and maintaining efficient internal controls to minimize risks and enhance operational performance

  • Leading the functional controlling team of approx. 5 FTE 

What helps you to succeed?

  • Minimum 5 years in a similar position, preferably in an international organisation

  • Strong communication and presentation skill

  • Strong analytical skills, thoroughness

  • Strong problem identification and resolution skills

  • Results focus, strong leader, well organized and capable to prioritize tasks

  • Proactive attitude to innovation, development and change

  • Fluency in English

  • University degree in financial and business administration or similar

  • Advanced Excel skills, experience of SAP is an advantage

  • Experience within IT environment is a plus

  • Hands-on attitude and working style

What do we offer?

In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, this is an excellent opportunity to take the next step as a finance leader and expand your skills in finance as the role is closely connected to the business and 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 Company’s 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 recruitment.learning@sanoma.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jorrit Rector, SVP Group Business Control (+31623420930 or jorrit.rector@sanoma.com)

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