BRU – Finance Business Partner Handling

Aviapartner is one of the leading European independent providers of ground handling services employing more than 1.300 people at the Belgian airports and in total around 6000 staff across 37 airports in 6 European countries. Aviapartner handles 1 million tons of cargo each year and serves needs of 30 million passengers in a wide range of services to over 400 passenger and cargo airlines.

Aviapartner puts customers first. Safety, quality, collegiality, creativity and the will to be the best. That’s what Aviapartner stand for!

As a Finance Business Partner in this role, you will focus on all ‘handling’ business activities (i.e. all business on ‘passenger’ side, as opposed to ‘cargo’ side) primarily at Brussels National Airport (BRU), but also at Aviapartner’s Handling operations at Antwerp Airport (ANR) and Ostend Airport (OST).

What are your responsibilities? (summarized)
  • Financial support
    • Prepare yearly budgets BRU-handling, ANR and OST stations
    • Prepare quarterly reforecasts BRU-handling, ANR and OST stations
    • Monthly closings BRU-handling, ANR and OST stations
    • Give guidance to the accounting team and reconcile management reporting with statutory accounts
  • Operational and commercial analytical support
    • Share and comment monthly financial information during management meetings
    • Verify the accuracy of management information, detect trends and identify threats
    • Challenge operations management and find cost reduction opportunities
    • Produce costing and profitability analyses and contract post calculations to support operational and commercial decisions (contract renewals, new opportunities)
    • Collect data and produce ad hoc in-depth analyses to help drive, quantify and track the financial impact of local operational improvement initiatives
    • Prepare and present quarterly works council reports
  • Customer Billing
    • Supervise and coordinate customer invoicing team (5 people)
    • Responsible for invoicing to customers (airlines) of all handling activities at BRU, ANR, OST
    • Focus on maximum efficiency, fast cash collection and minimizing the number of credit notes
  • Supplier contracts
    • Monitor, update and optimize the invoice approval flows
    • Verify based on sampling that invoices are in line with contractual rates and conditions
    • Validate price increases (CPI)
    • Check concession fees
  • Ad hoc projects (e.g. develop business plans new services / ventures)
You will report to the Station Director BRU Handling

What should be your personal background?
  • Bachelor and/or Master in Finance, or equivalence by experience
  • Minimum 4-6 years of Finance generalist experience
  • Former experience in financial controlling / auditing / budgeting is a plus
  • Former experience in transport, logistics is a plus. Evidently, former experience in the aviation industry would be a major advantage
  • Proven people management skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Fluency in Dutch and English is a prerequisite, a good command of French is a plus
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) are required
  • Strong analytical skills with an eye for detail; inquisitive and critical view
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to blend in / challenge / influence at multiple levels within the organization
  • Good synthetical and presentation skills; ability to present and defend figures in front of senior managers
  • Ability to work at operational, tactical and strategic level
  • Autonomous, organized, result-oriented, end-product oriented

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