Finance Business Partner (Cargo activities)

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

What are your responsibilities?

  • Financial support
    • Prepare yearly budgets BRU-cargo, OST-cargo and LGG stations
    • Prepare quarterly reforecasts BRU-cargo, OST-cargo and LGG stations
    • Monthly closings BRU-cargo, OST-cargo and LGG stations
      • Monitor customer and supplier invoicing
      • Monitor payroll and other personnel cost items
      • Propose/book monthly provisions and accruals
      • Track monthly financial and operational KPIs
      • Prepare monthly reports and comments / gap analysis
    • 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
      • Workforce (hours reporting, productivity, etc.)
      • GSE Fleet (Maintenance & Repair, dimensioning, etc.)
      • Subcontracting and supplier contracts
      • Billing audits
      • Etc.
    • 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 activities at BRU-cargo, OST-cargo and LGG stations
    • 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
    • Local market watch
    • Develop business plans new services / ventures
    • Streamline/coordinate station performance reporting and monitoring
    • Support station management team in defining and implementing local performance improvement initiatives.

Who will you be dealing with?

The Finance Business Partner acts as local point of contact for all financial and operational performance matters related to BRU-cargo, OST-cargo and LGG stations. Your day-to-day contacts are:

  • Station Management Team: Station Manager BRU-cargo, Station Manager LGG, Station Manager OST
  • Finance & Accounting: Group Finance Management Team (VP Group Controlling, VP Group Treasury, VP Accountancy), Group Accounting Team, Group Controlling Team
You will report to the General Manager Cargo Belgium.

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
The ideal candidate would show the following personality traits:
  • Strong analytical skills with an eye for detail; accurate, 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


Franky De Cauter
Recruitment Coordinator