John Bower

Director - Finance

Phone number: +41 41 588 1861

Email: john.bower@emearecruitment.com

Director - Finance

John is a specialist recruiter with over 20 years of experience across several varied disciplines, 11 of which have been dedicated to Finance & Accountancy.

Originally starting in Industry recruitment, he moved to B2B Marketing and evolved into Finance, giving him a solid understanding of the recruitment process.

Now, as Director of Finance Recruitment for the Suisse Romande region, John specialises in a variety of Finance roles, including Accounting, Controlling, M&A, Tax, Treasury, FP&A, Audit, Risk, E2E Project, and Strategy.

He is highly skilled in coaching and providing career consultations for Finance & Accountancy professionals, either on a one-to-one basis or in partnership with accredited financial associations and universities. John is very thorough in his approach to providing a value-added service to job seekers.

Having worked in Switzerland for over ten years, John shares his knowledge and market insights with clients and candidates. Being able to continuously learn about people, their roles, motivations, and experience allows him to champion talent and manage expectations.

He hosts exclusive networking events for middle management to executive level Finance & Accountancy professionals operating in Suisse Romande to share market insights and develop relationships. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to John directly.

John’s Interests

John enjoys the stimulation that new technology provides. In the past, he has built a PC for his parents and has completed another PC build with his daughter.

He is a keen gamer, enjoys reading, politics, and learning about international affairs, with an interest in global news.

John's Successful Candidates

  • Finance Director
  • Finance Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Global Indirect Tax Director
  • BU Controller

Director - Finance

Interests

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  • International AffairsInternational Affairs
  • GamingGaming
  • Politics
  • ReadingReading

John Bower

Director - Finance

Phone number: +41 41 588 1861

Email: john.bower@emearecruitment.com

John is a specialist recruiter with over 20 years of experience across several varied disciplines, 11 of which have been dedicated to Finance & Accountancy.

Originally starting in Industry recruitment, he moved to B2B Marketing and evolved into Finance, giving him a solid understanding of the recruitment process.

Now, as Director of Finance Recruitment for the Suisse Romande region, John specialises in a variety of Finance roles, including Accounting, Controlling, M&A, Tax, Treasury, FP&A, Audit, Risk, E2E Project, and Strategy.

He is highly skilled in coaching and providing career consultations for Finance & Accountancy professionals, either on a one-to-one basis or in partnership with accredited financial associations and universities. John is very thorough in his approach to providing a value-added service to job seekers.

Having worked in Switzerland for over ten years, John shares his knowledge and market insights with clients and candidates. Being able to continuously learn about people, their roles, motivations, and experience allows him to champion talent and manage expectations.

He hosts exclusive networking events for middle management to executive level Finance & Accountancy professionals operating in Suisse Romande to share market insights and develop relationships. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to John directly.

John’s Interests

John enjoys the stimulation that new technology provides. In the past, he has built a PC for his parents and has completed another PC build with his daughter.

He is a keen gamer, enjoys reading, politics, and learning about international affairs, with an interest in global news.

John's Successful Candidates

  • Finance Director
  • Finance Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Global Indirect Tax Director
  • BU Controller
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Interests

  • TechnologyTechnology
  • International AffairsInternational Affairs
  • GamingGaming
  • Politics
  • ReadingReading

Clients

Testimonial

John supported me in recruiting a new person for my team (manager position), and I was very happy with how it went. 

John spent time to understand the requirements, including the cultural aspects. He rapidly returned with a short list of candidates who perfectly matched the request, so no need to further filter [the list] on my side. 

Quick and smooth process: a message describing why the candidate was selected before each interview, feedback discussion afterwards and good support to wrap up the deal. 

John also kept in contact with the selected candidate until the start date and even a couple of weeks afterwards to ensure any potential issues could be addressed. I can recommend him without hesitation.

Christopher Vanhoren, Group CFO at Allseas

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John Bower JOBS

130k + 8.5% bonus with competitive package
120000 - 140000
Posted 2 months ago
EMEA Recruitment is seeking a Controller on behalf of our international client.

Focusing on the Supply Chain aspects of the business, this role is pivotal in offering strategic financial insights and supporting decision-making processes.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic team where your contributions will play a critical role in the strategic direction of the function.

This position offers the chance for professional growth within a supportive and diverse work environment.


The core responsibilities of the Controller are:
  • Financial Oversight: Handle monthly and quarterly financial closings, ensuring accuracy and compliance with financial standards
  • Strategic Business Partnership: Act as a financial advisor to the management team, identifying sales and business improvement opportunities
  • Project Financial Management: Provide financial guidance on logistics and customer service projects, covering aspects of finance, tax, and legal concerns
  • Inventory and AP Management: Drive optimisation of Net Working Capital, focusing on inventory management and accounts payable strategies
  • Performance Analysis: Deliver key financial figures and identify early deviations to guide the management team
  • Budget and Forecasting: Oversee the entire budgeting process, from preparation to follow-up, ensuring alignment with business goals
Candidate profile for the Controller role:
  • Expertise in Finance: Solid background in both Accounting and Controlling, with a focus on Supply Chain
  • Educational Credentials: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, or a related field - Strong preference for CPA or equivalent
  • Professional Experience: exposure to a relevant Finance role, demonstrating a track record of success
  • Personal Qualities: Autonomous, organized, and proactive with the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Accounting Knowledge: Strong understanding of IFRS and local GAAP - public accounting experience is a strong benefit
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in SAP - FI/CO, Excel
  • Languages: Fluency in French and English
EMEA Recruitment is committed to promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. We act as a neutral third party in the recruitment process, basing our candidate searches on skills and experience. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sex, relationship status, disability, race, religion/beliefs, or sexual orientation.