John Bower

Director - Finance

Phone number: +41 41 588 1861

Email: [email protected]

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

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John Bower

Director - Finance

Phone number: +41 41 588 1861

Email: [email protected]

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

CFO

140000
Posted 2 months ago
EMEA Recruitment is working with an emerging software company supporting its search for a part-time CFO. 

As CFO, you will be working closely with the CEO through investor meetings and the COO to further develop the sales pipeline, playing a fundamental role in the growth of the company. 

This great opportunity has the feasibility to grow into a full-time role within a year. 

Please note a background working with software companies and fundraising experience is a must. 

Responsibilities:
  • Develop and execute the company\'s financial strategy in alignment with business objectives, driving growth, profitability, and sustainability
  • Lead financial planning and analysis, including budgeting, forecasting, and long-range planning, to support strategic decision-making and resource allocation
  • Establish and maintain financial controls and processes to ensure accuracy, transparency, and compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Manage cash flow, liquidity, and capital allocation strategies to optimize financial performance and support business operations and expansion
  • Oversee financial reporting and analysis, providing timely and accurate financial insights to senior management, investors, and stakeholders
Experience:
  • Series A fundraising experience
  • Software industry background
  • Excellent project management capabilities

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.
130-150k CHF + package
Posted 5 days ago

On behalf of our international client, we are seeking a Senior Finance Controller to join their finance team. This role focuses on a newly acquired group of companies, ensuring effective financial accounting and high-quality management information for reporting purposes.

With responsibility for the integration and ongoing improvement of three sites, this Senior Finance Controller role will suit someone seeking strategic exposure, autonomy, and career development.


Key Deliverables:

  • Oversee financial accounting activities for all legal entities, including global intercompany accounting and consolidation for closing
  • Drive productivity improvements and achieve operational excellence against benchmarks
  • Support the integration process alongside the Group CFO and Group Controller
  • Supervise and coach a team of accountants, fostering a positive work environment and promoting employee development
  • Compile, analyse, and report financial data to aid strategic decision-making, performing variance analyses on key financial metrics
  • Ensure compliance with internal accounting policies and procedures, and perform assigned internal controls in a timely manner


Candidate Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Management
  • Experience: Background in Finance/Accounting/Controlling roles, preferably with industrial companies and international exposure, confidence with finance essentials - accruals, COGS, cost centre allocation, business partnering
  • Ability to travel 20%
  • Languages: Fluent in German (B2 minimum) and English; proficiency in French is desired
  • Technical Skills: Advanced proficiency in MS Excel, including pivot tables and functions
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written communication abilities
  • Personal Attributes: Ability to work under pressure, adaptability to different cultures, self-starter, deadline-driven, critical thinker

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.