Meriel Graham

Director

Phone number: +41 41 588 1870

Email: [email protected]

Director

Meriel is an accomplished Director at EMEA Recruitment, specialising in the Finance & Accountancy recruitment market in Switzerland. She has over 16 years of experience in recruitment, with more than ten years in Finance across Switzerland.

Meriel joined EMEA Recruitment in 2013 and leverages her impressive experience to provide insights and solutions for both candidates and clients. Working in collaboration with Emanuela Pali, Meriel secures the best available professionals for her client organisations.

Meriel’s master’s degree in Occupational Psychology gives her a unique approach to career consultations. She is very skilled in understanding people, especially their professional aspirations and motivations, to align them with an organisation.

Meriel enjoys creating relationships with longevity and making a difference in people’s lives. Over time, she has built a strong network of industry contacts and finds it highly satisfying to see people happy and grow further into their careers.

Since joining EMEA Recruitment, Meriel has hosted a range of events to bring together Finance & Accountancy professionals across Switzerland, demonstrating her commitment to fostering relationships and providing opportunities to share market insights.

Internally, Meriel is the Environmental Ambassador of our ESG committee, promoting our fundraising efforts and a better environment for all.

Meriel’s Interests

Meriel likes spending time with her family, travelling, politics, reading sci-fi novels and playing various sports.

A sport Meriel is interested in is skydiving. In July 2023, she completed her first skydive and has ambitions to complete another in the future.

Meriel's Successful Candidates

  • Head of Finance
  • Tax Manager
  • Treasury Director
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Financial Reporting Director

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Meriel Graham

Meriel Graham

Director

Phone number: +41 41 588 1870

Email: [email protected]

Meriel is an accomplished Director at EMEA Recruitment, specialising in the Finance & Accountancy recruitment market in Switzerland. She has over 16 years of experience in recruitment, with more than ten years in Finance across Switzerland.

Meriel joined EMEA Recruitment in 2013 and leverages her impressive experience to provide insights and solutions for both candidates and clients. Working in collaboration with Emanuela Pali, Meriel secures the best available professionals for her client organisations.

Meriel’s master’s degree in Occupational Psychology gives her a unique approach to career consultations. She is very skilled in understanding people, especially their professional aspirations and motivations, to align them with an organisation.

Meriel enjoys creating relationships with longevity and making a difference in people’s lives. Over time, she has built a strong network of industry contacts and finds it highly satisfying to see people happy and grow further into their careers.

Since joining EMEA Recruitment, Meriel has hosted a range of events to bring together Finance & Accountancy professionals across Switzerland, demonstrating her commitment to fostering relationships and providing opportunities to share market insights.

Internally, Meriel is the Environmental Ambassador of our ESG committee, promoting our fundraising efforts and a better environment for all.

Meriel’s Interests

Meriel likes spending time with her family, travelling, politics, reading sci-fi novels and playing various sports.

A sport Meriel is interested in is skydiving. In July 2023, she completed her first skydive and has ambitions to complete another in the future.

Meriel's Successful Candidates

  • Head of Finance
  • Tax Manager
  • Treasury Director
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Financial Reporting Director
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  • FamilyFamily
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  • PoliticsPolitics
  • ReadingSci-Fi Novels
  • SportsSports

Meriel Graham

Clients

Testimonial

Meriel provided excellent recruitment support in assisting me finding a career in Switzerland.

She constantly kept in touch with me on various roles and like the entire EMEA Recruitment staff, provided a level of communication and encouragement that is not seen with other recruitment companies and recruiters.

Chuck Sininski, Vice President Finance at Santhra Pharmaceuticals

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Meriel Graham JOBS

150,000 - 180,000 CHF
Posted 7 months ago

Join a growing biotech pioneer: Shape the future of Financial Reporting!

 

We’re looking for a Financial Planning and Reporting Manager on behalf of our client, an expanding biotech enterprise based in the Basel area.

 

Financial Planning and Reporting Manager – Exclusive, Basel, Switzerland

 

As its momentum continues, the business is keen to integrate passionate professionals into their team, who can not only grow with them, but also accelerate their growth.

 

Currently, they are seeking a dynamic Financial Planning and Reporting Manager who possesses an intricate balance of seasoned Accounting skills and a flair for modern systems.

 

In this role, you will contribute directly to the foundational growth and scalability of the company financial structures. 

 

Benefit from a competitive compensation package, growth opportunities, and be a part of a driven and inclusive work environment.

 

If you are passionate about merging the worlds of Finance and Technology, and you believe in the transformative power of biotechnology, this is your chance to make a profound impact.

 

Core responsibilities:

  • Annual reporting automation: Modernize and automate the annual reporting workflow, ensuring that disclosure notes are accurate and compliant.
  • 5-year corporate forecasting: Drive the vision of their financial trajectory by leading the creation and updating of their 5-year corporate forecast.
  • Financial statement creation: Design and present comprehensive financial statements for both internal stakeholders and external entities.

 

Skillset required:

  • A solid foundation in Accounting - ideally either CIMA or CPA qualified
  • Extensive experience in planning and reporting tools - proficiency in Workday Adaptive Planning is a significant plus
  • An ability for transforming traditional financial processes into streamlined, automated systems
  • Exceptional communication skills to interpret and present financial insights to a diverse audience
  • A proactive mindset, with the ability to anticipate business needs and act on them

 

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.

140,000-160,000 CHF
Posted 7 months ago
My client, a global manufacturing business with a long history, is currently looking to recruit a Chinese-speaking Internal Audit Manager for its experienced, global team.

The team operates a relatively flat structure of experienced Auditors, so you will be involved in a broad range of Audit engagements where you will either act as a team lead or team member dependent on the engagement and strengths.

The company has significant operations in China, for which it requires a Chinese speaker, but you will also be involved in audits worldwide.

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package, and strong potential for future learning and development.

As an Internal Audit Manager, your role will include:
  • Manage or act as a team member on a range of global finance, operational and other audits, from pre-planning to post-audit review
  • Analyse audit findings and provide recommendations
  • Preparation of audit reports
  • Presentation of audit results to management
  • Evaluation of risks and internal controls
  • Assist with compliance topics
  • Involvement in ad-hoc and special projects
  • Assist with the development of data analytics and AI tools within the Audit team
Skills required:
  • CIA or equivalent qualification would be strongly preferred
  • Good knowledge of SAP, particularly the FI/CO module
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in relevant Audit roles
  • Fluency in English and Chinese
  • Willingness to travel up to 40% - this is likely to reduce over time, as the business\' data analytics capabilities develop
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.
55,000-65,000 CHF + bonus
Posted 5 months ago
Join a global leader in the advanced manufacturing sector, known for its innovative approach and commitment to sustainability, as a Financial Controller.

The company is a key player in producing specialized products for a range of industries, including beverages and consumer goods, and offers a dynamic work environment that champions quality, innovation, and excellence.

As the Financial Controller, you will be part of the leadership team for this site.

We\'re Looking For: A driven and experienced Financial Controller to join this dynamic team. This site-based position offers a unique opportunity to shape the financial trajectory of this production site, with approximately 150 employees and a €30M turnover.

Your Role: Reporting to the Site Director, you will oversee a team of 2 management accountants, taking charge of financial and internal control. Your insights will be pivotal to the Management Committee, contributing to the site\'s financial performance and strategic planning.

As the Financial Controller, your key responsibilities include::

  • Prepare and validate monthly and quarterly financial reports
  • Analyse financial performance, identifying trends and variances
  • Coordinate monthly forecasts, identifying risks and opportunities
  • Present financial performance to sales teams and senior management
  • Lead projects to optimise company management, including budgeting and cost control
  • Implement and maintain internal controls to safeguard financial integrity

Your Profile:

  • Bachelor\'s or master\'s in Finance or related field; professional Finance qualifications would be preferred
  • 4-6 years of management financial controlling experience, preferably in the industrial sector
  • Proficient in Excel and SAP
  • Fluent in English and French, with excellent analytical and communication skills
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.
Competitive
Posted 2 months ago

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing Biotech business at a time where they are significantly expanding operations.

They are seeking a proactive Senior Accountant with a solid grasp of accounting principles and hands-on experience. You will play a key role in shaping their financial landscape.

This is a challenging role in a supportive and international environment that will give you the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of activities.  

As a Senior Accountant your role will include:

  • Manage and oversee financial activities of company affiliates.
  • Ensure compliance with financial regulations.
  • Serve as a key financial liaison, both internally and externally.
  • Coordinate financial matters including reporting, forecasting, and auditing.
  • Provide expert guidance and support to affiliates, ensuring adherence to best practices.

What You Bring:

  • Proven experience in accounting, with a BSc/Ba in accounting, finance, or a related field.
  • Strong MS Office skills; familiarity with ERP systems (Navision/Business Central is a plus).
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and analytical acumen.
  • Adaptability to a multicultural environment, excellent communication in English, and additional languages are a plus, particularly German.
Competitve salary
Posted a month ago

Our client, a global leader in the service, is seeking a highly motivated and knowledgeable Accounting Manager to join our vibrant team in Zurich, Switzerland.

This position resides within a busy, global division where Finance meets innovation and culture.

As an integral part of the team, you\'ll have the opportunity to lead, inspire, and enhance accounting processes, playing a pivotal role in driving financial success and operational excellence. 

As an Accounting Manager, your role will include:

  • Lead and Inspire: Manage and motivate a diverse team of 3-5 junior and senior accountants, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement
  • Operational Excellence: Oversee the daily accounting operations, ensuring meticulous execution of tasks, and spearhead the monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial closing and reporting processes with precision
  • Strategic Influence: Act as a change agent within the organization, leading process improvements, implementing global best practices, and working closely with the business and key stakeholders to support informed decision-making and financial planning
  • Communication and Compliance: Regularly produce and present comprehensive financial reports and statements, liaise with external advisers and auditors, and manage tax and compliance across various jurisdictions, ensuring the integrity and accuracy of our financial information

About You:

  • Educated and Experienced: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field; an advanced Accounting degree (ACCA, CPA, Swiss WP, or equivalent) is advantageous. 5+ years of relevant experience in Accounting and/or Audit, demonstrating a track record of financial management and team leadership
  • A Leader and a Team Player: With proven managerial skills, you\'re capable of leading a team towards achieving excellence in all aspects of accounting and financial reporting, inspiring your team members to grow and excel
  • Innovative and Proactive: You have a keen eye for identifying process improvement opportunities and the initiative to implement solutions that enhance efficiency and accuracy across financial operations
  • Global Mindset with Local Expertise: Your ability to navigate and manage tax and compliance issues across different jurisdictions, combined with your excellent communication skills, makes you adept at dealing with complex financial landscapes and diverse teams

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.