Meriel Graham

Director

Phone number: +41 41 588 1870

Email: meriel.graham@emearecruitment.com

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: meriel.graham@emearecruitment.com

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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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 3 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.

Competitive salary
Posted 3 months ago

Are you a proactive and driven professional with a passion for Finance and Accounting? For our client in the Zurich area, we are currently seeking a dedicated, German-speaking Senior Accountant.

The business is part of a global group, dedicated to providing innovative solutions, with a commitment to sustainability.

You\'ll become part of a dynamic team that values collaboration and innovation. The business offers a supportive atmosphere, growth prospects, and the chance to contribute to shaping the company\'s future.

For this role, my client is seeking someone with a background within an audit firm.

As a Senior Accountant, your role will include:

  • Preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements in accordance with industry standards
  • Managing financial bookkeeping
  • Performing balance sheet reconciliations and detailed analyses
  • Contributing to the preparation of tax returns and maintaining tax compliance
  • Conducting technical accounting analysis in alignment with global standards
  • Assisting in internal control initiatives and documentation

Skills required:

  • Strong foundational education in Finance and Accounting, complemented by advanced qualifications such as CPA/ACCA/ACA or equivalent
  • Background in a professional audit firm
  • Proficiency in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Sound knowledge of balance sheets, financial statements, and VAT regulations
  • Proficiency in Excel and familiarity with ERP and accounting systems (SAP is a plus)
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills in both German 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.

150,000-170,000 CHF
Posted 3 months ago

Are you ready to take on a challenging Senior Controlling Manager role that will allow you to influence business managers and act as a trusted sparring partner to manufacturing operations?

Do you have a passion for financial analysis, budgeting, and driving improved profitability? If so, this could be an ideal opportunity for you!

My client is a leading, multi-national, industrial company, dedicated to excellence and innovation in its field.

As part of its planned growth and forward-looking strategy, the business is seeking a talented and driven Senior Controlling Manager to join its team near Basel. 

The role will report to the CFO, with a small team and play a key role helping to drive a business partnering culture in the business

As a Senior Controlling Manager, your role will include:

  • Act as a sparring partner to operational colleagues, challenging the status quo to drive growth and efficiency
  • Budget and forecast for the Swiss manufacturing operations
  • Capital expenditure planning process, optimizing resource allocation
  • Provide forward-looking, data-driven financial analysis to identify opportunities for improved profitability and assist business growth
  • Manage the periodic financial closing process, ensuring accurate and timely reporting
  • A range of ad-hoc projects

Requirements:

  • University degree in Finance, Economics, or a related discipline
  • Proven track record of successes in a similar role within a multi-national industrial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to add value to relationships outside of Finance, showcasing a strong commercial orientation
  • Excellent analytical skills, leveraging data to identify gaps and opportunities for efficiencies
  • Fluency in German 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.

140,000-160,000 CHF
Posted 3 months ago

We\'re looking for a dynamic professional to join our service industry client as a strategic Controller in Zurich, working within its international operations organization.   

The role will report to the VP Finance for the division, as well as working closely with other senior stakeholders.

The business offers a fun, innovative environment, with a diverse, multi-cultural team.  

It also offers excellent opportunities for international career progression

As a Controller, your role will include:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the sector, and effectively manage financial and operational control over multiple product lines
  • Provide strategic insights and analysis to aid leadership decision making, and oversee forecasting and budgeting operations
  • Implement process improvement initiatives in reporting and business planning, while maintaining responsibility for managing operations overhead and cost budgets
  • Ensure database integrity and utilize data analytics to facilitate strategic decisions, manage financial reporting, and track industry trends
  • Support negotiation strategies with operational partners and drive innovative initiatives to foster an industry-leading, non-hierarchical organization

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in relevant fields
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or other relevant Business field
  • Fluent English - professional working knowledge of German is a plus
  • Excellent collaboration, communication skills, and ability to work alone
  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in Excel - SQL, QlikView, and Power BI skills are a plus

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 3 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.
130,000-150,000 CHF
Posted 3 months ago

Are you a dynamic, driven professional with a strong background in Treasury? Our client is looking for a Group Treasury Controller to join their team at their global headquarters in the Basel area of Switzerland.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to their ongoing Treasury transformation initiatives and help enhance their value proposition to the group.

They provide a highly interesting, versatile, and challenging work environment, where you will have the opportunity for growth and influence on daily activities and projects.

You can expect attractive, performance-based remuneration and benefits, as well as tailored, individual training designed to help you excel in your role.

As a Group Treasury Controller, your role will include:

• Financial reporting, monitoring interest rate and FX risk, and overseeing financing structures

• Ensuring compliance with internal controls and Treasury policies

• Collaborating with various stakeholders and supporting transformation projects

• Managing interfaces with Treasury Front-office, Back-office, Accounting, Controlling, Tax, Investor Relations, IT and Global Business Service

• Acting as key user for SAP TRM and SAP add-on CIM, including customization, testing, and training

Candidate requirements:

• University degree in Finance or related subject; additional Treasury or Finance professional qualifications are desirable

• Minimum of 5 years\' Treasury experience in an international group

• Expertise in financial asset management, capital markets, and financial instruments

• Experience in Treasury-related accounting, reporting, and analysis

• Proficiency in ERP and TMS (ideally SAP S4 Hana and TRM applications); Bloomberg/Reuters experience a plus

• Strong numeracy and analytical skills, with the ability to interpret numbers and provide insights

• Fluency in English is essential, German would be advantageous

• Self-starter with a growth mindset and willingness to take on new responsibilities

• Strong change agent and team player with excellent 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.

120,000-150,000 CHF
Posted 3 months ago
We are currently searching for a dynamic IT Auditor to enhance our client\'s highly-regarded Internal Audit function.

The company is an innovative and fast-growing life sciences business. You will join an Audit team that strives for excellence and offers its team members significant scope for progression and development. 

You will join at an exciting time for the business, with large-scale transformation of its IT landscape.


Role overview 

As an IT Auditor, you\'ll play a crucial role in enhancing the business\' IT frameworks by working with its global Internal Audit function.

Dive deep into IT-related Internal Audit assignments, spot vulnerabilities, and offer insights to strengthen processes.


Key responsibilities:
  • Conduct thorough IT audit unit reviews, present results formally, and engage with senior IT management
  • Partner with team members and assist the Head of Internal Audit in a multitude of IT audit tasks
  • Foster consistent communication with the IT team and its leaders
Essential qualifications:
  • Bachelor\'s degree in IT/Computer Science or a related discipline - CISA qualification would be strongly preferred, or part qualified and looking to complete within one year
  • Solid IT auditing background - adeptness with key enterprise IT platforms
  • Mastery of IT control and security frameworks, including COBIT, ITIL, ISO, and NIST
  • Proficiency in network reconnaissance tools and methods
  • Experience in auditing within the manufacturing sector highly regarded
  • Stellar analytical and communication prowess - potential for leadership growth
  • Openness to travel (10-20%)
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.
130,000-150,000 CHF
Posted 3 months ago

My client is currently looking to expand their Internal Audit team by hiring a Lead Auditor, with a global scope, based at their headquarters in Basel. 

The team has a strong team spirit, with a very supportive and collaborative approach, where team members are encouraged to bring ideas to the table and shape the longer-term development of the Audit function within the business.

This is an end-to-end Audit role, where you will be responsible for the full scope of audit engagements, with a strong advisory and business partnering focus.

The environment is very ‘freestyle’ so this role could be ideally suited to someone working in a consulting environment, used to coming into new environments and developing audit plans from scratch.

The business is also developing data analytics capabilities within Audit so someone with experience in this area could add significant value.

As a Lead Auditor, your role will include:

  • Plan and lead audit engagements on a global basis covering operational, IT, financial and compliance audits
  • Business partner with operational functions to evaluate business risks and provide insights and recommendations
  • Support the development of data analytics capabilities within the Audit function
  • Involvement in a broad range of projects

Skills required:

  • 7-10 years’ experience within Audit or related fields such as internal controls, risk management etc
  • CIA or CISA would be desirable
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of data analytics tools, such as Power BI, Tableau, Alteryx etc., would be desirable
  • Willingness to travel up to 20%
  • A willingness to learn and 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.

Competitive salary + bonus
Posted 3 weeks ago
We have an opportunity to join an industry-leading company in the chemicals sector as a Pricing Specialist.

The business has a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and ethical practices. It offers a diverse, multi-cultural environment that promotes professional growth and learning.  

As a Pricing Specialist, your role will include:

  • Strategic influence: Provide pivotal Pricing recommendations, ensuring global consistency and profitability aligned with the business objectives
  • Collaborative partnership: Work closely with regional Commercial teams and various departments to understand market dynamics, negotiate prices, and manage financial strategies for the Ingredients business
  • Analytical excellence: Conduct Pricing activities, develop financial models, and respond to raw material and manufacturing cost fluctuations to safeguard margins and business success
  • Innovative improvement: Champion the enhancement of Pricing guidelines and processes, ensuring high data quality and the development of regional Pricing concepts

You will need:

  • A bachelor\'s or master\'s degree in Finance, Economics, or similar
  • Prior experience in B2B Pricing or Commercial Finance - F&F industry knowledge is a plus
  • Cross-cultural expertise and excellent problem-solving skills
  • A service and goal-oriented approach, with strong project management skills
  • Fluency in English - additional languages are a bonus
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
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 2 weeks 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 salary
Posted 3 days ago

Exciting opportunity: Head of International Financial Risk and Advisory for a leading company in life sciences

Location: Basel, Switzerland

About the role: Our client, a fast growing, global business in the life sciences sector, is seeking a Head of International Financial Risk and Advisory.

This role is a unique opportunity to join a passionate and progressive Treasury team with an excellent reputation within the business. 

Our client offers an environment where innovative thinking and proactive leadership are valued. Joining this team means contributing to a company that makes a real difference globally.

This position offers the chance to shape the financial strategy of a leading organisation in a significant sector.

The role: In this strategic position, you will be responsible for leading the financial risk management at group level, tackling challenges related to foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodities.

Your role will be crucial in advising various divisions on financial risks, enhancing risk management capabilities, and shaping Treasury operations across a specific geographical region.

We\'re seeking: An exceptional leader with a strategic vision for financial risk management.

This role is ideal for someone who thrives in a dynamic environment and is passionate about making a significant impact.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead financial risk management for currency, interest rate, and commodity price risks
  • Develop and implement risk management strategies within Treasury
  • Act as a Treasury risk advisor to business units
  • Manage long-term banking relationships and lead pivotal Treasury projects
  • Conduct macroeconomic research and provide strategic analyses

Your profile:

  • Expertise in capital markets, particularly in FX, interest rates, and commodities
  • Proficient with financial products and tools, including MS Office, Bloomberg, and Treasury Management Systems
  • Fluent in English - proficiency in German and French advantageous
  • Relevant professional qualifications, such as ACT or CFA

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.