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

140,000-160,000 CHF
Posted a month 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.
PLUS 17.5% Bonus and competitive package
Posted 2 months ago
Our client, a global leader in their industry, is seeking a Plant Finance Manager to manage all aspects of financial controlling, reporting, and analysis for its site. This pivotal role demands a thorough understanding of business operations and active participation as a member of the site management team.

The role will manage a small onsite team, with further accounting support from an SSC and report directly to the Plant General Manager.

This role is  a great opportunity for someone from the Big 4 who wants to make a move into a more operational area of finance!

This is a great chance to make a significant impact, with perspectives for future progression and development.

As the Plant Finance Manager, your role will include:
  • Manage plant controlling and accounting departments, ensuring accurate financial reporting and monthly closings per US GAAP and Swiss law
  • Coordinate with Shared Service Centre for financial processes and lead budget reviews, including preparation and presentation
  • Promote and enforce governance, internal controls, and compliance across the plant
  • Develop processes for effective tracking, risk management, and alignment of forecasts with business goals
  • Support commercial team with pricing, contract reviews, and margin improvement; analyse customer margin data
  • Collaborate on CAPEX projects and provide financial leadership for strategic planning and operational strategy

Qualifications:

  • Professional Accounting qualification (CIMA, ACCA, CPA)
  • Knowledge of Swiss Finance Legislation and Accounting Principles
  • Experience in a SAP environment and manufacturing industry is advantageous or within a professional accounting firm
  • Demonstrable business and commercial acumen
  • Strong analytical, IT, and people management skills
  • Result-oriented with excellent communication skills in English and advanced German

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 + short term and long term incentives
Posted a month ago
My client, a high-potential business in the biotech sector, is currently seeking a Director Internal Controls over Financial Reporting to join their passionate and dedicated finance team in the Basel area.

The Director of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) will lead the organization’s efforts to ensure compliance with the COSO framework, focusing on IT General Controls and financial processes.

This role involves formalizing and documenting financial and IT processes, providing support for global supply chain integration, and overseeing user access and segregation of duties.

The Director will also coordinate audit activities and support the annual enterprise risk assessment.


As the Director Internal Control over Financial Reporting your key responsibilities include:
  • Leading the COSO Compliance Program: Oversee the group-wide COSO compliance program, including IT General Controls, and ensure adherence to internal control / SOX standards and regulatory requirements
  • Process and Control Documentation: Formalize and document financial and IT-related processes (SAP S/4HANA) to support control activities and compliance
  • User Access and Segregation of Duties: Lead ICFR in-scope user access roster reviews and conduct segregation of duties assessments to mitigate user access risks
  • Audit Coordination and Issue Resolution: Coordinate external and outsourced internal audit activities, managing audit reporting and facilitating issue resolution
  • Enterprise Risk Assessment: Support the Group’s annual enterprise risk assessment process, identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks to ensure financial reporting integrity

Skills required:
  • Bachelor\'s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field
  • Professional certification, e.g. CPA, ACA, ACCA
  • Big 4 or large accountancy firm background, combined with internal audit experience would be strongly preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of the COSO framework and IT General Controls, SOX 404 would be highly desirable.
  • Hands-on experience with SAP, ideally S/4HANA
  • Strong understanding of segregation of duties principles and user access management
  • Proven relationship-building skills and ability to manage complex projects
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and problem-solving 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.
160-175k CHF plus 17.5 - 35% bonus
Posted 2 weeks ago

Are you passionate about sustainability and eager to make a meaningful impact? Our client, a pioneering global leader in their sector, is seeking a dynamic and experienced Manufacturing Financial Controller for one of their Business Units.

This role offers a unique opportunity to drive financial success and strategic initiatives within a business unit that spans multiple countries and manufacturing sites.

This challenging role also offers significant career progression potential.

As the Manufacturing Financial Controller your Key Responsibilities include:

  • Provide insightful financial analysis and reporting to drive business success
  • Lead monthly reporting, budgeting, and forecasting for management reporting activities
  • Consolidate BU results and present a consolidated view to BU management
  • Ensure compliance with statutory close processes and internal audits (CSA, SOX)
  • Champion the CSA process and maintain effective internal controls


Key Requirements:

  • University degree in Accounting, Controlling, Business Administration, or related field; additional qualifications are advantageous, particularly MBA or ACCA
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Finance leadership role within a manufacturing environment
  • Solid knowledge of IFRS/US GAAP and internal control environments, preferably SOX
  • Experience with HFM, MS Office, and SAP
  • Proven track record of delivering results and strong financial analysis skills

Open across Europe, with preferred locations in Zurich, Barcelona, Italy (near Lugo), and the UK.

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.