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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  • 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
160000 - 160000
Posted 6 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
140000 - 160000
Posted 6 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
0 - 0
Posted 3 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
110000 - 120000
Posted 4 weeks 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.
Up to 130,000 + 10% bonus
110000 - 130000
Posted 3 weeks ago
Our client, an international services company, is currently looking to appoint a Commercial Controller to join their Swiss office in Wallisellen.

The Commercial Controller will work closely with the sales and marketing teams to analyse performance and support the business leaders in decision-making.

The Commercial Controller will be responsible for:
  • Monitoring and controlling expenses related to sales and marketing activities
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of commercial campaigns and initiatives
  • Control and accounting of internal costs
  • Assisting in the creation of Salesforce reports and dashboards
  • Bonus calculations
  • Providing insights into performance against targets and goals
Candidate Requirements:
  • Educational background in Finance, Controlling, or similar discipline
  • Previous experience in Business Controlling
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel
  • Experience with an ERP system (SAP and Salesforce an advantage)
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of German will be advantageous
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
0 - 140000
Posted 5 days ago

My client, a fast-paced global technology firm based in Zurich, has an urgent need for an astute and experienced Internal Controls Specialist to fortify their financial integrity and compliance in this newly created position.

As an Internal Controls Specialist, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Crafting and deploying robust internal control procedures and policies to protect our assets and data
  • Conducting thorough risk assessments to pinpoint and address areas of financial vulnerability, recommending strategic improvements
  • Diligently reviewing and evaluating financial transactions for adherence to established guidelines and industry benchmarks
  • Undertaking regular audits and investigations to uncover any discrepancies, irregularities, or signs of potential fraud, and creating comprehensive reports for management review
  • Playing a pivotal role in educating and empowering our employees with the knowledge of internal control processes, fraud deterrence, and adherence to ethical standards

Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor\'s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field
  • Additional qualifications such as CIA, CFE, or CPA are advantageous 
  • A track record of success in internal audit, risk assessment, or an internal control capacity
  • In-depth understanding of financial regulations and solid accounting principles
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken
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
120000 - 130000
Posted 5 days ago

My client, a fast paced, global technology business is urgently seeking a Country Finance Manager for their Swiss entity. This role will begin on an interim basis with the view to a permanent contract for the right candidate.

This is a time of transformation for the business, so they are looking for someone hands on with the ability to work independently and support the development of the Finance function.

As the Country Finance Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the Accounting & Finance operations for multiple entities, ensuring compliance with Swiss and local financial regulations
  • Manage comprehensive reporting, asset accounting, and oversee major financial projects including ERP system implementation
  • Maintain rigorous financial controls and support liquidity management in line with group treasury directives
  • Serve as a key liaison for both internal and external parties, including during audits

Your Profile:

  • Demonstrated Finance expertise in a global setting, supported by a higher degree or professional qualification in Finance
  • Adept at analytical problem-solving with a meticulous and autonomous approach to responsibilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of functioning efficiently in a dynamic, high-velocity environment
  • Proficient in SAP, Microsoft Excel
  • Fluency in English is essential, German would be desirable
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.