Head of Finance for an architecture firm

The finance team is made up of eight employees based in Amsterdam City Centre, which is to grow in the near future. The Head of Finance will be the key finance go to person within the organization and will directly manage four employees. The Head of Finance will work very closely with the project control team and legal team being a stand-out teamplayer. Also, it’s important to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders and be viewed as a trusted business partner for not only the CFO, but also other people in the organization.

The Head of Finance is able to fit within this top notch, high quality organization and take finance to the next level. The company has ambitious growth goals and finance plays an important role in in this. Cooperation with the project controllers and the legal manager is off most importance to help UNStudio with its core business, designing the most impressive and sustainable buildings.

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for all accounting activities including international compliance with local reporting regulations
  • Provide management support to all direct reports
  • Manage monthly and yearly closure 
  • Be involved in various projects for further automation & standardization
  • Be involved in setting up new entities 
  • Preparation of (monthly) cash flow projections 
  • Treasury Management
  • Tax reporting
  • Represent F&A at relevant Management meetings
  • Manage four team members
  • Initiate, monitor and track cost savings and improvements
  • Improving financial performance, and driving Finance objectives
  • Ensuring policies are in place and followed
  • Supporting the CFO in various, add-hoc requests
  • Managing different stakeholders in international perspective (e.d. international MD’s and cluster Directors)


You have a strong base in Finance, are enthusiastic with the cause of this company, internationally orientated and ready to make the next step. Furthermore, you have experience with managing different stakeholders and therefore are socially skilled. 

You have:

  • A master’s degree in finance or accounting
  • Strong finance acumen and knowledge of P&L and Balance Sheet (Dutch GAAP)
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant international experience in a combined Finance and Accounting role
  • Proven experience in interpreting financial results to the business along with guiding the business on execution of the financial plan and adjusting or pivoting if and when necessary
  • Strong helicopter view with verbal and written communication skills, responsible, displays good initiative, strong organizational and analytical skills, diligent and accurate
  • Experience with ERP systems
  • Strong Excel skills and ability to develop, create or maintain large complex models
  • Experience with Payroll Systems (Nmbrs) is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English is a must, and Dutch is a plus)

You are:

  • Able to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced, dynamic and high-volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and deadlines
  • Able to pick up new technical concepts quickly and be adaptable
  • Good team player & hands-on mentality

The Company

UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is an international organization specializing in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

With six full-service international offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Dubai and Melbourne and over 300 employees from more than 30 countries, their streamlined structure enables them to spend less time organizing and more time designing and collaborating with their clients.

UNStudio’s mission is to design for lasting impact and contribute to the societal challenges of urbanization, climate change, ageing populations and socioeconomic inequality. Driven by purpose and focused on solutions, we create value by designing for the implications of these megatrends on our built environment. Designs that make our lives healthier have little impact on the planet, but a lasting impact on our cities - and people.


As Head of Finance you get the possibility to develop yourself within a unique, top notch international environment. UNStudio offers a very creative setting where you’ll be able to make the next step as a finance professional.

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