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Business Controller

Our company

Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. We employ worldwide over 145,000 people around the world, operate 3 main technical centres and 171 manufacturing plants  and sell products in more than 150 countries. One in  7 vehicles in the world drives on our tyres.  "Serving Society with Superior Quality” has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931 and we are looking for individuals who share our passion to fulfil this mission.

Bridgestone Europe (BSEU) was created in 1990 and our headquarters are in Zaventem, Belgium.  Today, we employ more than 12,500 teammates across Europe. As of September 1, 2015 we have been transitioning to an EMEA organisation with the handover of business activities in Russia, CIS, Middle East & Africa from Japan to Europe. 

  • In 2015, BSEU sales totalled €3.1 billion
  • 6 regional sales offices
  • 9 tyre manufacturing plants (Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Spain)
  • An international logistics and supply chain infrastructure with distribution centres strategically located to serve our customers across Europe
  • First Stop retail stores which can be found throughout the region
  • An advanced R&D facility in Italy
  • State-of-the-art Proving Grounds in Italy and Sweden

Our tyres are sold under the Bridgestone, Firestone, Seiberling and Dayton brands for both consumer and commercial use.  Whether our product is used in  passenger cars, 4x4 vehicles, trucks and buses, construction and off-road vehicles, tractors and agricultural machinery, motorcycles and scooters, motor sports or aircraft, we develop products focused on the needs of our end user.  With its leading tyre technology, our company is a major supplier of original equipment to all major vehicle manufacturers.

For more information on our company please visit and To experience more about life at Bridgestone, check out the following link


This position is in BSEU NV holding company, which is also Group’s largest sales company and owns all the European inventories. You are part of a small team responsible for various activities.

You support the Controlling and Financial reporting for Bridgestone Europe NV, through the preparation and reporting of BSEU inventory for monthly, quarterly and year end actual results (US Gaap/IFRS). You prepare sections of the monthly management reporting package, provide accrual support to cost center owners and  prepare ad-hoc reports and analysis.

You are responsible for the rolling forecast: you prepare, coordinate and consolidate the OPEX forecast, prepare the reporting, analyse variances and provide analytical comments to support business decisions and management. You improve OPEX understanding, quality and visibility among the business unit heads and management, and follow-up on functional forecasting accuracy on a monthly basis.

You support the Budgeting, by calculating the inventory and inventory movement by source for different budget versions based on supply chain volumes. You calculate cogs based on inventory movements, calculate BSEU’s external sales, check and calculate missing prices, and prepare the balance sheet.

You support different projects from the financial side, and support the improvement of the Finance department through the proposal of process improvements, implementing standardization and further automating the budgeting process.


Education (type & level) : 
Bachelor or Master degree in Finance 

Professional experience:
You can benefit from a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a similar role (financial reporting, P&L, balance sheets), and have ideally been exposed to accounting.

Specific behaviour & attitudes :

  • You have strong analytical skills, and are at ease with the analysis of financial data in different systems
  • You have strong organizational and planning skills, and are able to work under time pressure
  • You have strong communication skills to work with the stakeholders in the different departments, and are able to easily explain financial concepts
  • You are flexible and take initiative to improve existing processes and procedures

Languages :
Fluent in English 

IT skills:
Excellent level in Excel and Access, good level in other MS Office tools. Experience with SAP is a plus.

Apply today if you are interested in becoming a member of our dynamic team!

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Job Family Finance
Level of Experience Experience required
  • Belgium (Zaventem)
Required Language
  • English
Duration Contract of Undefined duration
Working Hours Full time
Posted Date 03-11-2016