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Improvement of planning & control cycle, SOx compliance, and SAP FI-CO implementation

This assignment was carried out by Chris van der Voort. Chris (35) has qualifications in HEAO BE (business economics), is a qualified Chartered Accountant (RA) and completed the Executive Master of Finance & Control/Register Controller (EMFC RC).


Internationally operating industrial company specializing in technical solutions in the field of energy/water and food.


Role: Controller/Consultant
The initial assignment concerned an interim position bridging a period of absence for a position in the Finance & Control department with a focus on Financial Planning & Analysis. The reason for this was the departure of the previous controller and the planned move of an internal candidate to the position. In addition to filling the position, a SAP implementation had been planned and the organization had the intention to centralize part of the finance duties.


  • Primary focus on filling the existing role and standardization and further development of the existing information flows;
  • Participating in the standardization of projects of various entities, including implementation within the own entity;
  • Supporting and assisting in the realization of the SOx framework at the local level;
  • Implementation of SAP FI-CO (Finance & Control) in the role of key user, acting also as ‘bridge-builder’ between the different modules;
  • Stabilizing and transferring the (financial) organization after the implementation of SAP, including end-of-month statements.

After successful implementation of SAP and re-assignment of the key duties within the existing organization, a supporting role was carried out briefly, for the duration of the SAP implementation at one of the other project entities of this international organization.