Finance Continuous Improvement Manager

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
April 13, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05581

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Finance Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Summary


IMERYS is a world leader in creating specialty solutions that improve everyday life through minerals. Our success is built on our people, and creating an environment where our 16,400 employees around the globe can thrive. 

Imerys reshaped its financial function, by creating a best in class organization with 3 pillars

  • Controlling (front office) is accountable for performance analysis and business partnering with the operational teams (operations, sales, supply chain…)

  • The middle office is called Consolidation, Accounting and Reporting (CAR). It is organized by countries and is accountable for the accuracy of financial statements, the compliance with local GAAP and tax. It als supports local sites’ Controlling

  • Shared Services act as Back office and manage the transactional activities of General Accounting, Fixed Assets, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivables. 

The Shared Services are located in Athens, Greece (supporting 14 European countries) and Guadalajara, Mexico (supporting North America).

Imerys has also started the implementation of a common ERP: SAP S4 HANA (Project Opera). Shared Services are heavily involved in the preparation of Go-lives, change management and the identification of improvement opportunities. 

We offer the opportunity to work in a structured multinational and performance driven Finance organization, international exposure, knowledge of new automated processes & tools as well as opportunities for development via internal moves and exposure to new challenges.


The Finance Continuous Improvement Manager will take part in the optimisation of processes. 

He/she will focus on how to continuously improve the interactions between the Shared Services Center and its internal customers, the Middle Office (CAR) but also other functions like procurement & supply chain. 

For the roll out of Opera, he has a close link with Shared Services, BPO and Opera teams (technical and wave teams). The aim being to ensure go-lives are properly prepared and to assess when needed change requests. 

He/she will help to harmonize the processes among the different teams.  

He/she will also cooperate with the Continuous Improvement team. 


Main Accountabilities 

  • For the Opera entities he/she ensures that automation possibilities are intensively implemented 

  • Ensure Key Users & SSC Accountants are properly trained for Opera

  • Lead part of the P2P Compliance projects (change management with operations, procurement and vendors)

  • Develop and implement process improvements: identify pain points, analyze the root causes, resolve issues and propose improvements

  • Ensure collaboration across the end-to-end processes by defining clear roles and responsibilities

  • Identify needs for change management (organizational impacts, communication plan, training approach etc.)

  • Act as point of escalation for any service level related issues (day to day issues are firstly handled directly by Shared Services Accounts and their internal customers)

  • Track escalated performance issues and disputes, monitor timely implementation of actions plans by Shared Services and its internal customers

  • Continuously review end-to-end processes against ‘best practice’ processes and design and implement new/updated processes as necessary 



  • Master in Accounting, Finance or Business 

  • Having participated to ERP implementations

  • More than 5 years of  relevant experience in Shared Services management or more than 5 years of relevant experience in management consulting 

  • Proven success of project management and implementation of process improvements are a big plus

  • Working  experience in a multinational environment

  • Fluent French and English speaker (C1/C2) 

Soft Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills

  • Confident, proactive, goal and results orientated

  • Ability to understand the nature of problems and to explain to the users 

  • Time management, planning and organization

  • Autonomous

  • Hands-on attitude 

  • IT savvy

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.