Finance Continuous Improvement Manager

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
December 23, 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 - ERP Implementation). 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 optimization 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 - Consolidation Accounting Reporting teams) but also other functions like procurement & supply chain.

A significant part of the projects will be linked to ensure the roll out of best practices & a good adoption of Opera Core. 

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

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


Main Accountabilities 

  • As part of the Opera go-lives, he is also responsible to ease post-go live business as usual together with the accountants of the SSC and the local business (on-the-field training, issues resolution, root cause analysis, if needed change requests…)

  • Lead part of the P2P (Purchase to Pay) 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

  • Previous experience in ERP implementation (project management, facilitation between Business and IT, change management, arbitration of change requests...) within a consulting company or internally is a plus

  • Knowledgeable in SAP ERP (Master Data, Accounting & Finance modules) is a plus

  • 5 years of relevant experience in business consulting

  • Relevant experience in a Finance Shared Service Center  is 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.