Lead of GTC Controlling (m/f/d)

Lead of GTC Controlling (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  Finance & Accounting

Berlin, BE, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS Berlin GmbH (0017)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Hybrid Working Within Country
Job ID:  14271


Are you an experienced finance professional looking for an exciting leadership opportunity? Then join our Global Transaction Centre (GTC) in Berlin as the new Lead of Controlling (m/f/d), and be part of our ONEGLOBE initiative to provide innovative solutions to our business worldwide.

As the Lead of Controlling Team, you will collaborate with the Global Controlling (ExH and BPs) as well as different functions in the GTC (AP, AR, GL, etc.) to ensure efficient transactional processes. You will lead a diverse team of controllers, focusing on operational, planning and investment controlling topics. 

Do not miss this unlimited, full-time leadership opportunity with KWS Berlin GmbH - a global leader in the agricultural sector.



  • As the Team Lead for Controlling, you will inspire, lead, and empower a diverse team of Associates, Seniors, and Team Coordinators to achieve their potential in a trustful and collaborative environment. You will conduct disciplinary management activities, ensure proper staffing, hiring, and onboarding to maintain a high-performing team.
  • Driving continuous improvement initiatives to optimize controlling practices and reports across regions is a key focus. Deep understanding of state-of-the-art controlling practices, including tools (Microsoft Excel, Power BI, Power Automate, etc.), systems (SAP CO, R3, and S4 HANA), and smart solutions. You will provide the framework for daily operations, aligning them with the company strategy and driving standardization and digitalization.
  • You will oversee the transactional activities of actual, budgeting, and forecasting controlling processes including actual closing of cost centers, intercompany chargings, investments, functional costs, plan vs. actual cost center reports, material ledger closing, work-in-progress (WIP), and so on. A keen eye for detail and proactivity in identifying any inconsistency in controlling activities by means of taking ownership of resolving them promptly is essential.
  • Clear and timely communication on all issues, both internal and external, is imperative. Additionally, fostering cross-functional collaboration and an efficient information flow between Global Functions, Global Transaction Center (GTC), and Business Units will be part of your responsibilities.



  • Academic degree in controlling, accounting, finance or similar.
  • Several years of experience in the field of controlling, particularly in an international environment such as a shared service center, along with proven leadership experience.
  • Deep knowledge of controlling processes and practices, including best-in-class tools and systems. A good knowledge of financial statements, especially Profit & Loss statement, is preferable
  • Experience in management accounting, monthly, quarterly, and yearly closing of cost centers, planning, forecasting, investment planning, etc.
  • Excellent people management skills along with strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate complex controlling/financial information to stakeholders at all levels of the organization. 
  • Fluency in English is required. German would be an asset

Our offer:

  • We are an international team with diverse and cross-functional experiences shared by open-minded people
  • Best of both worlds: KWS Berlin combines the security of a big, stable company with the passion of a start-up
  • As a family-backed company we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, foresight and independence; this culture is lived in practice creating an open and friendly working atmosphere from day one
  • Our location in the heart of Berlin Schöneberg is very modern, directly opposite of a train station and with secure car & bike parking facilities
  • We offer unlimited contracts with 30 days of holiday, time account, flexible working hours, additional payment for holiday and Christmas, JobRad and/or financial support with the public transport ticket
  • Following our motto “Make yourself grow”, we support employees’ professional and personal development with individual training measures


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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: www.kws.com/career. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.

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