Business Controller

Location CA-Montreal
Requisition ID
Business Area
Accounting, Finance & Controlling
Position Type
Permanent employment

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy’s North America Finance team is seeking a Business Controller to drive best value for the region by working alongside key decision makers, providing informed insight and challenge to business decisions thereby influencing and shaping financial plans and future direction and choices through the provision of high quality financial analysis.


The Business Controller supports the Heads of Department and Heads of Section in a high complexity region in developing and maintaining DNV GL’s culture and reaching corporate business goals through professional and consistent financial deliveries for the departments & sections within his/her responsibility.


The Business Controller shall advise, support and challenge the Heads of Department and Heads of Section for the Renewables Advisory and Labs/Measurements Business Lines in driving the business performance through established processes, objective challenge and business reviews. This position is based in our offices in Montreal, Canada. 


Tasks May Include


  • Assure that numbers are trustworthy, complete, and on time 
  • Understand and report the financial performance of the section / department (preferably weekly) 
  • Help line management to navigate systems and improve processes based on business needs 
  • Review tier 3 & 4 proposals - ensure risk & reward is sound, and execution monitoring via pre-post calculations 
  • Partner with the business to ensure line management take ownership of and have control over the P&L 
  • "Look forward" - facilitate, report & challenge dynamic forecasting, pipeline development, and sustainable outlook of services 
  • Support the development of new business models, review & challenge business plans and investments
  • Manage all finance and accounting operations 
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts and report variances 
  • Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements 
  • Ensure compliance with DNV GL’s internal Management System guidelines 
  • Exhibit curiosity to really understand the business drivers as you influence and lead the management to drive for operational excellence in financial KPIs that matter 
  • Maintain and embody a culture of internal control and compliance where an adequate control framework is seen as an asset that will help to achieve business goals 
  • Drive performance through the roll-out, set-up and fine-tuning of new decision support mechanisms and margin management 
  • Business development role; you personally lead change initiatives and generate insights and discussion via a combination of facts, judgment and personal impact 
  • Lead the optimization of a cost- and cash-driven entrepreneurial culture



Position Qualifications

Position Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics; or Bachelor’s degree and professional accounting qualification (for example, CPA) required 
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in Finance and Control; substantial, relevant and varied experience in controllership and financial management - preferably at department, country or regional level - producing management accounts and KPI’s/management information, statutory accounts and balance sheet responsibility & control 
  • Experience with working for a multinational business, in service industry preferred; experience supporting consultancy services a plus
  • Proven ability to frame and communicate issues and bring diverse disciplines together to solve these 
  • Proven track record of interfacing with and influencing colleagues at different levels in the organization 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English 
  • Excellent accounting software user and administration skills; experience with Oracle is preferred
  • Willingness and ability to travel as required, domestically and internationally (estimated 10-15%)
  • We conduct pre-employment background screening


Immigration-related benefits (for example, visa sponsorship) are not available for this position


Opportunities Beyond Business


Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.


Local employment conditions apply.


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Company and Business Area Description

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping customers in the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener.


DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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