BLOS has experienced tremendous growth over the past 3 years, from 7 to more than 320 locations. They became part of the Babilou Family (French Private Equity party) in 2021 and together they continue this strategic growth ambition. In this new phase there is a focus on investing in processes, systems and people to further build a solid and scalable finance foundation. Contributing to the journey of a new generation.
We are looking for a proactive and energetic Business Controller to join the BLOS finance team. You report directly to the Senior Business Controller and will be the Financial Business Partner for the Regional Management Team and Regional Directors within BLOS. You work closely together with the CFO, Senior Business Controller and your other direct Business Control colleague. Just like your colleagues within Business Control, you are primarily responsible for your own region. You provide insights, high-quality analyses and recommendations which support the business and challenge them to take the right actions that will add direct value. Within the team, you will be each other’s backup, help and spar with each other if necessary, the regions can be rotated over time. You are responsible for the periodic management reporting & analyses, the annual budget, (rolling) forecast and latest estimate for your region. Besides that you are the sparring partner for the regional directors, regional management and other stakeholders. You not only support them with key business insights about their financial and operational performance, but also ask them daily the question: are we still doing the right thing to provide the best care and remain financially healthy, or can we do better? You are the financial backbone for your region and continuously challenge the business on the risks and opportunities you see, keeping a sharp eye on the balance between quality of care, costs and efficiency. Using Reporting tools, you make sure that the right control information is clear, and you tell the story behind it. Not only during the periodic business review, but there will also be many ad hoc analyses, investment proposals, business cases and integration projects within the region.
You focus on improving the performance for existing locations and will also be involved in enhancing processes within BLOS. Some key activities you will be involved in are: business cases for opening, closing and optimizing locations, focus on costs development (ZZP hires, variable costs) and supporting staff departments perform better (for example give HR insight in their targets). You have a forward looking focus and support with identifying risks and opportunities.
You are a skilled and persuasive Business advisor, with an analytical mindset who loves to work in a dynamic business. You know how to create support for (strategic) decisions and you are not afraid to speak your mind. In addition to having a solid financial background and strong communication skills, you have a “can do”-mentality and are able to create relationships and support the business In any way you can.
“Since BLOS is so dynamic we are looking for somebody with the right attitude. Somebody who has the intellectual & strategic curiosity to really understand and level with the business and has the capacity to think out of the box. Who is able to set up strong analytics which create actionable business insights, unlocking the potential of the data we (will) have. Somebody who can see the bigger picture, through different lenses, reaches sound conclusions and can get the point across. And who has the scale-up mentality which involves getting your hands dirty and tackling many things you haven’t encountered before.”
BLOS is a rapidly growing provider of childcare with over 320 locations throughout the Netherlands. In 2021, BLOS became part of Babilou Family. With the knowledge, experience and best practices of Babilou Family, BLOS steps into a new phase of its development. The coming years will be marked by a new growth phase, with a focus on digitalization and performance improvement.
BLOS ambitious growth strategy will continue. The scale up phase just completed brings them into a new era with a big transformation agenda. Working at BLOS means working at an ambitious, leading organization with very attractive growth potential spread throughout the Netherlands.
Last year, BLOS and Babilou Family were extensively integrated. Joining forces has created a stronger national childcare organization that operates from a solid foundation. At BLOS they operate in a highly dynamic economic climate in which scarcity of qualified personnel and increasing regulatory pressure are central issues and challenges. These dynamics do not deter them from their daily mission: We contribute to the development of the future of the Netherlands. The children are central. Passion for their exceptionally beautiful profession and the conviction to be able to make a difference. That is what drives them and you can feel it.
Babilou Family is part of the French private equity organization Antin Infrastructure Partners. The Babilou Family is one of the largest childcare organizations in the world, with operations in 12 countries. Ambitious growth in a consolidating market is planned for the coming years through a buy and build strategy.
The Babilou Family includes private childcare and education entrepreneurs affiliated from 12 countries, with more than 1,000 branches, 10,000 employees and care for 50,000 children per day. For further info, please visit https://www.blos.nl/nl/