Finance Director to EF Education First, Zurich

Gazella is now recruiting a Finance Director to our client EF, with an opening in Zurich. We are looking for a driven and communicative person who shares EF’s core values. As the Finance Director you will have a senior role that provides a crucial function to the organization, facilitating business decision making and execution. You will be reporting to the division CFO and the CEO. In this role, you have the opportunity to make a massive impact on the organization.

We interview candidates continuously and therefore ask you to send in your CV today.


What EF offers you

EF is international and with a global network of offices and schools in more than 50 countries, EF is able to offer an international career almost anywhere in the world. EF has grown into the largest international education company by hiring people who are street smart and “can get things done”. Their entrepreneurial spirit is at the core of what makes working at EF a ton of fun. EF believes that change is key to business success, personal development, and career progression.

Your challenge:

  • Be part of driving EFs long term financial goals and help set the future direction.
  • Be a key speaking partner on all types of organizational matters and ownership structure questions.
  • Be part of setting up a new dynamic reporting structure to the owners.
  • Be responsible for management reporting and analysis, balance sheet and P&L, management forecasting and investment decisions.
  • Provide a crucial function to the organization, facilitating business decision making, execution and follow-up.
  • To lead, oversee and develop people on your team.
  • At all times, treat the business and organization as if you owned the company yourself, and take a long-term view to do the right thing.

Your Background

To suit this role you have a business degree from a top university in managerial finance & accounting or economics. You have an impressive resume with proven track record as a business partner to commercial operations, in multiple types of roles. You also have great understanding of accounting and management reporting and possess excellent analytical skills and have worked with controlling, as a Finance Manager, or as CFO in a small to mid-sized company. Additionally, it is positive if you have previous experience from a role as Senior Financial Controller, Corporate Controller, Finance Manager, Business Controller or Head of Business Control. Experience from working with treasury is also meritorious.

Personal Qualities

EF highly values great work ethics and a hands-on attitude; you should never be afraid to roll up your sleeves, and fully embraces a culture of ‘’there is no such thing as not my job’’. You are entrepreneurial, flexible and inspired by change; you are comfortable taking calculated risks and embrace new challenges and responsibilities with enthusiasm. You have presence and charisma that make people follow you. It is important that you are willing to travel; as your organization and responsibilities will be in different metropolitan cities and time zones around the world. Most importantly; you have a positive personality, an inner drive for continuous improvement and excellent interpersonal skills.

EF Education First

EF Education First is a global leader in international education, with over a 50-year mission of opening the world through language learning, educational travel, cultural exchange, and academic study. We help people of all ages and nationalities become better citizens of the world. Though we are located in 500 offices and schools across 53 countries, we work together as one team to transform people’s lives through memorable educational experiences.

EF is different to most other organizations. We have over 52 000 staff, and we run the company as a privately-held, giant startup, under the motto ‘’staying small while growing big’’. We are exceptionally entrepreneurial and emphasize a flat organizational structure giving our people a chance to personally make a difference.



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