CFO Greater China

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Greater China is a key market for SAP and a significant growth region for our business. The Chief Financial Officer Greater China is a member of the Greater China Management team, as well as the Global Field Finance leadership team. He/she has a strong focus on direct engagement with key customers and partners. He/She will lead the Greater China Finance Team and orchestrates various GFA organizations (eg COE’s, Global Shared Service Centers etc) to partner with the business in delivering business outcome while balancing corporate stewardship.  The GC CFO provides strong leadership and contributes to people management and talent development for all F&A colleagues, while championing the GFA Finance Transformation.



In summary, the responsibilities are described below:


a) The CFO is a member of the Greater China Leadership team and is directly reporting to the Global Customer Success CFO and

  • Partner with the GC Regional president to lead the regional team into delivery on short term business goals and long term strategy of the region.
  • Trusted advisor to the Greater China leadership team on core finance topics and business insights.
  • Key steward of the regional business to safeguard and mitigate compliance risk.


b)  He/she is part of the Global Finance Leadership Team and has managerial responsibility for the Greater China Field Finance employees with key responsibility in:

  • inspiring team members and creates a winning team
  • provides local functional leadership to local teams of global internal organizations and act as the main interface for all parts of GFA (Shared Service Center, Chief Accounting Organization, COEs etc.)
  • aligns the operational plans of these different functions for the Business Unit
  • contributes to people management and talent development
  • champion SAP GFA Finance Transformation agenda


c) He/she provides effective and efficient deal support including

  • proactive financial advice and oversight in contract negotiations and deal structuring for strategic opportunities to increase revenue and profitability
  • effective and efficient deal support, based on relevant deal segmentation with the respective interaction to the Software Sales and Services Sales organizations
  • orchestrating the commercial finance team to (Contracting, Revenue Recognition) or indirectly Pricing, Financing, Collections, Risk Management etc.)


d) Direct engagement with key customers & partners

  • executive sponsorship for identified customer accounts
  • building strategic networks to showcase SAP portfolio to CFOs in the market which may include public speaking and sharing
  • showcasing “SAP runs SAP”, “Simple Finance, “Innovative Solutions” as well as “Finance Transformation”


e) Accountability for financial planning & analysis

  • partnering closely with the business in leading the planning, budgeting and forecasting activities while providing strong analytical and management input (based on macro-economic, industry and internal data for the country/ market unit)
  • provides proactive financial advice and solutions for strategic direction and insight on opportunities/process improvements to increase profitability and revenue and to identify efficiency and growth opportunities
  • is actively involved in the implementation of the go-to-market processes and structures, supports the related financial planning as well as performance monitoring


f) Acts as the representative for governmental bodies and auditors

  • has overall accountability for “completeness” of IFRS and local GAAP books for GC
  • establishes a collaboration routine and regular exchange with the corresponding Chief Accountant, including alignment on the processes, engagement model and escalation path


g) Ensures compliance and governance within the organization

  • acts as a voice of conscience of the company
  • ensures compliance to safeguard trust and high reputation
  • is responsible for any local adaptations of global policies and the local delegation of authority


h) drives key cross topic for the legal entities within Greater China region



  • Bachelor or master degree in Business Administration Accounting/Finance, legal or related business background (Bachelor mandatory; MBA preferred)
  • Ability to manage a large team in a matrix organization
  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Reliability and quality-oriented work
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • Good cross-cultural skills



  • 15+ years of functional experience in Finance/Commercial roles and 5+ years of management experience
  • Controlling expertise
  • Fluency in Mandarin and English is mandatory
  • International experience



Shanghai, China; or, Beijing, China



> 10% 

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Requisition ID: 361786  | Work Area: Finance  | Expected Travel: 0 - 30%  | Career Status: Executive  | Employment Type: Regular Full Time   | Additional Locations: #LI-Hybrid.

Requisition ID:  361786
Posted Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Work Area:  Finance
Career Status:  Executive
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 30%

Shanghai, CN, 200040

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