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Head of Finance - OTRACO


JobReq ID:  48693
Type of work:  Hybrid
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time

Johannesburg, ZA


Bridgestone in Europe, CIS, Middle East, India and Africa (BSEMIA), headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), is a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions.

In addition to our premium tire products, we offer a growing portfolio of tire-centric and mobility solutions. Together with our partners and guided by "Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931, we are  working to accelerate sustainable mobility innovations and solutions. Through innovative technology,  we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers improving how people move, live, work and play.

Bridgestone also benefits from a significant retail network throughout the region – in fact our retail presence in the EMIA region is the largest in the tire industry. Through 17 distinct retail partners, we have around 3,500 outlets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as around 2,500 outlets through our partner network in India. This network offers a selection of services, concepts and mobility solutions.

At Bridgestone we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we maintain with everyday drivers and this extensive retail network is one of the core reasons why.

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In line with the “Bridgestone Essence”, our work environment is based on integrity and teamwork, where everyone can learn from each other and contribute with their own ideas in achieving the coming goals.

We want to hear from people who can take the challenge, unleash their creative potential and contribute to the company success demonstrating ownership, courage and agility. We want you to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and be proud of your work.


Job purpose

We are looking for a Head of Finance to manage the full financial function all financial tasks of Otraco and ensure we use capital and resources are utilised optimally.

This role will ultimately be responsible for maintaining the business financial health and increasing profitability in the long run.

The Head of Finance will support the MD in achieving Company’s targets, always ensuring that all relevant financial and regulatory requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner and in compliance with country specific legal/tax regulations, as well as Bridgestone Group guidelines and regulations.


  • Otraco Head Office, Pretoria

Reporting line:

  • Direct reporting line: CFO - Bridgestone Holdings Southern Africa
  • Dotted line: Managing Director - Otraco

Job Responsibilities:

  • Act as a key business partner to the Managing Director in the achievement of the Company’s midterm plan target, strategy and policy.
  • Identify sources of financial risks, cost and profit opportunities and closely cooperate with other non-financial directors / managers stakeholders to develop and implement appropriate business priorities and actions.
  • Responsible for the coordination, compilation production and reporting of the Actual, Budgeted and Mid Term Plan financial results to the Managing Director and the Senior Leadership Team. Executive Team
  • Perform analysis, provide explanation of variances and make relevant recommendations supporting Top Management for effective decision making, always aiming to achieve Company’s objectives.
  • OPEX, monitor Monitor OPEX and actively working with the different functions to manage spending in line with the company performance.
  • Ensure that the Company’s level of credit risk exposure taken towards the customer’s portfolio, managed by the Credit Dept., remains well balanced and under control in order to achieving targets.
  • Ensure credit reviews are performed and payment plans are in place and executed.
  • Supervise and ensure that all activities performed in the Finance department are done in compliance with legal & tax requirements in all the countries within the region as well as group requirements/procedures.
  • Establish internal control procedures and ensure that administrative, accounting, credit and financial procedures and policy standards are respected and maintained over time.
  • Full ownership and management of the procurement process including the team.
  • Support internal-external audits and JSOX activities.
  • Ensure that all regulations and requirement for Otraco are met, in regard to financial and tax laws.
  • Statutory Compliance responsibilities and Corporate Governance: Manage Audit Risk committee commitments, Balance Sheet Integrity, Solvency and local country compliance is key.
  • Support senior stakeholders on all business reviews, manage budgets across multiple departments/divisions and forecast future needs using a long-term planning process to make informed decisions that improve company performance.
  • Ensure responsibility for the design and implementation of the most effective finance organization, optimizing use of resources in line with overall company strategy.
  • Responsible for management of the finance team which includes but is not limited to talent development, coaching, appropriate discipline as well as teambuilding and motivation.

Education (type & level)             

  • Major/subject:  Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Degree level expected:  University degree (4-5 years)
  • CA(SA)

Professional experience             

  • Level: Snr/Top Management
  • Length: > 10 years
  • Industry: Mining/Automotive beneficial, as a Finance Business Partner
  • Function: Finance 
  • Team management, experience in a matrix organization is preferred

Specific behaviour & attitudes:

  • Strong Positive Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Business acumen.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills –
  • Ability to think strategically with operational effectiveness, while also being practical and hands-on;
  • Open minded; flexible with good customer focus and commercial acumen.
  • Analytical skills, precise, rigorous.
  • Ability to plan, organize and meet deadlines.
  • Act as Business Partner
  • Cross Functional Team (CFT) approach
  • Strong IT skills with deep knowledge of SAP B1 beneficial ERP system, Reporting tools and MS Office – Excel, Access and Powerpoint advanced level.



If you can demonstrate the skills we are looking for and would like to make a difference in a Pioneering company dedicated to shaping a sustainable future of real-world mobility solutions, just click on the Apply Now button and add your CV!

All applications will be reviewed. Our Recruitment team will contact the suitable applicants for the next step of the recruitment process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMIA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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