Executive, Chief Financial Officer - European Operations



Western Europe (preferably France or Belgium)


Location: Western Europe (preferably France or Belgium

General Inception is pioneering company creation as the first Igniter company. As an Igniter, General Inception brings a new way to partner with inventors to ignite innovation and nurture transformational companies. General Inception becomes a co-founder and brings together domain expertise, seasoned executive talent, infrastructure resources, and capital to nurture and scale growth throughout the entire company journey.

As we start more companies within the life science and deeptech field in Europe, we are looking for a commercially driven Chief Financial Officer with a proven track record of adding value in a leadership role, working alongside scientific founders and management team of our start-ups to drive the ambition of the business.

We are looking for a down-to-earth, talented individual with real hands-on experience, very comfortable running the day-to-day finance function of innovative start-ups. This means getting into the details of the business and operations, not the science but understanding the logic behind tasks and activities performed by the firm, in order to also have the ability to structure the finance function based on your own experience and ability to work within a diverse, multi-cultural team environment.

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills are essential with the ability to present both internally and externally. You will be open, engaging, and have a proactive "can do" attitude.

You will have a proven track record in a fast-growing business environment to provide support to entrepreneurs on Finance, and possibly HR and IS / Infrastructure.

For each start-up we are setting up in Western Europe, you will :

  • actively contribute to the definition and execution of the main Business Plan, with particular attention to cash flow planning and preparation of future financing,

  • Coordinate and supervise all accounting and tax aspects for the start-up, prepare closing of the statutory financial statements of the start-up(s),

  • Review/monitor working capital and cash management, manage all treasury activities with banks and financial institutions,

  • Develop and manage robust and timely reporting, around KPI and financial indicators that provide good quality information to management team,

  • Prepare future financial requirements, structure process and complete equity funding for the firm,

  • Prepare and supervise application to non-dilutive public financing, ensure adequate reporting to relevant public bodies/authorities,

  • Coordinate administrative management activities, ensure compliance with all statutory reporting, tax and regulatory requirements,

  • Lead and develop your functional team in Europe, to prepare for next generation of executives within the Finance department,

  • Identify key opportunities for more efficient operations, including digital solutions covering certain tasks and analytics to streamline operations,

  • Build further our long-term relationship with existing and potential business partners, including venture capital community and financial industry, in the region.


Required Experience and Skills

  • 15+ years of work experience in Finance, ideally with a mix of management at one of the leading Audit firm and experience in a small – mid-size company,

  • Strong skills in accounting and process / systems management, including French and/or Belgian GAAPs and IFRS,

  • Proven experience in preparing, structuring and completing equity financing rounds, with specific experience with Venture or Private Equity,

  • Excellent execution & communication skills,

  • Strong project management background,

  • Strong knowledgeable in implementing Accounting & Information Systems within finance department.

General Inception is looking to engage executives on a part time or potentially full-time basis, with attractive compensation package for the most suitable candidate.

More information about our company is available at: www.generalinception.com

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