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Become the next Cash Manager with City Financials Expertise (m/f)

27-05-2020 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Our partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Cash Manager with City Financials Expertise (m/f)

Tasks Cash Manager

The cash manager is responsible for operational tasks like forecasting, payments, liquidy management and bank relationship management. Specifically the use and improvement of the TMS, City Financials, will take substantial time.

Ideal Cash Manager

The ideal candidate for this position has corporate cash management expertise. Only candidates with City Financial experience will be considered.

Our Client

Our client is a multi-billion, international company with a large presence in The Netherlands. 

Remuneration and Process

We are in dialogue with our client about the set of tasks and the ideal candidate for this position. Our first feasibilty study shows a limited number of candidates in the Dutch labour market with City Financials experience. As this is a dealbreaker, we already started communicating with the market mentioning this constraint. We invite candidates with this expertise to contact us and find out if this position might be for them. The Treasurer Test might be part of the recruitment process.

Location

Utrecht Region

Contact person

 

T: (0850) 866 798
M: (06) 2467 9339




Treasury Manager wanted for a fast growing services company

13-05-2020 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Our partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Treasury Manager for a fast growing services company with a global and capital intense infrastructure.

Tasks Treasury Manager

The position is newly created. The Treasury Manager will be responsible for:

  • European cash management, liquidity and forecasting
  • Managing and optimizing banking structures
  • Give treasury advice to operating companies, liaise with other finance functions
  • Assist in aquisitions and funding activities
  • Develop risk strategies (FX, IR)
  • Managing regulatory compliance

Ideal Treasury Manager

The ideal Treasury Manager has a relevant University degree and at least 3 years experience in Treasury with operations as a main focus. Experience or expertise in funding and risk management is highly appreciated. Personality & mindset are at least as important as treasury knowledge and experience. As a person he/she is ambitious, adaptive and thrives in a dynamic environment. He/she is able not only to be the expert but also the result oriented project manager taking the organisation to the next level.

Our Client

Our client is a fast growing services company with a global and capital intense infrastructure. The company is innovative and the culture is Anglo-Saxon company culture. The company has a clear strategy, aims high and gets results through acquisitions and autonomous growth. Further investments are currently being done to bring the organisation to the next (professional) level, there is a willingness to invest.

Remuneration and Process

Our client offers a market level salary, the expected annual base salary will be about €70K. For candidates that obviously bring more, our client is willing to pay more. For interested candidates who qualify, a more elaborate job description is available. The Treasurer Test might be part of the recruitment process.

 

Location

South-West Netherlands

 

Contact person

 

T: (0850) 866 798
M: (06) 2467 9339




New Job Opening: Treasury Manager (m/f)

29-04-2020 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Our partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Treasury Manager for a fast growing services company with a global and capital intense infrastructure.

Tasks Treasury Manager

The position is newly created. The Treasury Manager will be responsible for:

  • European cash management, liquidity and forecasting
  • Managing and optimizing banking structures
  • Give treasury advice to operating companies, liaise with other finance functions
  • Assist in aquisitions and funding activities
  • Develop risk strategies (FX, IR)
  • Managing regulatory compliance

Ideal Treasury Manager

The ideal Treasury Manager has a relevant University degree and at least 3 years experience in Treasury with operations as a main focus. Experience or expertise in funding and risk management is highly appreciated. Personality & mindset are at least as important as treasury knowledge and experience. As a person he/she is ambitious, adaptive and thrives in a dynamic environment. He/she is able not only to be the expert but also the result oriented project manager taking the organisation to the next level.

Our Client

Our client is a fast growing services company with a global and capital intense infrastructure. The company is innovative and the culture is Anglo-Saxon company culture. The company has a clear strategy, aims high and gets results through acquisitions and autonomous growth. Further investments are currently being done to bring the organisation to the next (professional) level, there is a willingness to invest.

Remuneration and Process

Our client offers a market level salary, the expected annual base salary will be about €70K. For candidates that obviously bring more, our client is willing to pay more. For interested candidates who qualify, a more elaborate job description is available. The Treasurer Test might be part of the recruitment process.

 

Location

South-West Netherlands

 

Contact person

 

T: (0850) 866 798
M: (06) 2467 9339




Wanted: Cash Manager with City Financials Expertise (m/f)

22-04-2020 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Our partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Cash Manager with City Financials Expertise (m/f)

Tasks Credit Analyst

The cash manager is responsible for operational tasks like forecasting, payments, liquidy management and bank relationship management. Specifically the use and improvement of the TMS, City Financials, will take substantial time.

Ideal Credit Analyst

The ideal candidate for this position has corporate cash management expertise. Only candidates with City Financial experience will be considered.

Our Client

Our client is a multi-billion, international company with a large presence in The Netherlands. 

Remuneration and Process

We are in dialogue with our client about the set of tasks and the ideal candidate for this position. Our first feasibilty study shows a limited number of candidates in the Dutch labour market with City Financials experience. As this is a dealbreaker, we already started communicating with the market mentioning this constraint. We invite candidates with this expertise to contact us and find out if this position might be for them. The Treasurer Test might be part of the recruitment process.

 

Location

Utrecht Region

 

Contact person

 

T: (0850) 866 798
M: (06) 2467 9339




Duplicate Payments: Instability with Multiple Platforms

| 24-06-2019 | BELLIN |

It is an arduous request for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) payment platforms or IT department to provide ample protection against duplicate payments and cyber-fraud.  Though it can be tempting to assume administrative controls can provide protection, the facts can show otherwise. Supplier invoice payments are typically the largest annual payments and consequently, represent the highest amount of risk.

According to an Acculytic’s report on duplicate payments, “industry studies have shown that the rate of duplicate payments can be as high as 3%. In fact, 20% of the best performing companies, responding to the 2013 ePayables survey performed by Ardent Partners, had an average duplicate payment rate over 1%.”

Acculytic’s report also stated that “the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM) concluded that a quarter of the respondents reported duplicate payment rates between 0.1% and 0.5%. Applying these rates to different purchase volumes suggests the following rate of duplicate payments may be generally applied across all organizations.”

Rate of Duplicate Payments ($)
Purchase Volume 0.1% 0.5% 1.0%
$10,000,000 10,000 50,000 100,000
$50,000,000 50,000 250,000 500,000
$100,000,000 100,000 500,000 1,000,000

How duplicate payments and payment fraud can bypass controls

Even the most sophisticated controls still have their pain points. Here are 5 ways that duplicate payments and fraud can unhinge even the best administrative controls:

1) Human error transcends even the most secure systems.

Regardless of how technologically-sound and secure an ERP or IT infrastructure is, mistakes can always occur. Such systems can typically alert when duplicate payments occur by executing matching runs. However, matching runs are incapable of determining if there was an error earlier in the submission phase.

2) Multiple systems leading to inefficiency

The presence of multiple systems is not rare with large multinational organizations. Payment processing becomes more complex in terms of ensuring ample security is present. The seamless connectivity between all systems is a paramount function to be able to detect duplicate payments.

3) Platform migration limbo period presents payment risk

When migrating from one platform to another, there is often a period in which one platform is introduced before the initial is removed. That period before the legacy platform is removed causes a risk for duplicate payments.

4) Administrative controls: biggest strength is a potential weakness

Automation comes with pros and cons and is effective with routine tasks but your integrated controls systems can hamper the speed and efficiency of your productivity. Duplicate payments are detected based on the parameters set and if there are too many parameters, a majority of payments will be flagged. With too few parameters, duplicate payments will slip through the cracks.

5) Accounts Payable are susceptible to internal fraud

Automated detection is a first line of defense but cannot factor in employees that are extremely familiar with the parameters and know how to evade detection. Invoices under certain amounts tend to not require secondary approval, leading to undetected invoices being processed.

3 essential ways a centralized platform can prevent duplicate payments

  1. Seamless data extraction for routine analysis that will not slow operations.
  2. Ability to consolidate and analyze data from any subsidiary or location.
  3. Digestible data that is concise with the system providing relevant alerts for fraud or issues in payment processing.

Bonus function: the ability to analyze historical payments and check for duplicate payments, tax or currency problems, contractual compliance, etc.

Eliminate duplicate payments with a centralized platform

For comprehensive protection, BELLIN’s treasury management system, tm5, will seamlessly connect all of your banks and enable you to process payments and view master vendor information. The centralized platform allows you to connect any system to any bank giving you a true, single-window view of your worldwide banking data.

With company-wide visibility as a core competency of tm5, users can monitor payment and vendor information through the entire workflow. Consequently reducing the chance for duplicate payments that originate from external or internal sources.

Treasury management systems are both innovative and extremely helpful. Knowing this, treasurers are tasked with realizing and dealing with the limitations of having multiple systems. Centralizing payment processes with automation that ensures security is an extremely efficient way to maximize controls and minimize the chance for duplicate payments to occur.


Martin Bellin

Founder & CEO at BELLIN

Webinar: Optimize your payment processing security

| 13-6-2019 | BELLIN |

How to optimize your payment processing security via administrative control

This webinar installment takes a deep dive into the need for a centralized payments platform that maintains a hyper-focus on security. Join in as we discuss, how the essential synergy between technical security specifications and administrative controls creates optimally safe and efficient processes.

Webinar start: 27 June 2019 | 16:00 CEST
Webinar run time: approx. 20 min

Register here

Katja FranzPresenter
Katja Franz, Senior Treasury Consultant

A graduate of International Business at Fachhochschule Trier and European Business & language at National College of Ireland, Katja Franz has a background in treasury and cash management that has spanned the globe. With experience in banking and reconciliation at Hertz Europe, cash and credit administration at State Street Bank, as payment implementation specialist for Bankhaus August Lenz and as freelance consultant, she has brought success to projects across banking and treasury.

At BELLIN Katja has brought her experience and her passion to the BELLIN treasury consulting team, focusing on treasury management software, project management and process optimization. She is a keen team player who is committed to her work and always eager to learn something new.

About BELLIN

BELLIN is the global leader in technology for corporate banking and treasury. We provide solutions for the financial sector, catering to a range of clients from large multinationals to SMEs and banks. Founded by a treasurer, BELLIN has been championing innovation and out-of-the-box thinking since 1998. With the treasury software tm5 as the centerpiece, BELLIN makes a fundamental difference by offering solutions that zero in on the relationship between corporates and banks and cover everything from payments to FX, cash and risk management. BELLIN is an international company with offices on four continents, powered by a trailblazing fintech spirit and yet firmly rooted in the heritage of German craftsmanship and engineering. BELLIN delights 500 clients and over 80,000 users around the globe.

 

 

The (Im)possibility of Liquidity Planning

| 07-06-2019 | BELLIN |

Defining and establishing liquidity planning workflows

Liquidity planning is extremely essential. Companies can survive a certain amount of time without making a profit. However, they will go down within just a few days if they lack the necessary liquidity. Therefore, liquidity planning is high on any treasury’s agenda.

Suddenly, cash was in short supply. Everything ground to a halt. Indeed, the crisis of 2008 has shown how important it is for companies of all sizes and industries to plan with liquid assets. They have to ensure that liquidity fluctuations will be hedged adequately and that times of tight liquidity can be overcome easily. Even long-term profitability cannot always serve as a guarantee that financial markets will be able to provide sufficient liquidity in times of crisis – unless waterproof strategic agreements for financing liquidity shortages were concluded long before the crisis. Liquidity planning is not the same as planning a company’s cash balance. Instead, it forms a basis for strategic hedging decisions in interest, currency and commodity management.

When you begin dealing with liquidity planning in your business, you may be disappointed at first. You will not be able to transfer experience from a balance sheet and profit and loss (P&L) calculation. As a first step, you will need to define liquidity planning and set your treasury’s liquidity planning goals.

Liquidity Planning Versus Cash Management

Liquidity planning serves to illustrate cash flows from all organizational units over time. lt distinguishes between different cash flows, e.g. customer payments and HR payments. The timeline – the underlying planning horizon – usually includes the next six to twelve months. However, certain business models may require planning several years in advance. Never confuse liquidity planning with daily cash management, which focuses only on future balances of individual bank accounts and on creating daily cash forecasts.

The quality of balance sheet and P&L planning is determined by its accuracy. The better the planning, the more accurate the predictions. In the relationship of balance sheet and P&L to liquidity planning, the most important factor is the end result: both plans should result in the same balance at the end of a period. To ascertain this figure alone, a treasury department would not need to create its own liquidity plan. Yet from a treasury perspective, the projected balance is only a means of checking plausibility at the end of the planning horizon. Even the smallest change in an underlying transaction or payment can lead to significant changes in the final result, without affecting overall corporate success or reducing the quality or even sense of liquidity planning as a whole.

A Basis for Hedging

Determining a precise cash balance at the end of a particular planning horizon is not the goal of liquidity planning. Its focus lies on analyzing the differences between an original plan and a rolling plan. The treasury department bases hedging decisions on the original plan. Then, it examines the reliability of these risk management measures. If the treasury finds significant inconsistencies, it can swap or create new foreign exchange deals, negotiate new credit lines or revise the maturities of interest­ bearing transactions.

Liquidity planning is possible. However, it is impossible to plan liquidity in terms of cash on hand at a particular date. With this different goal in mind, liquidity planning becomes the basis for strategic hedging decisions. Only a liquidity plan that is kept up to date can provide information on when to expect cash flows in foreign currency,  when group companies need more liquidity within the  planning period and when excess liquidity will be returned.

Interest and Currency Risk

Liquidity planning is not just about liquid assets, however. Flawed planning can have negative side effects, particularly with regard to financing and related interest. High interest rates can reduce income and reserve assets of companies that are notoriously short, i.e. always in a position of net debt. At the opposite end of the spectrum, companies in a «long» position, i.e. those who have sufficient liquidity to finance their ongoing business, miss out on interest earnings. They rarely consider such opportunity interest.

Interest topics aside, liquidity planning also deals with the somewhat more complex issue of foreign exchange risk. Currency exposure can also affect cash on hand. The media frequently circulate striking examples, although they often wrongly blame derivatives for lack of liquidity or financial losses. In any case, it is important to note that a shift in exchange rates may have a decisive influence on the liquidity development of companies active in countries with foreign currencies.

Liquidity planning made easy in tm5

With tm5’s cash and liquidity management solution, users benefit from real-time liquidity management across your entire corporate group.

Our technology lets you make short-term or long-term liquidity forecasts across all subsidiaries in the corporate group. Be prepared for all eventualities.

  • Make use of scenario planning via detailed financial reports that enable you to stay on top of cash flow management
  • Generate payment forecasts in different transaction currencies
  • Define your individual planning categories
  • Conduct plan comparisons
  • Use your own capacity for effective planning, whether it be a matter of days – or years – into the future
  • Consolidate planning data across all subsidiaries within your corporate group
  • Use a reconciliation matrix to resolve intercompany conflicts
  • Aggregate liquidity planning on a group-wide level
  • Calculate hedging ratios and your company’s refinancing strength based on any possible scenario.

Product: Cash & Liquidity Management

Room to Breathe

No company can exist without liquidity planning: it would be incapacitated within just a few days. Primary liquidity risk factors take a company’s liquidity – its room to breathe. Cash management is essential for short-term planning horizons. In the medium and long term, companies require a liquidity plan, a prerequisite for meaningful risk management, which is cleanly separated from corporate financial planning. These two topic areas deal with interest and currency management from different perspectives. Companies need to ensure a basic liquidity supply, consider supply costs and take into account possible fluctuations caused by currency exchange factors.

Martin Bellin

Founder & CEO at BELLIN