Program Controller m/w


Key information

Finance and management
Support functions
Employees / Staff
Dr.-siegfried-straße 35745 herborn, GERMANY
Regular Full time, Full-time
Master Degree
More than 8 years
English Intermediate

Job description

  • • Actively manage the validation of sales proposal and program launches
  • • Monitor RTDI expenditures
  • • Verify consistency between the costing model and the actual cost of first
  • • In relation with sites controllers, coordinate at program level the process of
estimating production costs (bills of materials, process sequences, etc.) and
analyze differences, working closely with the site controlling teams and
operational staff concerned
  • • In relation with sites controllers, ensure that measures to optimize
inventories/work-in progress and production costs are sufficiently robust to
achieve objectives
  • • Manage the process for preparing and updating the business plan (BP) for the
  • • Help justify and document accounts (IFRS 15 positions, provisions,
inventories and work-in-progress, business plan, capitalization files, etc.)
  • • Organize and produce reports and ensure management oversight at the
various levels of the company's organization (monitor progress vs. forecasts,
analyze differences, etc.)
  • • Help operational managers coordinate their activities and achieve their
objectives (improvement plan)
  • • Produce economic studies as and when needed advise the operational
manager of your perimeter
  • • By your attitude and position, ensure the financial control of operational
activities and contribute to decisions with an economic impact.
You will use the company's information systems and processes and work in
conjunction with members of the program teams, project managers,
operations PMOs and operational managers in the perimeter to which you are
You are responsible of the monthly financial reporting of your program portfolio and provide detailed analysis of program operational and financial performance. You are involved in the audit, both external and internal, and in the budgetary controls.

Complementary description

Safran Cabin is looking for a new Program Controller. The position will be based in Herborn and reports directly to the Safran Cabin Branch Program Controller.
In collaboration with sites controllers, program managers, divisions' management and more generally with all operational departments involved in the program (sales, purchasing, production, engineering …) you are involved on a daily basis in the program life and committed to managing the financial controlling of a portfolio of programs within Safran Cabin. These programs can be multi-sites, at different stage of maturity (in development, in production…) and with various customers (airlines, aircraft manufacturers…). You are also a key player in the sales proposal validation process.

Job requirements


  • • Master in Business, Accounting or Engineering
  • • 7 to 10 years of experience in finance, including experience in operational controlling /cost accounting/ program controlling
  • • Proficiency in Office applications (Excel, Power BI, etc.)
  • • Ability to build and interpret a business plan
  • • Experience in reporting and forecasting processes for a major corporation is a plus
  • • Project management skills
  • • Understanding of the components of cash flow generation
  • • Knowledge of the supply chain process (MRP2, S&OP, PMP, etc.) is a plus
  • • Understanding of ERP and management data (purchasing/production module, etc.)
  • • Knowledge of IFRS standards impacting program and contract accounting (IFRS 15, IAS 38,…)
  • • Fluent in English and German, French is a plus
  • • Ability to prevent and manage conflicts
  • • Ability to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Unquestioned business ethics, honesty, transparency and integrity
  • • Strength of conviction, ability to make the right decisions, ability to lead and communicate and to interact at all levels within the organization and influence processes across multiple functions and stake holders
  • • Thorough attention to detail and accuracy
  • • Demonstrates ability to implement change and drive results
  • • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • • Capacity to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with multiple concurrent assignments
  • • Aerospace industry is a plus
  • • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally. Travel expected to be less than 25%

Specificity of the job

Travel expected to be less than 25%

Company information

Safran Cabin

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin provides all elements of a seamlessly integrated Cabin Interior. From the overhead bins, lavatories and galleys to crew rests and cargo containers, either as independent world class products or as a fully integrated cabin. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach in Southern California, USA and operates 30 sites in 11 countries. The over 13.000 employees across the globe serve virtually all the airlines, aircraft leasing companies and airframe manufacturers worldwide.

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