Head of Financial Control

  • Finance
  • Leiderdorp
  • Gepubliceerd op: 26 februari 2019

With over 3 million people that regularly work out, fitness is by far the most popular sport in the Netherlands. Fit For Free and SportCity are two of the biggest chains of health clubs in the country and have recently switched owners. The new Head of Financial Control leads the finance departments, professionalizes the way of working and acts as a sparring partner for the CFO and the business.


It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned athlete or totally new to fitness, Fit For Free and SportCity will have everything you need. The gyms offer the highest quality equipment, innovative formats, affordable memberships and professional fitness instructors.

In 2009, Fit For Free and SportCity came together with the strategy to rapidly increase market penetration in the Netherlands. Over the past 10 years, the two brands doubled their revenue through impressive organic growth and selective acquisitions. Fit For Free now operates 93 clubs across the country and has about 330,000 members. SportCity has 20+ gyms and a total of 55,000 members.

In September 2018 Bencis Capital Partners acquired Fit For Free and SportCity. Bencis put in place new leadership and is looking to strengthen their growth and development strategy. This will enable further (international) expansion and allows Fit For Free and SportCity to continuously improve the quality of their gyms and services.


The Head of Financial Control leads the finance departments of Fit For Free and SportCity. He/she reports directly to the CFO and works closely together with the Head of Business Control and the finance business partners.

A key challenge for the Head of Financial Control is to professionalize the way of working in the finance teams. He/she leads the implementation of automated processes and standardized reporting standards. The Head of Financial Control also drives the adoption of financial tooling that provides real-time in-depth visibility on key financial metrics.

“I’m looking for a Head of Financial Control that combines an open mindset with solid financial and business experience. Our dynamic working environment requires thinking and acting fast, and asks for the ability to prioritize effectively.” – Jerry George, CFO

The Head of Financial Control is responsible for consolidating financials and preparing annual statements and statutory reports. He/she values and impairs assets, monitors bookings and calculates purchase price allocation. The Head of Financial Control is the owner of the financial data model and ensures all financial reporting is compliant with the relevant accounting and reporting standards.

He/she is the primary contact for several external stakeholders, such as accountants and banks. Internally, the Head of Financial Control is in charge of the monthly reporting cycle and provides steering information to the CFO and the finance business partners.

The Head of Financial Control is not just providing the numbers but acts as a sparring partner for the CFO, the Head of Business Control and the business. He/she helps drive results by actively sharing his/her expertise and insights.


  • Master degree
  • Post graduate RA / CPA is a plus
  • 5+ years in top accounting firm and 5+years as Financial Controller or Group Controller
  • Experience in Dutch GAAP
  • Experience with M&A and minority interest structures

Fit For Free works with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
Contact Annelijn Nijhuis at annelijn@topofminds.com for more information.


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