Meritas International is an early stage, rapidly growing company in the K-12 private education space (nursery to high school). With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the company is led by a local Broward County private school president who has partnered with Sterling Capital Partners LP of Chicago and Baltimore. Sterling Capital Partners is known for its investment partnership with Sylvan Learning Systems.
Meritas has launched a $500 million international venture to acquire as many as 20 independent programs under the newly formed company, Meritas Schools. With this venture, the company plans to acquire an elite K-12 school in Switzerland and 19 additional schools throughout the world within the next five years. Acquisitions could range from $5 to $75 million depending on the location and size of the school.
Meritas’ mission is to consistently create a quality educational experience for children in the K-12 arena. While each school within Meritas will remain culturally independent, Meritas Schools’ hallmarks will include:
S/he will report to the CFO Meritas International and the CEO based in Switzerland.
The Financial Controller Switzerland will have experiences with rapidly growing, international organizations.
The successful candidate should be a financial controller whose career has been characterized by clear patterns of success and achievement in managing controllership and financial planning/analysis functions in a publicly held environment.
Additionally, candidates will have:
The Financial Controller position requires a person who can immediately assume this role and handle the responsibilities of this position with great skill. It is expected that the successful candidate will be a value-added contributor to the further expansion of Meritas International in Europe.
Specific responsibilities include:
The Financial Controller, Switzerland must be a highly entrepreneurial and proactive hands-on team player with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written).
S/he has a strong tactical experience and is mature and diplomatic. Previous experience gained ideally in a multinational environment, which has included implementation of change and new processes.
Additionally, ideal candidates will:
A bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited college or university and/or a CPA; MBA and/or advanced degree a plus.
Fluency in French and English.
Compensation will consist of a competitive base salary, annual incentive bonus and other components.
Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis. Korn/Ferry shall comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the performance of duties pursuant to this Agreement, including but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state and local anti-discrimination laws to the extent applicable.
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