Financial Controller


Generator is on a journey. Appropriate, given that we're a hostel accommodation brand. The journey began in London, swung through a heap of European capitals on its way to dominating the world. No biggie. Fast Company named us one of the top 50 most innovative global companies. We, of course, agree. And now this top 50 most innovative global company (did we mention that?) wants a pretty awesome Financial Controller for Generator Berlin.


Our spaces are safe and seriously social, in the proudest part of the beating heart of the cities we love. Cultural action, creative pulse and an outstanding way to waste some of the finite time the universe has given you - that's what Generator offers. Holds true for staff and visitors equally, and while chic design is always the backdrop, every Generator in every destination reflects the unique beat of that city's heart.


BEING YOURSELF is the key to bringing the Generator story and brand to life.



  • Responsibility for all financial accounts and accounting tasks to ensure the timely, accurate and correct recording of financial transactions within the property including but not limited to:
  • Prepare and review monthly management accounts including balance sheet reconciliations and property reports
  • Performing in depth analysis on monthly management accounts to be able to present and explain variances vs budget and actual
  • Business partner the property GM and management team
  • Responsibility for property cash flow, banking operations, preparing weekly and monthly cash flow forecasts, bank reconciliations, credit control, revenue reports, loan reports, accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Prepare, maintain and update all finance and accounting registers e.g. credit control, payroll, flash reports, fixed assets registers
  • Manage employee files along with other HR admin duties including payroll and statutory tax filings
  • Support payroll processing on a monthly basis, ensuring accurate recording of staff hours, holiday leave, sick leave and any other allowances
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system and a system of controls over accounting transactions
  • Support Regional Financial Controller on finance projects as required including but not limited to:
  • Prepare the annual budgets with the GM
  • Produce updated quarterly forecasts
  • Prepare benchmarking analysis on key financial revenues/expenditure
  • Present monthly business performance and explain vs budget and forecast
  • Liaise with external auditors to supply all audit documentation and evidence required for year end audit and any ad hoc requests from time to time
  • Submit complete, accurate and timely tax and regulatory filings as required by tax and other local regulatory authorities
  • Report to Corporate Office in London (in English) for all consolidation and financial information requests including but not limited to:
  • The monthly management accounts including detailed explanation of variances
  • the preparation of quarterly and annual reports for the property
  • any ad hoc requests that may be made from time to time


Naturally this is not intended as an exhaustive list of duties. Other duties as may be reasonably required will form part of this job description.



  • Have a high level of business acumen & impeccable honesty
  • Be an excellent communicator and motivator
  • Be highly commercial and always keep us legal
  • Be creative, innovative and a digitally smart
  • You must be eligible to work in the EU to be considered for this role



  • Have an appropriate level of expertise ideally within the Hospitality industry
  • Have qualifications or extensive experience in Accountancy/Finance
  • Highly experienced in analysis and requirement gathering, ideally having operated in an organisation through business change and transformation
  • Established, with a proven track record of introducing cost saving financial initiatives, new systems and processes
  • 3+ years of Finance & Accounting experience in the multi site
  • hospitality operation
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting (accounts payable/general
  • ledger, financial chart of accounts, etc.)
  • Good knowledge of and corporate procedures and financial
  • processes (budgeting, financial closure, etc.)
  • Fluent in German and English
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Must be well organized and a self-starter
  • Detail oriented, professional attitude, reliable
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness
  • Knowledge of working in Oracle Netsuite ERP – Advantageous but not essential as training will be provided
  • Flexible with a can do attitude and the ability to think out of the box and resolve problems



  • Birthday holiday in addition to your yearly holiday allocation
  • Company contribution towards gym membership fees for all eligible employees 
  • Employee Bounty Program providing opportunities to earn up to €1,000 for new hire referrals with no cap on number of referrals made 
  • Idea Generators Incentive - Quarterly award to double gross basic salary for 1 month to employee with most valuable suggestion/feedback
  • 2 free nights’ accommodation across any hostels (subject to availability)
  • Reduced room rates for staff as well as friends and family members (we operate in 15 locations across Europe & US so your next holiday is sorted)
  • Online learning tools
  • Various employee recognition schemes
  • Social events and celebrations calendar



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