Finance Operations Director

  • Avinguda Diagonal, 177, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Full-time

Company Description

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 5,500 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 24 additional offices in the US and 25 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Job Description

The Role

The Finance Operations Director is the leader of the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable teams for Merkle UK. The Finance Operations is one of the 3 areas in the Control area next to Controlling and Finance Systems and reports to the Finance Vice President, head of Finance Control and Operations. 

The role has 2 direct reports (Head of AP and Head of AR) with a total team of 11 people based in the UK and Spain. The team manage the operations for several entities in the UK and Spain with a net revenue of over £95m.  

The Finance Ops Director has a critical role in increasing internal control for all entities and for being a key player in the new Financial systems adoption. 

Life as a Finance Operations Director at Merkle 

  • You lead the Finance Operations Team that oversees AP and AR for Merkle UK with a net revenue over £95m. Your team is located between the UK and Spain. You support, coach the team and help in their professional development. 

  • You are in charge of coordinating the audits. 

  • You drive a continuous improvement plan to continue being operationally excellent 

  • You lead all internal control improvements required.  

  • You help lead the integration into Dentsu as well as other key projects in Merkle. 


What we are looking for in you 


  • 8+ years of strong finance experience (Audit, controlling, etc) 

  • Strong Audit knowledge 

  • Strong Internal control / SOX knowledge 

  • Strong IFRS and Tax knowledge 

  • Reporting experience 

  • Good team and change management experience 

  • Microsoft D365 or Navision knowledge is a plus 

  • Media management experience is a plus 

Additional Information

A few of the benefits 

Whether it’s the joy of working with people at the top of their game or the Merkle social calendar, people love working here – and we hope you will too 

  • Career development through Merkle University and LinkedIn Learning 

  • Free life and health insurance. 

  • Fruit, coffee, tea, cookies available in the office 

  • Friday drinks 

  • Merkle Benefits Club 

  • Breakfast Box on your birthday. 

  • Language Lessons 

  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme 

  • 2 Volunteering days per year 

To Apply 

To apply for this role, please click the apply now button where you will be redirected to our careers site to complete a few further details. 


At the point of application, the candidate must have the legal right to work in the Spain as we are unable to sponsor visas as this time. 

Merkle does not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Experience stipulated in this job description serves as a guide only and all applications will be considered on their merits, irrespective of experience. 

As part of our Diversity and Inclusion agenda, and as an Equal Opportunities employer, if you require reasonable adjustments during the selection process please engage directly with your Recruiter. 

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