Functional Controller HR and Legal

Drive constructive financial change across two of our most important global functions

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. 

In order to achieve our long term value creation objectives we are establishing and fostering strong collaboration between our Businesses and Functions. Within this context, your mission in this role is to drive end-to-end financial change for HR and Legal. In doing so you act as a Business Partner to Functional leaders, providing sound financial advice and leadership and constantly challenging the status quo in order to improve functional performance.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a determined project leader with a strong ‘can-do’ mentality and the personality to constructively challenge and influence decision-making? Do you have the drive to achieve meaningful results in an environment with multiple stakeholders and interdependencies? Can you go beyond the financials to communicate the bigger picture while standing your ground? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the position of

Functional Controller HR and Legal

The role and its responsibilities 
This is a global and highly visible role – based at the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – in which you act as a critical and prominent Business Partner to the Functional Leadership Team. You are expected to make a real impact as you guide, challenge and drive long-term strategic planning for the function as well as mid and short-term execution. 

This requires you to bring a financial and economic perspective to decision making, ensuring that sound decisions are made in line with long term value creation while respecting constraints such as corporate policy, strategic ambition, operational goals and targets, as well as legal and social responsibility. This applies across the businesses and at a global level, based on relevant and accurate management information and with regard to key value drivers within operations, projects and capital expenditures to drive effectiveness and financial efficiency of the Function.

Further, you accurately and pro-actively manage all end-to-end financial planning and control, including the establishment of the operational plans as well as the on-going monitoring of the effects of their implementation. In doing so you provide meaningful insights and management information to steer performance by establishing accountability, transparency and the formulation of key value and performance drivers. As such, it is essential you collaborate effectively with corporate departments in order to manage cost allocation/pass-through and accounting processes.

In performing these activities you act as the conscience of the function and you fulfill the Compliance Officer’s role, ensuring correct representation of the functional financial statements and reporting process. You also ensure adequate representation of the functional interests in the development and maintenance of key enablers to radically increase functional efficiency (eg. IM systems, IC systems).

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration and 10+ years’ of experience as a controller in a business environment and/or functional area;
  • Strong strategic thinker with analytical skills and the ability to analyze, organize, summarize and articulate complex financial information for decision making;
  • Able to communicate effectively with management team members and senior leaders in a matrix organization, including the ability to articulate recommendations in a concise and timely manner;
  • Able to prioritize and work with multiple stakeholders simultaneously;
  • Proven experience in managing and leading an international team and delivering change management in a complex business environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including fluent written and spoken English.

Application details
For further information, please contact Ariane Kräutner, Talent Resourcing Partner +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on, reference 180000H2, or use the ‘Apply’ button.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process. 

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.

Keywords: Vacancy, Fulltime, Amsterdam, Finance, Controller, Accounting.

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