Purpose of the job
The Functional Controlling team is responsible for the financial management of the AkzoNobel Functions such as :
Human Resources, Information Management, Finance,Communications, Legal, Facilities and the Global Business Services centers.
The Functional Controllers act as business partners of these functions. They assure the accuracy of the accounts and provide critical financial insights into the performance of the Functions and the future potential.
The Controllers are supported by a team of analysts based in our Global Business Service center.
1. Analyse and review the performance of the Functions on a monthly, quarterly, annual and adhoc basis. Prepare and present the analysis to the Functional budget holders plus Executive Management.
2. Using analytical insights, support and challenge the responsible budget holders to develop plans and initiatives to achieve their and the company’s strategic goals. Ensure
business opportunities are identified, communicated, and developed whilst proactively mitigating risks.
3. Ensure the accuracy of the accounts by actively liaising with the local, regional and corporate accounting teams and wider finance organization.
The Functional Controller is reporting into the Head of Functional Control. The Functional Control team is part of Group Control, reporting into the CFO of AkzoNobel.
The work location is at our Global HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Be the go-to finance person for the Functional Leader and their teams. Jointly define functional goals and deliverables in close collaboration with functional leaders and translates these into a financial strategic plan, annual budgets and quarterly forecasts.
Responsible for functional cost reporting, ensure integrity levels of the reporting of the defined functions on a monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc basis.
Facilitate insights in (external) benchmark data to support functional target setting and cost agility (discretionary, variable and fixed cost elements).
Ensure accounting compliance by taking a hands-on review of the accounts, recognizing complex topics (e.g. in contracts) and liaise with Group Reporting on proper recognition and following up with respective accounting teams around the world where action is necessary.
Design and implement functional cost allocation models on a global, regional and local level for managerial and fiscal purposes, ensures transparency is offered in the centralized leverage of the functions towards the business units
Be a proactive member of the Functional Control team seeking continuously for improvement through collaboration, mutual support, feedback and brainstorming.
Proactively participate in projects and initiatives to standardize, streamline and bring efficiency and digitilization to the Functional Control team in particular but also the wider Finance community.
The organization in total is going to go through a change process driven by the Fast Forward Finance strategy in combination with Grow & Deliver.
The transformation requires strong analytical skills, the ability to create structures & oversight as well as maneuver in a complex IT landscape.
Complexity of the role is driven by :
A large multinational matrix organisation with centralized global-led functions in combination with an ongoing finance transformation and continuous improvement initiatives.
Direct exposure to senior C-suite executives and a global, regional and local network of cross-functional stakeholders.
The reliance on several systems and processes that are also continuously improving
What do you bring?
University degree in Accounting, Economics, Business studies or equivalent. MBA or chartered controller / accountant degree is a plus.
Minimum 7 years working experience in similar business-partnering finance functionwith senior stakeholders, particularly with PnL analysis and budgeting responsibility.
Proven track record to have bottom line OPI impact
Sound understanding of key accounting principles (IFRS) and accounting systems (SAP). HFM is preferable but not mandatory.
Strong analytical skills, business sensitivity / affinity
Interest in working with cross functional and cross-cultural teams
Fluent in English, verbal and written
Oversees the big picture, whilst also understanding the lower granularity
Ability to structure and standardize high volumes of activities, work to deadlines.
Proven self-starter / problem solver / implementer with a result driven, Getting it done’ mentality
A true Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Stress resistant, flexible and open to change.
High integrity and committed to the AkzoNobel values