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Regional Accounting Controller

AkzoNobel Inc Nashville Full-Time
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The accounting controller is a finance leader who is the linking pin within the operational model (liaising with all relevant stakeholders: Commercial and ISC navigators, FP&A, RAC, ACD and beyond) to meet the AN strategic and operational goals for retained RTR, Finance and AN as a whole.
The regional accounting controller role has a pivotal role to ensure consistent high quality and timely group / business and statutory reporting in the assigned region.
The regional accounting controller reports to the Head of Finance operations.
The regional accounting controller comprises of 4 distinct areas of Accountability / Responsibility for the region:
  • RTR process ownership and manage interactions with other processes and stakeholders
  • Owning legal and reporting entities as will be assigned
  • Accounting Leadership
  • Business partnering for all relevant Accounting activities to relevant stakeholders
  • Specific (BU / Region and / or) local accountabilities / responsibilities
  • Ensure control and compliance as per defined framework
RTR process ownership
  • Pro-actively constantly monitor the quality of the balance sheet and statement of income for the respective reporting entities in collaboration with the Business Navigators (Commercial and ISC), FP&A, Functional Controllers on global/regional/local level, RAC, GBS/Infosys etc.
  • Keep fully informed on all relevant developments in the Commercial and ISC organizations, determine the accounting impact (if any) and ensure such developments are properly reflected in the figures and on the Accounting Issue Tracker
  • Co-sign F-LOR
  • Accountable for the periodic month reporting (by local units) within the region and to ACD FR to ensure quality of reporting
  • Assist ACD-FR for the region and the assigned BU; coordinate regional / BU wide projects and Q&A as needed
  • Co- develop specific guidelines across company one set of minimum requirements for the balance sheet review to ensure that meets the requirements of the accounting controller and ACD FR.
  • Ensure compliance with IFRS, webFEM, local and statutory and fiscal requirements within the region
  • Responsible as first point of contact of the retained (finance) organization.


  • Develop and improve leadership, business partnering and accounting capabilities of the accounting controllers in the region by providing (technical training)
  • Drive standardization in the retained accounting processes and standards within the (retained) finance organization and across AN
  • Participate in programs led by the GPDLs and ATD to reduce complexity by standardization (in the RACs), reduction of legal entities
  • Periodically review the quality of Accounting Controllers (and, as applicable, their staff), maintain the required quality levels, ensure a proper bench is in place and actively manage careers of Accounting Controllers
Business partner stakeholder/ Continuous improvement
  • Take initiative and responsibility for strategic and tactical decision making on how to continuously improve the retained Fin ops processes by interacting with other processes and functions(corporate accounting, RAC’s, navigator, retained accounting) in the region/across the countries.
  • Proactively inform the relevant stakeholders on the outcome of the balance sheet review and indicate potential risk and opportunities on treatments, processes or interactions to ensure a BS and P&L with the proper level of quality.
  • Responsible for IFRS accounting business partnering role towards the reporting entities and ensure WebFEM compliance and legal compliance in general
  • Prioritize and (facilitate to) embed the change in close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders as part of the wider finance improvement plan
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Specific country responsibilities
  • Accountable / Responsible for the review, signing and filing of the statutory reporting (statutory reporting, direct tax, indirect tax) of the relevant legal entities within the region
  • Accountable for managing the internal, external and tax audits for the entities within their regions; in close cooperation with the local Accounting Controllers and ATD (for tax audits)
  • Accountable for the contact with experts (pension, tax, internal and external auditors) to ensure that the RAC obtains the accurate and complete information to produce in a timely manner the correct information for reporting and / or external parties
  • Accountable for the sign off / review of the internal related processes:  CSAT (Accounting controls as applicable – none other), authorization matrix (entity and jv’s),system request) to ensure adherence to specific local legislation


  • Accounting professional with at least 12-15 years of relevant work experience within finance (of which at least a significant part in accounting and reporting)
  • A master degree in Finance or Accounting (where required a registered Accountant with valid CPA or similar certification)


  • Strong leadership skills- Initiating, driving and implementing change in line with the outline strategy for retained accounting (and the broader finance community) by focusing on delivering goals and at the same time facilitate the process in a manner to encourage others to understand and embrace the change in their way of working
  • Hands on, proactive, able to work in a fast paced matrix organization, multitasking, strong requirement to connect with people of various cultures and building bridges.
  • Proven track record in being resourceful: capable of analyzing complex processes and issues under severe time pressure (from theory to practice and vice versa – strategy to operations) and bring solutions and suggestions to business teams for finance, accounting and the underlying processes and principles
  • Clear communicator – proactively and effectively communication with finance and business leadership
  • People manager with the ability to build strong (indirect) teams and (indirectly) lead and inspire others


  • Good analytical skills
  • In depth knowledge in financial accounting (accounting processes, IFRS , webFEM)
  • Practical experience in identifying and structuring departments / processes and helping to facilitate the CI department in the RACs to attain the goals set out for the operating model within accounting
  • Experience with ERP / HFM and merlin (or willing to learn)
  • Fluent in English, both verbal as well as in writing
As a leading coatings company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).

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