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Accounting Controller

AkzoNobel Inc • Nashville, TN

Posted 17 days ago

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Job Description

The accounting controller is a local 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 and operational goals for retained RTR, Finance and AN as a whole locally
The local accounting controller role has a pivotal role to ensure consistent high quality and timely group / business and statutory reporting for a set of relevant legal entity entities.
The local l accounting controller reports to the regional accounting controller with a dotted line to the
The local  accounting controller comprises of  6 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 (for – a set of – legal entities)
  • 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.
  • Accountable for the periodic month reporting (by local units) to the region / BU for the assigned legal entities to ensure quality of reporting
  • 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 for the respective legal entities
  • Responsible as first point of local contact of the retained (finance) organization


  • Drive standardization in the local retained accounting processes and standards within the (retained) finance organization and across AN
  • Participate  and share knowledge in programs leaded by the GPDLs and ATD to reduce complexity by standardization (in the RACs), reduction of legal entities
Business partner stakeholder/ Continuous improvement
  • Proactively inform the relevant local 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 raising IFRS business partnering challenges and liaise with the relevant parties to ensure the best suitable business solution whilst at all times adhere to IFRS and Webfem
  • Prioritize and (facilitate to) embed the change in close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders as part of the wider finance improvement plan
  • Initiate and implement cross departmental improvements within the local finance (also the interaction with the other finops processes) and bring these to the attention of the Head of Finance Operations and Regional Accounting Controllers for worldwide implementation
Specific country responsibilities (BA other)
  • Accountable / Responsible for the review, signing and filing of the statutory reporting (statutory reporting, direct tax, indirect tax) of the relevant legal entities
  • 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 control related processes (CSAT, authorization matrix (entity and jv’s),system request) to ensure adherence to specific local legislation
  • Accountable for driving, monitoring and signing off of on treasury / insurance/ pension policies (FX policies, dividend process funding proposal, top ups, deficits, related entries)

Job Requirements


  • Accounting professional with at least 7 years of relevant work experience within finance ( 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).
Job ID: 190001D4
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