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Financial Risk Management Specialist

Date: Nov 25, 2021

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

In short

The Financial risk management specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining analytical, decision-support platforms and risk management approaches for the group while also maintaining daily FX/MM dealing operations for the centralized treasury function.

The ideal candidate is equally comfortable with operational and strategic areas. The position is a launchpad for a driven and ambitious professional, offering growth opportunities within and outside corporate treasury. Key success factors include ability to work with incomplete information and solve problems innovatively with limited resources.  

Key objectives include improve and expand scope of FX risk management framework, FX/MM executions, maintain access to capital markets, supporting corporate finance strategy, bank relationship management, central financial risk management and acting as a functional expert

Key responsibilities

Financial Risk Management 

  • Implement, improve and expand financial risk management framework. Take the financial risk management to the next level and be the change agent. 
  • Review FX hedging framework and introduce risk-based metrics (VaR) and portfolio management principles to FX exposure 
  • Perform daily hedging activities to ensure compliance of group financial risk management framework
  • Perform pre and post hedging analysis of financial exposure to ensure continuance monitoring and improvement to hedging strategy
  • Keep abreast of financial markets and develop tools to detect disruptions early in markets
  • Keep abreast of regulatory changes and their impact on financial exposure 
  • Explore possibility of hedging forecasted cashflow and hedge accounting application
  • Provide analytical and decision support to the global Treasury Function and entities globally 

Capital Markets 

  • Ensure AkzoNobel has access to debt capital market and is able to raise short-term and long-term debt swiftly and efficiently. 
  • Support capital markets transactions like bond issuance, share buyback and liability management. 
  • Steer and lead the annual EMTN update process, be the focal point for dealers, legal counsels and internal stakeholders
  • Make short term investment decision and invest excess liquidity in Term deposits or MMF

Corporate Finance  

  • Maintain and improve financial models related to WACC, Inter-company loan pricing and leverage headroom 
  • Support M&A transaction by advising funding strategy and potential credit rating impacts
  • Support dividend planning and share buybacks recommendations for management
  • Bank and credit agencies relationship management  
  • Be the face of front-office and focal point for FP&A, IR, M&A and legal department 

What do you bring?

We are looking for someone with 8 or more years of work experience with proven track record of undertaking financial analysis, complex modelling and providing financial advice to senior management roles. Front office experience in a multinational corporate is an advantage. 

Relevant university degree, professional qualification like CFA, ACCA or CIMA is an advantage
Next to this you have the ambition and grit to progress and develop in a demanding professional environment. You are a team player who can deal with technically or structurally complex scenarios and have strong analytical skills and the ability to manage and prioritize ad-hoc projects. You have excellent inter-personal skills which are needed to communicate, influence, network and coach. You are culturally sensitive in managing peers and senior business & finance management. It’s important to have attention to detail, a disciplined approach to daily trading activities within control framework and mandate 

You have Experience in dealing FX and MM instruments. Next to that experience with data analytics tools (e.g. Fireapps and Power BI) is an advantage as well as knowledge of international financial risk management (currency, interest rate, credit) products and their markets. Interest in macro-economics and ability to assess impact on business and operations and knowledge on application of hedge accounting is an advantage 
It is essential that you are fluent in written and spoken English.

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • a competitive salary;
  • 30 vacation days 
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan; 
  • travel expenses to and from work
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role
  • laptop, mobile phone
  • flexible working environment 
  • we support in relocation 
  • we provide visa support

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via https://www.akzonobel.com/en/careers. Only online applications will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Merith de Bock, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.

An employment screening may be part of the selection process. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 10497