Functional Cost Controller

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Date: Jul 28, 2022

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

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 and are in the functional leadership team. They provide critical financial insights into the performance of the Functions and their future potential. In parallel they are objective voices and governors of the company’s processes and policies. The Controllers are supported by a team of analysts based in our Global Business Service center. 

Key Objectives
1. Using analytical insight and stakeholder management skills, support, challenge and bean objective sounding board for the responsible Executive Committee members and  their management teams in planning, forecasting and developing initiatives to achieve their and the company’s strategic opex goals.
2. Analyse and review the financial performance of the Functions on a monthly, quarterly, annual and adhoc basis providing transparency and clarity to the Functional budget  holders plus Executive Management. The analysis should serve to underpin critical strategic decision making for projects and initiatives. 
3. Together with the analysts, act as the link between the functions and the finance community. Ensure the accuracy of the accounts by actively liaising with the local, regional and corporate accounting teams and wider finance and Global Business Services 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.

Key responsibilities

  • Be the go-to expert finance person for the C-suite Functional Leaders and their teams. 
  • Jointly define functional goals and deliverables in collaboration with the functions and 
  • translate these into financial strategic plans, annual budgets and quarterly forecasts. 
  • Be an objective sounding board and active member of the leadership team. 
  • Ensure business opportunities are identified, communicated, and developed whilst proactively mitigating risks. Proactively track the materialization of plans against the original business cases. 
  • Responsible for functional cost reporting, ensure integrity and transparency of the results on a monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc basis. 
  • Govern and adhere to corporate policies and processes. 
  • 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. 
  • Follow up with respective accounting teams around the world when action is necessary.
  • Facilitate insights in (external) benchmark data to support functional target setting and cost agility (discretionary, variable and fixed cost elements).
  • Lead and/or participate in discussions on 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. 
  • Coach and guide the team of analysts as they develop their professional skills. 
  • 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

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
  • STI Bonus
  • 30 vacation days
  • Hybrid working. As per  May 2022,  60/40%. (2 days home office)
  • Participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
  • Travel expenses to and from work
  • Opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered.

If applicable, it is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands.

If you have any questions, please only send an email to: to the attention of Ashna Badal . No messages via LinkedIn please.

Acquisition in reference to this vacancy will not be appreciated.


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: 22142