Global Functional Controller Sales & Marketing

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Date: Sep 19, 2023

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.

In Short

The Center of Expertise (CoE) for Commercial Finance serves as a launching pad for financial and commercial talent. The Global Functional Controller for Sales and Marketing (S&M) has three main objectives:
1)    To be the Business Partner or Finance Navigator of the Central S&M Teams.
2)    To support S&M (finance) colleagues of AkzoNobel through advice or guidance wherever needed.
3)    To deliver process, systems, or people improvements projects.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Act as a Business Partner or Finance Navigator for the Central Sales and Marketing (S&M) Teams.
  • Manage the financials of 7 central S&M groups, including the Marketing Management Program team, the Paints Global Marketing and Color team, the Digital (Marketing) Team, and the Marketing Excellence team.
  • Collaborate with the teams to set budgets, forecast advertising and promotion (A&P) expenses and full-time equivalents (FTEs), and ensure cost control.
  1. Provide support and guidance to S&M colleagues. Assist Business Units (BUs) in developing Approval Requests (AR) for Restructuring-programs.
  2. Support the Sales Organization in maintaining and utilizing the BU Request for Approval (RFA) Tool.
  3. Keep track of centrally driven S&M projects using the ANT Tool.
  4. Lead process, systems, or people improvement projects.
  • Contribute to the AkzoNobel 'Fast Forward Finance' (3F) program, which aims to harmonize systems and processes across the organization.
  • Drive projects focused on standardizing financial management of color materials throughout the organization.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates who possess the following competencies and skills:


  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Hold a university degree in Economics or equivalent. An MBA or a chartered controller/accountant degree is considered a plus.
  • Demonstrate an interest in working collaboratively with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams.
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience in various financial functions.
  • Possess a solid understanding of accounting principles.
  • Previous experience in project management.
  • Exhibit commercial sensitivity and affinity.


  • Demonstrate a results-driven mindset, with a hands-on approach and strong analytical skills.
  • Capable of overseeing the big picture while also understanding the finer details.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively as a team player in complex-matrix organizational structures and in cross-functional teams.
  • Skilled in structuring and standardizing high volumes of activities.
  • Proven as a self-starter, problem solver, and implementer.
  • Maintain a "building" and positive mentality.


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 with an above average number of annual holidays.
  • 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 you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner. Send an email to

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps. An online assessment might be part of the selection process. 

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: 30871