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Date: Apr 7, 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.

Job Purpose

The Functional Controller is responsible for the financial performance management of the globally centralized AkzoNobel Functions. Provides effective management insights and monitors performance progress as well as initiates performance improvement actions to deliver the company’s strategy.   

Being a financial business partner of the global-led functions and supporting the responsible Executive Committee and their management team in planning, forecasting and delivering their financial results. Develop plans and actions with the functional owners to achieve their strategy. Ensure business risks and opportunities are managed to deliver the best financial outcome.
Act as a linking pin between the local/regional finance organization (Global Business Services, Regional FP&A) and corporate finance functions. 


  • Jointly defines functional goals and deliverables in close collaboration with functional leaders and translates these into a financial strategic plan, annual budgets and quarterly forecasts
  • Design and implement 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
  • Responsible for functional cost reporting, ensures integrity levels of the reporting of the defined functions and transformations programs from a consistency and quality standpoint of view 
  • Facilitates insights in (external) benchmark data to support functional target setting and cost agility (discretionary, variable and fixed cost elements)
  • Oversee project controlling to track milestones and deliverables, cooperates with project managers in delivering business cases to support investments requests and accurate financial project forecasts
  • Participate in cross-functional improvement programs such as the Finance Transformation, ERP implementations etc.
  • Ensure accounting compliancy by recognizing complex topics (e.g. in contracts) and liaise with Group Reporting on proper recognition
  • Analyze and report on P&L, Balance Sheet and major projects, as well as set out action to improve the performance of the Finance team as a whole. 
  • Creates an environment enabling team members to develop themselves by challenging them, supporting them and provide regular feedback their targets and competences 


  • University degree in Economics or equivalent.  MBA or chartered controller/accountant degree is a plus. 
  • 10 years working experience in different financial functions
  • Proven track record to have bottom line OPI impact
  • Sound understanding of key systems (HFM, SAP)
  • Understanding of accounting principles 
  • Strong analytical skills, business sensitivity / affinity  
  • Interest in working with cross functional and cross cultural teams
  • Fluent in English, verbal and written
  • Experienced people manager
  • Oversees the big picture, whilst also understanding the lower granularity 
  • Ability to structure and standardize high volumes of activities
  • Proven self-starter / problem solver / implementer
  • Result driven, ‘Getting it done’ mentality 
  • Team player, also in complex-matrix organisation and cross-functional teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • High integrity and committed to the AkzoNobel values 
  • Flexibility is key

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;
  • 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 and mobile telephone
  • flexible working possibilities

More information and how to apply
We welcome your online application via www.akzonobel.com/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.

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, 2 interview rounds and further steps. 

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: 9181