Senior Internal Auditor

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Date: May 16, 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.

Purpose of the job

An AkzoNobel Senior Internal Auditor contributes to, and coordinates the preparation, execution and
reporting on the assigned internal audits. With the aim to provide assurance on operational processes and to
advise management on risks and internal controls improvements.


As part of a small audit team, assigned to a specific audit engagement, conducting audit work to ascertain the
design and operating effectiveness of the internal control framework. Assessed processes and projects span a
wide range (e.g. Procurement, Manufacturing, Accounting, Sales, HR, IM, …), world-wide, and at various levels
in the organization (Entity, Regional, BU MT, MT of (Global) Functions, 3rd party service providers, joint
ventures, newly acquired business).


You will act as a sparring partner on risks and controls for the audit client, and recommend practical
improvements to increase efficiency and effectiveness of processes, controls and risk mitigation.


Possible extra tasks, besides core auditing:


Act as lead auditor (extra task, allocated to one senior auditor per individual audit) to plan, coordinate and track
progress of the individual audit. Liaise with the audit client, other audit team members and the (Associate) Audit



Audit Preparation Phase


  • Provide input for scoping letter and information request list
  • Gather information via planning calls, earlier audit work, data analytics, requested documents
  • Setup interview schedule with audit client
  • Document preparations in audit workpapers


Execution Phase


  • Validate process understanding with process owner
  • Identify possible risks and verify if controls are designed/implemented
  • Develop test approach for key controls, test their effectiveness
  • Document audit work, assess control weaknesses, suggest improvements
  • Present conclusions in closing meeting to audit client and higher management
  • Time critical phase

Finalization/Reporting Phase


  • Complete remaining documentation in audit work papers
  • Update observations and actions
  • Provide input for executive summary
  • Coordinate completion of audit papers and create draft report
  • Verify documented management actions




  • Attend conferences and workshops to keep up-to-date
  • Share experiences and learning with team members
  • Provide input to improve audit approach.


What do you bring?

  • Bachelor degree in auditing, information technology or business administration, and preparing for professional audit certification such as CISA (or RE).




  • At least 4 years of audit experience in public accounting and/or in a large internal audit function,
  • ideally with experience of a large or mid-sized international manufacturing company;
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and experience applying those


Essential skills


  • Professional skepticism, critical thinking, attention to detail, problem solving, analytic;
  • Sensitive to deadlines and budget constraints;
  • Good presentation and report writing skills;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including good command of English, with any other
  • major language(s) as an advantage.
  • Able to participate in team or project activities with dialogue, facilitation, feedback, clarification, and
  • meeting skills;
  • Experience and able to work with different cultures, management styles;
  • Able and willing to travel worldwide for 40-45%, including weekends, but for a maximum of two consecutive weeks.

What do we offer?

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;
  • Fixed Bonus.


We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and a cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Beslic, Talent Acquisition Partner. Send an email to #LI-Hybrid


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: 29498