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MSU Controller France / Directeur Financier Business Unit (H/F)

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Date: May 3, 2021

Location: Montataire, FR

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.


Would you like to add colours to your career?

We are looking for a seasoned Finance Professional to join our team in Montataire (France) to lead in the executive role as MSU Controller for one of the largest and complex MSUs in AkzoNobel, MSU France in the BU Decorative Paints EMEA.

The MSU Controller reports to Head of BU Finance and acts as a senior business partner towards the MSU Director and Management Team to drive business and financial objectives, interacting daily with the team (3 direct reports and 5 indirect reports).


There are multiple routes to market in the MSU: (1) Retail, including E-Commerce & Export, and (2) Professional, including an own stores business of 120 owned stores, ~100 Independent Wholesalers & a Franchise Network.


The French Deco business has started a strategic transformation journey in 2018, with first milestones delivered in 2020. He has a large responsibility in the continuation of this transformation.

Responsibilities :

  • Contribute to the MSU and functional strategic plan as a member of the MSU management team. Be the financial “conscience’ actively involved in development of business objectives and lead key development projects.
  • Develop plans: realize, control, report and optimize the financial strategies, policies and processes for the MSU. This in line with corporate guidelines, French laws and regulations, functional standards, best practices and business/company strategy, in order to contribute to the business strategy and decision-making.
  • Main performance KPI's include: Revenue, Contribution Margin, Operating Expenses and Commercial Result.  Also, on Balance sheet: Stores inventory, Accounts receivable (including managing ageing).
  • Oversee and direct the financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting efforts including capital, short- and long-term planning, financial modeling and business analysis of performance metrics for the MSU.
  • Be the key driver and linking point for all M&A activities (pipeline priority setting, business case, create synergy, write AR, coordinate approval process, Due Diligence, Integration).
  • Validate and challenge business cases (for NPI’s, restructuring, investments etc) in close cooperation with sales, marketing, FP&A, ISC, accounting, Tax, Treasury and other stakeholders inside and outside the MSU.
  • Drive monthly performance, formulate and actively drive OPI growth, risks and opportunities and closing the gap actions highlighted in the IBP cycle.
  • Overall responsible for the Regional Profit and Loss and OCF delivery (including OWC): Understand all parts of the P&L, ensure channel profitability through pricing and mix / rebates and Identify leakages in revenue.
  • Actively challenge Pricing/Revenue Management and lead Cost control initiatives in order to improve margins in light of (raw material) cost and developments as well as market position and drive Productivity, Opex management.

Job Requirements :

  • Master’s degree in economics, accounting or equivalent and at least 12+ years of relevant of finance experience gained in a global environment.
  • Experience in an industry going through transformation, Preferably from B2B and B2C industrial or FMCG. Preferred experience in retail network with large footprint.
  • Finance transformation experience, you have developed and led finance transformation projects (i.e. large cost restructurings or performance management improvement programs).
  • Strong in stakeholder management to manage the matrix organization around the MSU.
  • Fluent in English and French (or have the willingness to learn), both verbal as well as in writing.
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership capabilities and you are sensitive to cultural differences, independent, self-starting with a good business sense.
  • Able to communicate effectively with all the levels in the organization, including the most senior stakeholders (strengths to challenge local MT members in order to achieve financial targets on short as well as on longer term).
  • Excellent analytical skills (interested in what is behind the numbers) and able to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

Further information :

  • This position will be located at our AkzoNobel Deco France Headquarters in Montataire (Oise).
  • Gross annual salary 13th month's salary + Bonus STI, company car

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

Requisition ID: 8246