Accounting Controller

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Date: Nov 30, 2022

Location: Nashville, TN, US

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.

Job Purpose

The Accounting Controller ensures consistent high quality and timely business reporting for assigned legal entities. The role is the linking pin within the operational model, liaising with relevant stakeholders to meet organizational and operational goals. It manages the following areas for assigned legal and reporting entities: Accounting leadership, control, and compliance; RTR process ownership and interface with other processes; and business partnership and continuous improvement.

The position reports to the Head of Accounting in North America and interacts with local business and finance areas, regional and corporate control, and internal and external audit.

This position will lead the control and compliance in the assigned limited number of legal and reporting entities, while relying on the expertise of the Regional Accounting Controller Team.

This position is located at the AkzoNobel North America Headquarters in Nashville, TN.

Key Accountabilities

RTR process ownership for assigned entities

  • Pro-actively monitor the quality of the balance sheet and income statement.
  • Deliver quality monthly reporting (by local units) to the region / BU.
  • Ensure compliance with IFRS, local statutory and fiscal requirements, and internal company rules.
  • Act as the point of contact for and liaise between Regional Accounting Center and local accounting and finance.
  • Liaise with experts (pension, tax, internal and external auditors) and ensure that the Regional Accounting Center has accurate and complete information to produce reporting.
  • Review, sign and file statutory reporting.
  • Review and sign off on internal control processes to ensure adherence to local legislation.
  • Monitor compliance with treasury, insurance, and pension policies.

Key Activities

Business partnership and continuous Improvement within assigned entities

  • Advise stakeholders/counterparts locally (cross functional) and accounting staff.
  • Resolve and seek resolution on accounting issues by adjusting processes, providing feedback and requesting corrective actions.
  • Inform stakeholders on the outcome of the balance sheet review and indicate potential risk and opportunities.
  • Raise IFRS challenges and liaise with the relevant parties to ensure the best suitable business solution.
  • Execute standardization in accounting processes across assigned entities. Understand and implement, where applicable, global processes into local practices to reduce complexity.
  • Make recommendations for improvements within local finance and share best practices.
  • Act as change manager in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders as part of continuous finance improvement.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting. Master's degree in Accounting or related discipline preferred.
  • CPA preferred.
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible financial accounting experience or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Experience in increasing efficiency and effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, IFRS, and financial accounting processes.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures for effective accounting management.
  • Excellent analytical skills to identify and resolve complex issues.
  • Skill to use ERP / HFM and Merlin (or willingness to learn).
  • Proficient with MS Office software, advanced Excel skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interacting with team members and senior management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to drive process improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex concepts to various groups.
  • Ability to facilitate change.
  • Ability to successfully engage with a variety of people at all levels of the organization and external constituents and to coordinate with various functions and Business Units.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced matrix organization independently and in a group environment.


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 25410



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