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Regional Controller M&P North America

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Date: Feb 22, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, US

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 Regional Controller is responsible for finance objectives within the local organization and acts as a senior business partner towards the Regional Director and Management team to drive business and financial objectives, interacting daily with the local team. The Regional Controller will co-formulate a winning strategy, challenge, negotiate and translate into meaningful financial outcome (5 years) to meet profitability and operating flow cash (OCF). 

Key Accountabilities

Portfolio Management 

  • How to play against competition to win, support complexity reduction, align external business developments with own business plan
  • 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
  • Validates and challenges 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 region. Where required, do adequate stakeholder management to get the correct approvals for economically attractive business cases.
  • Drive monthly performance against target and strategy and take pro-active measure, if required. Challenge assumptions and performance against market conditions. Formulate and actively drive commercial results 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 including parts managed by other financial managers (eg cogs).
  • Ensure channel profitability (SSO, LSO, Modern trade, project segment) through pricing and mix, rebates as well as (I)KAM support & contract negotiation/compliance support.
  • Identify leakages in revenue, CM and cost, pro-actively comes with proposals to solve
  • 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
  • Drive Productivity, Opex management
  • Benchmark and challenge performance versus competition and/or other MSUs 

Integrated Business Plan Role, specifically 

  • Chairs IR review meeting in case there is a regional IR review
  • Active role in DMR and monetizes DMR
  • Active role in PMR when applicable and monetizes PMR
  • Owns’ the financial projection and analysis
  • Champions one set of numbers
  • Evaluates and critiques the gap closing actions. 

Statutory & Compliance role (applicable for joint venture and publicly listed company)

  • Where applicable, Responsible for legal entity in all statutory and accounting matters, ensuring compliance to Memorandum of Understanding and Articles of Association and local Companies Act. 
  • Custodian role for joint ventures, act for AkzoNobel interest. Maybe called upon to be Board of Director where local residency required by local law.
  • Gate Keeper for Tax Compliance (e.g. Condor and some Permanent Establishment)
  • Connect regularly with RAC to ensure business decisions and events are properly recorded in the financial statements and forecasts, while understanding the opportunities and risks that could occur from the B/S. 

Experience Requirements

  • At least 7+ years of relevant work experience in Finance and Control 
  • Business partner skills and result oriented, in addition has a practical understanding of ERP and Finance systems
  • Has a stable view and has strengths to challenge local MT members in order to achieve financial targets on short as well as on longer term 
  • Excellent analytical skills and able to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to see the big picture and interest to dive into details when needed
  • Strong people management and interpersonal and communication skills, ability to drive (cultural and organizational) change across different finance pillars
  • Strong personality, ability to challenge senior management also on tactical decision preparation
  • Excellent knowledge of the local language, both written and spoken. English is a must
  • Working knowledge of systems (SAP, Hyperion) 
  • Preference for experience in Six Sigma or Lean

 

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: 8884

 

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