Regional RIC Lead South Asia

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Date: Jul 19, 2022

Location: Pune, IN

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/Key Objectives of the Job

The InControl statement and the Risk Management paragraph in AkzoNobel’s annual report are required by the Dutch Corporate Governance Code.


The AkzoNobel Risk and Internal Control (RIC) function drives, develops, maintains and supports Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control within AkzoNobel NV and its operating and corporate staff units worldwide:

  • to ensure that the Risk Management and Internal Control policies and frameworks, guidelines and standards are fully implemented in the organization, with a companywide and consistent approach,

  • to provide reasonable assurance that risks and control related to the overall business objectives are identified, assessed and appropriate decisions and actions are taken.

Ultimately providing a platform where current and future business objectives can be achieved and the obligations to stakeholders, shareholders, employees and society can be met. Resulting in uniform and consistent risk and internal control reporting within the organization and to its stakeholders.


The RIC function consists of 4 pillars, all represented in the RIC management team:

(1) Enterprise Risk Management

(2) Internal Control Framework Design,

(3) Technology & preventive controls

(4) Monitoring & Business Partnering


As a Center of Expertise, with a pool of high-profile experts, the RIC team offers subject matter advice, policies and tools to successfully support our businesses and their employees. The Internal Control CoE supports the business change agenda with specialist knowledge and advice in risk management, fraud prevention, internal control, authorization & automation and continuous improvement.


The Internal Control Regional Team orchestrates the companywide quarterly internal control cycle and monitoring activities, they are the business partners driving ownership at first line and support implementation of sustainable remediating actions creating an effective and efficient Internal Control Framework.


The Internal Control Regional Lead is the business partner of the BU & regional management teams in the region, ensuring adequate set-up of Internal Control Framework and reports into the EMEA regional Lead. The EMEA lead leads the global Monitoring team of regional experts.



  • Business Partnering (challenge & support) Regional & BU management to ensure adequate set-up of Internal Control framework, including set-up of authority frameworks in systems.

  • Member of the regional GBS management team

  • Orchestrate regional InControl cycle and drive RCC meetings within the area of responsibility.

  • Supporting the implementation of proper user management, limiting SoD conflicts and ensuring mitigating controls are in place.

  • Initiates new, updating and changes of instructions, procedures and guidelines in relation to Internal Control.

  • Is responsible for clear and direct communication of these instructions, procedures and guidelines to relevant parties within the region.

  • Support set-up and implementation of mandatory automated and manual controls and monitor effectiveness of set of mitigation controls in case of absence of these mandatory controls.

  • Provide direction, training and support to reporting units in scope.

  • Ad-hoc data and root-cause analysis of identified deficiencies.  

  • Confers with internal auditors to resolve a variety of issues. This includes agreeing on the audit plan, support sites in preparation/exit meeting/review of report and implementation of agreed actions.

  • Monitor completion of audit recommendations, appraising adequacy of management responses and corrective actions implemented.

  • Participates in various working groups/project team to identify and implement new requirements in the Internal Control framework.

  • Cooperate with the Legal Compliance function in identifying control deficiencies, coordinating and executing Internal Control related investigations.

  • Collaborate in special strategic projects at regional level (e.g. crisis management, new ERP, transformational projects, etc.)

Additional for the EMEA Regional Internal Control Lead:

  • Member of the RIC management team.

  • Develop the Internal Control regional specialist’s team (skills & capabilities)


Job Requirements

  • MSc in Economics (MSc Accounting, Business Administration, engineering or assimilated and/or CPA qualifications);

  • > 10 years of experience in the area of Finance and Governance, Risk and Compliance

  • Indebt functional knowledge in Finance, IM, HR and Procurement with ability to oversee complex end to end, global, cross functional processes and their internal control frameworks

  • Indebt knowledge of COSO, ideally Dutch Corporate Governance Code

  • Experience with Finance, HR, IM, shared services assurance processes and controls

  • Proven track record in delivering results in an international matrix organization in the area of GRC

  • Leads from a core set of personal values and sense of purpose in line with the AkzoNobel values

  • Catalyst for change with the ability to drive continuous change

  • Deliver through others/ability to influence people at all levels in the Functional organizations and to build relationships with these stakeholders

  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with culturally diverse teams

  • Pro-active, result-oriented and customer-oriented approach

  • Advanced communication skills, in matrix environment with senior management

  • Demonstrated high level of ethical integrity

  • English proficiency

  • Highly developed analytical skills

  • Has good IT skills and preferably experience with SAP, SAP GRC, SAP Access control

  • Possesses excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing

  • Strong functional knowledge, experience commercial/supply chain is a plus

  • Willing to travel (10- 20% of time)


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