Regional Controller ICO Metal Asia

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Date: Nov 18, 2023

Location: Shanghai, CN

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. 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 a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Job Purpose

The MSU/Regional Controller is the end responsible finance role 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. Co-formulate a winning strategy, challenge, negotiate and translate into meaningful financial outcome (5 years) that meet the Grow and Deliver objectives. Translate strategy into regional / MSU operating plan, yearly budget, QRF.

Key Accountabilities I

  • Portfolio management process – 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 MSU. 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 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):
  • 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

Key Accountabilities II

  • IBP Role, specifically:
    1. Chairs IR review meeting in case there is a regional IR review
    2. Active role in DMR and monetizes DMR
    3. Active role in PMR when applicable and monetizes PMR
    4. Owns’ the financial projection and analysis
    5. Champions one set of numbers
    6. Evaluates and critiques the gap closing actions.
    7. Advices on content and agenda for MBR
  • Statutory & Compliance role (applicable for joint venture and publicly listed company): 
  1. 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.
  2. Custodian role - For joint ventures, act for AkzoNobel interest. Maybe called upon to be Board of Director where local residency required by local law.
  3. Gate Keeper for Tax Compliance (e.g. Condor and some Permanent Establishment)
  4. 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.


  • University degree in Finance or Accounting and preferably an Executive Master of Finance and Control (Registered Controller) or CMA or CIMA
  • 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

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 34136 

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