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Group Reporting Specialist

Date: Nov 9, 2021

Location: Warsaw, PL

Company: AkzoNobel



Job description

  • Ensuring and driving timely, adequate and reliable monthly financial closing process for the Region/Global. 
  • Ensuring quality, effectiveness and efficiency of financial reporting to the Region management and Corporate.
  • Assisting Team Lead and Coordinators with correct consolidation of monthly regional/global financial numbers.
  • Monitoring quality and content of the balance sheet and P&L from an accounting point of view for all reporting units in the regional/global scope.
  • Being accountable for correct and timely financial reporting of the respective reporting entities to the regional management and Corporate.
  • Being responsible for IFRS accounting expert role towards the reporting entities and ensuring Corporate accounting principles compliance.
  • Assisting Team Lead and Coordinators with implementing new accounting and reporting guidelines or procedures in the reporting entities and BUs.
  • Advising on complex matters or questions related to the IFRS subject.
  • Being a key expert for the region and part of the global IFRS expert network.
  • Taking the lead to harmonize and standardize the reporting and consolidation processes within the Regional/Globally.
  • Identifying opportunities to improve and automate processes and controlling and driving continuous improvement.



Monthly closing & reporting process

  • Planning month-end closing activities in consultation and alignment with other Group Reporting Experts.
  • Organizing and setting timetables for the monthly close activities.
  • Preparing regional/global monthly close and reporting instructions.
  • Reviewing and performing validation of the monthly reporting submitted (by local units) to ensure quality of reporting.
  • Ensuring timely, adequate and reliable monthly financial closing process for the assigned region/global, including management of all relevant central consolidation and elimination adjustments.
  • Providing feedback to local reporting entities on quality delivered during month-end closing process.
  • Monitoring inter-company reconciliation process.
  • Providing feedback to Accounting and Reporting employees and local reporting entities on quality delivered during month-end closing process.


Accounting/Reporting performance

  • Pro-actively monitoring the quality of the balance sheet and statement of income for the respective reporting entities. Working together with the local accounting teams and other Finance Pillars to ensure a healthy financial position.
  • Developing and implementing guidelines, in consultation with accounting controllers, which sets the minimum requirements for a qualitative balance sheet.
  • Driving standard monthly closing procedure for the respective reporting entities.
  • Setting the accounting agenda (using accounting dashboard) for the respective reporting entities.
  • Following-up on open accounting issues with the local reporting units and monitoring on the correct and timely solution of these issues.
  • Managing service delivery and accounting performance by local reporting units.
  • Working together with the respective local reporting units to ensure compliance with Corporate accounting principles.
  • Providing functional direction, training and support to local reporting units.
  • Being the subject matter specialist on complex accounting subjects.
  • Regularly interacting with other colleagues on continuous improvements on the closing processes.

Job Requirements

  • Accounting professional with min. 5 years of experiences in accounting (including complex IFRS treatments and/ or with accounting systems), and capable of analyzing complex processes and issues.
  • Working experience in regional/global consolidation and reporting.
  • Working experience in one or multiple regions (global exposure as a plus).
  • Master degree in Economics or Accounting (Chartered Accountant a plus).
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work under severe time pressure during month-end closures and continuously retain ‘an eye’ for the details.
  • Autonomous in organizing our responsibilities and work.
  • Hands on and pro-active team player.
  • Good knowledge of SAP and consolidation systems (preferably HFM).
  • Excellent knowledge in Excel.
  • Full professional proficiency in English.