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Internal Control Specialist

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Date: Aug 28, 2021

Location: Warsaw, PL

Company: AkzoNobel

What do we offer:

  • Becoming part of a high performance professional team, consisting of professionals with various areas of expertise.
  • Being able to broaden your perspective in this global role. Our department guides, assists and challenges AkzoNobel (senior) management in all process areas.
  • Advancing your career within AkzoNobel as you will be exposed to various businesses, processes and tooling within a complex international environment.


Your responsibilities:

  • Supporting and driving implementation of the AkzoNobel Internal Control Framework.
  • Business partnering with the Regional Management and other stakeholders, and translating requirements within the Corporate Internal Control agenda.
  • Monitoring all internal control related activities within the Region and providing support and aligning with other internal control staff and systems experts regarding follow up on regional activities.
  • Supporting standardization and best practice sharing of control framework within the Region and across and in cooperation with the businesses, functions and service centers.
  • Embedding a process improvement culture, driving process and control improvement and realising benefits.
  • Advising the entities on segregation of duty conflict reduction and associated mitigating controls.
  • Driving monitoring of Business Authority procedures and other applicable governance policies and procedures.
  • Liaising with Internal Audit on the scope and timing of audits, and supporting management on preparation, agreement on findings and follow up of related actions.
  • Driving an adequate reporting process on internal control related items relevant to the activities located in the Region.
  • Providing direction, training and support to the reporting units located in the Region.



  • Master's degree in IT and/or Finance & Accounting oriented study preferably supplemented with a post-graduate certification (e.g. ACCA/CIMA/RA/RE/CPA/EDP or CIA/CISA/RO or Six Sigma Yellow/Green/ Black Belt/ PMP / Prince2 Foundation).
  • Minimum 5 years of job relevant experience (in finance, controlling / accounting and reporting) and a solid knowledge base in AkzoNobel GBS or Business Units is considered a plus.
  • Strong financial process knowledge in e.g. I2C and R2R processes.
  • Competent user of MS Office (mainly Excel) and data analytics tooling with strong analytical skills.
  • High concern for quality, accuracy and data.
  • Effective communication and collaborative skills, networker, trainer.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with teams from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Absolute ethical integrity leading by example.
  • Ability to drive improvements, act as a change agent and have a hands-on mentality. 
  • Fluent in English.
  • Big4 experience is a plus.