Regional Accounting Operations Manager,

United States, Tennessee, Nashville

Business unit: Finance Functions

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more livable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Sikkens, International, Interpon, Eka and Chemcraft.
In North America, 4,500 employees work at more than 50 locations to support the Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals Business Areas. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

AkzoNobel Inc.–has an outstanding opportunity for a Regional Accounting Operations Manager. The Regional Accounting Operations Manager is responsible for the Regional Accounting Center (RAC), accountable for all accounting in a region, responsible for period-end closing in region, sign-off statutory and legal entity statements, linking pin of the RAC to other RACs, Business Areas (BAs) / Business Units (BUs) accounting, Global Business Services (GBS) for the specific region and Group Control.
Specific Tasks:
- Manage the Regional Accounting Center (RAC)
- Overall accountable for the quality and content of the financial statements from an accounting point of view in the region
- Overall accountable for correct and timely delivery of the balance sheets and P&L statements for the legal entities in the region
- Responsible for period-end closing processes in the region
- Responsible for the maintenance of the framework of organization, policies, and work processes to ensure an in control status for the region
- Responsible for serving as an expert for the accounting treatment in the region towards other stakeholders such as the BAs / BUs and global functions
- Responsible for managing standardization across the BAs / BUs in terms of accounting and reporting operations and processes
- Focal point for all accounting and in control matters within a region towards global functions
- Country reporting towards corporate functions
- Counterpart and sparring partner to Regional Accounting Operations Managers (RAOM’s) of other regions
- Liaison with local authorities and internal / external auditors
- Involved in (fiscal) sign off and overseeing the Service Level Agreements and services provided with GBS
- Manage and coordinate IFRS and local GAAP specialists, RAC operations team and tax in the region
- Sign-off statutory and legal entity statements and Financial Letter of Representation (FLOR) for all (shared) legal entities in scope of the region
- Align continuous improvement projects with continuous improvement representative and collaborate in the region
- Implement accounting processes according to the Global Standard Process definitions (GPD).
- Gather and deliver monthly management information related to the RAC to global accounting
- Coordinate the allocation of RAC / GBS costs charges to the internal customers (BUs)
- Contribute and participate in the finance governance framework of AkzoNobel
- Responsible for creating department budget and LV for the RAC
- Be able to develop and manage a team and engage team members

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December 31, 2099

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North America


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Finance Functions

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Accounting professional with 10+ years of experience in accounting and reporting, and capable of analyzing complex processes and issues
- Has worked in at least two areas, covering different aspects in the accounting and financial reporting process
- Master degree in Accounting or Finance, preferably RA, CMA or similar
- Expertise knowledge of IFRS, In Control & Compliance Framework, accounting processes, systems and organization
- Full understanding and working knowledge of direct and indirect taxation and corporate finance
- Ability to communicate effectively with counterparts in the organization
- Ability to work and delegate work under severe time pressure during period-end closures and continuously retain ‘an eye’ for the details
- Previous management experience, proven people manager with the ability to build strong teams and lead and inspire others
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening. In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required
All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)