Regional Accounting Manager US,

United States, Illinois, Chicago

Business unit: Specialty Chemicals

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 Manager. The Regional Accounting 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 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
- Implement accounting processes according to the Global Standard Process definitions (GPD)
- Focal point for all accounting and in control matters within a region towards global functions
- Member of the leadership team of Business Area Specialty Chemicals Accounting (BASC)
- Counterpart and sparring partner to Regional Accounting Managers (RAM’s) of other regions
- Liaison with local authorities and internal / external auditors
- Involved in overseeing the Service Level Agreements and financial charges with/from GBS
- Manage and coordinate IFRS and local GAAP specialists, RAC operations team and tax in the region
- Sign-off statutory and legal entity statements
- Align continuous improvement projects with the global continuous improvement management (CIM) team and collaborate in the region
- Gather and deliver monthly management information related to the RAC to global BASC accounting
- Contribute and participate in the finance governance framework of AkzoNobel
- Create RAC budget and manage actual costs
- Lead accounting related discussions and make decisions in the region; translate global policies into region specific GAAP policies and procedures
- General guidance and direction for the Regional Accounting Center, on how to implement and operate accounting processes across the region (align continuous improvement agenda)
- Tactical decision maker on how to organize and service the business from the region
- Sign-off legal local statutory accounts/reports

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


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Specialty Chemicals

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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 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, AkzoNobel accounting processes, systems and organization
- 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/engage the people in the teams
- Ability to drive, take and implement decisions with respect to accounting & reporting and organizational aspects within the finance framework
- Ability to drive changes and transition people, processes and systems from as-is towards to-be organization
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)