Internal Audit Manager,

Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem

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.


Wide ranging international role for experienced and committed auditors

AkzoNobel’s Paints and Coatings adds color and value to people’s lives with a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for the trade, industrial and consumer markets. As authorities on color we aim to provide all our customers with a great color experience and a fantastic finish. Our range includes paints, lacquers and varnishes, as well as products for surface preparation (pre-deco products).

Key to our global success is an expert Internal Audit (IA) function based at Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Singapore. IA incorporates around 30 auditors from a variety of cultural background, with different levels of experience and areas of expertise. Within this context, your mission in this role is to enhance and protect AkzoNobel’s value and values by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight on risk management, control, and governance processes.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a skilled and highly ethical professional with a thorough knowledge of accounting theory, internal control and auditing standards, programs and techniques? Can you work independently with limited supervision when necessary, while embodying an organized approach and the ability to distinguish between the essential and non-essential? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

Internal Audit Manager

The role and its responsibilities:

The role is based at the Arnhem Internal Audit hub, home to around 25 employees including 7 IT auditors and 5 audit managers. The position reports to the Senior Internal Audit Manager.

Our preferred profile for this position of Internal Audit Manager is someone with a finance background holding an appropriate accounting or auditing qualification (RA/RO/CIA or equivalent).

As part of the Global Audit Manager’s team you will contribute to the development of our team and the audit methodology to achieve continuous improvement. You will assume responsibility for one or more Business Units or Functional Areas. This includes responsibility for the development of the Audit Plan, Periodic reporting to management and keeping abreast of developments in the business.

You will be responsible for preparing ,executing and reporting on internal audits, while guiding the team on-site. You act as an ambassador to promote the value of internal audit and actively share knowledge and skills, support the team on technical competencies and behavioural skills. You consistently respond to business requests and gain trust by providing support and guidance ,and effectively addressing business issues and concerns. The work is project based and varies from e.g. auditing the post-implementation of a transition project on a global level, the governance within a Business Unit, the project management of a capital investment, to auditing a sales process in North America or a supply chain audit in Brazil.

Having prepared audit reports you communicate and discuss with management any risks and weaknesses and their potential impact on AkzoNobel’s performance and reputation. You then work with management to develop risk mitigation solutions and share best practices that lead to management action.

This is a demanding role for a skilled manager able to support IAF’s innovative approach to change while managing integrated audit teams. Good communication skills are essential, as well as coaching skills to proactively support teams and direct reports in their development. After 3-5 years of gaining exposure to all layers of our organization in this role you will be perfectly positioned to move on to the next level within IAF or to a business role.

The Arnhem IA hub is predominantly responsible for Europe, South America, North America and Africa, with Asia primarily covered out of the Singapore office. As such, you must be willing and able to travel worldwide for 40-45% of your time including weekends, but for a maximum of two consecutive weeks.


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September 19, 2018

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position, you must possess the following attributes:
- Bachelor or Master’s degree, as well as an advanced degree or professional certification such as RA, CIA, RO, ACCA (or equivalent);
- A minimum of seven years of experience in a public accounting firm and/or in a large internal audit function, ideally in a multinational (manufacturing) environment;
- Ability to lead teams, and coach staff both in team and individual environments;
- A proven ability to work independently. You are also organized, sensitive to deadlines, and able to set risk based priorities;
- Capability to interact with and influence business management at senior level;
- Fluent written and spoken English is a requirement, any other language are considered an advantage;
- Knowledge of SAP is an advantage.
Application details
Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 1800013M or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the application procedure.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated