Accounting Specialist

Industrie, Techniek
Onbepaalde tijd
5-10 jaar, > 10 jaar

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A high profile role for candidates with the ambition and expertise to deliver high quality reporting, analysis and change management 

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.

Our Finance function is currently working towards a new operating model in which Financial Services, as part of Global Business Support, will serve regional businesses across AkzoNobel. This requires the use of specific accounting systems (a.o. in SAP and consolidation systems) in line with IFRS rules, mainly in the area of record-to-report.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to oversee the success of the new structure, particularly in terms of ensuring that financial activities are compliant with accounting law and regulations (GAAP/IFRS) and that financial policies are applied. 
As such, this role demands a strong knowledge of the relevant systems and an ability to understand and solve problems through intensive contact with controllers. It also demands that you stand your ground while keeping your finger on the pulse in order to understand the wishes of clients. 

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a flexible and committed professional with a results-oriented approach and a focus on service delivery? Can you embrace and promote change while communicating face-to-face with a wide range of clients and financial entities? Are you able to work with deadlines and pressure during month end closing etc? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the position of

Accounting Specialist

The role and its responsibilities 
This position is based at our regional hub in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from where your core responsibility is the execution of reliable, timely and complete specialist accounting tasks and activities as recorded in the global standards. You will form part of an extensive and expert network, reporting to the Team Lead and working closely with the Business and Finance Shared Service Center (FSSC).

Thus you provide quality assurance and reviews, and/or consolidation and statements, for some of the following activities: Financial Reporting; Fixed Asset Accounting; General Ledger Accounting; Inter Company Accounting; Treasury Accounting; Period Close Activities; Statutory and Tax Reporting.

This requires you to review BS and P&L figures and variances on a monthly basis; review and potentially adjust specification; perform and/or review statutory consolidated finance statements; prepare and perform monthly analysis to present to participating business units; assure that all the month end closing deadlines are met.

Further, you provide accounting technical guidance and assistance across the defined region and business regarding IFRS and local GAAP. You also monitor IFRS and local GAAP differences and prepare explanations for required audits and approvals.

In addition you support the (local) business (controller) in explaining, communicating and aligning with actuaries, external and internal auditors. As Key User you are responsible for ensuring alignment with business ERP systems and IT processes.

Across all these activities you ensure that the governance structure is applied and you monitor adherence to internal controls including authorizations. At all times you embody and promote the OneAkzoNobel culture, increase service delivery, standardize processes, drive continuous improvement, and monitor changes in accounting legislation.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:

  • Accounting graduate (HBO) or postgraduate in Finance or Business Administration;
  • At least five years of experience in Accounting, Reporting, IFRS, local GAAP, Performance Indicators;
  • Experience in Business Controlling (preferred);
  • Good knowledge of Accounting in ERP systems, preferably SAP, and an understanding of Consolidation Systems;
  • Able to travel within Europe;
  • Excellent network and communication skills including fluent written and spoken English, with Dutch an advantage.

Application details
For further information, please contact Ariane Kräutner, Talent Resourcing Partner+31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on, reference 170005D3, or use the ‘Apply’ button.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company, 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 are present around the globe, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens and Alabastine. 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.

Keywords: Vacancy, Full-time, Arnhem, Financial expert, Business administration.


Ariane Kräutner

+31 (0)88-010 6789  option 2

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