Internal Control Authorization Expert

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AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

The In Control statement and the Risk Management paragraph in AkzoNobel’s annual report are required by the Dutch Corporate Governance Code.
The AkzoNobel Risk and Internal Control (RIC) function drives, develops, maintains and supports Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control within AkzoNobel NV and its operating and corporate staff units worldwide:
- to ensure that the Risk Management and Internal Control policies and frameworks, guidelines and standards are fully implemented in the organization, with a companywide and consistent approach,
- to provide reasonable assurance that risks and control related to the overall business objectives are identified, assessed and appropriate decisions and actions are taken.
Thus providing a platform where current and future business objectives can be achieved and the obligations to stakeholders, shareholders, employees and society can be met. Resulting in uniform and consistent risk and internal control reporting within the organization and to its stakeholders.

As a Center of Expertise (CoE), with a pool of high profile experts, the function offers subject matter advice, policies and tools to successfully support our businesses and their employees. The Internal Control CoE supports the business change agenda with specialist knowledge and advice in risk management, fraud prevention, internal control and continuous improvement.
The RIC function consists of 3 pillars, all represented in the RIC management team: a corporate team, regional teams and the Office.

Key Accountabilities
  • Analyze, design and define the implementation plan for complex SAP role assignments and centrally managed SAP role changes;
  • Perform quality reviews on SAP roles;
  • Propose, approve and communicate improvements for reduction of Segregation of Duties conflicts;
  • Drive standardization and propose, approve, and communicate exceptions;
  • Perform impact assessments on changes in the IT landscape, on new and changed Segregation of Duties conflicts; define implementation plan;
  • Gathering support and convincing 1st line to implement adequate access controls and balancing the cost of control and the risk level;
  • Constantly creating and improving awareness within the company for balancing risk and control;
  • Develop and maintain a strong functional relationship with the GPO’s, IM, controllers and Internal Control managers;
Experience & Qualifications
  • Academic (Master) working and thinking level
  • At least 10 years of experience in Information Management environment directly related to SAP security
  • Preferably has worked in the area of Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Management/general skills:

  • Demonstrated high level of integrity
  • Pro-active attitude and a dose of guts
  • Result oriented and customer-oriented approach
  • A team player who can also to work independently with a problem-solving attitude
  • Pleasant, hands-on personality with organizational sensitivity
  • Strong influencing skills in order to generate change without authority
  • The ability and drive to communicate SAP technical aspects with end-users, being mostly non-ICT specialists, in an understandable way
  • Professional communication and consulting skills in English, in writing and verbal, and the ability to work in different cultures, convincing throughout the organization
  • Ability to distinguish between essential and non-essential and prioritize activities
  • Willingness to travel.

Functional competences:

  • Profound expertise level in SAP (both ECC & S4 for HANA) access and role management
  • Experience with SAP GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliancy Access and Emergency Access Management)
  • Knowledge and experience with end-to-end business processes internal control and risk management in a multinational environment
  • Willingness to further develop knowledge and experience in other relevant systems
  • Highly developed analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to recognize conditions warranting attention and develop practical solutions
  • Familiar with COSO framework
  • An IT Security and/or Audit qualification is a plus
  • Experienced user of MS Office Excel.

Become part of an outstanding company
AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:
• a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
• participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
• travel expenses to and from work
• opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via, ref. 5368. Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If applicable, is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Jan-Kees Stout, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, +31615098839

An employment screening may be part of the selection process.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Requisition ID: 5368

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