Internal Control Manager Security and System Access

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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, 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.

The Office of Internal Control initiates companywide standards, provides guidance, support tools and documents to help manage financial and business processes across the company and provide reasonable assurance regarding the:

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of operations
  • Compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reliability of financial reporting

The Internal Control Manager Security and System Access sets and maintains companywide standards and adequate and effective operating controls for system access and application controls within the AkzoNobel control concept in all relevant technical applications under general supervision of the Manager Internal Control Office. The Internal Control Manager Security and System Access is part of the Corporate Internal Control network.
This function combines Risk Management and Internal Control and specific technical (SAP) expertise. The activities consist amongst others of improving control solutions in our systems. The role also implies initiating control solutions as mitigation to commonly and frequently reported control deficiencies. The function plays a dominant role in the ongoing initiative to enhance AkzoNobel’s automated control landscape to enhance reliability and business process performance while reducing the cost of control.

Key Accountabilities
  • Develop and maintain the AkzoNobel Golden Rules Sets for application & automated controls and system access;
  • Propose, approve and communicate improvements for increasing compliance to the Golden Rules Sets;
  • Drive standardization and propose, approve, and communicate exceptions;
  • Perform impact assessments on changes in the IT landscape, on new and changed application and automated controls; define implementation plan;
  • Coordinate the annual assessment to monitor adherence to the Golden Rules Set and report to stakeholders;
  • Is approver in GRC Compliant Access process;
  • Propose, approve and communicate standard mitigating controls and control solutions; monitor follow-up of request for change (RFC);
  • Manage the Data Analytics approach within the Internal Control organization, develops and maintains data mining queries;
  • Ensures compliance with Internal Control standards with regards to application and automated controls in tooling related projects;
  • Ensure proper progress reporting of control deficiencies. Guide, support and train the Internal Control managers in evaluation of the reported internal control deficiencies;
  • Act as liaison person for Internal Control on the implementation of standard automated controls whereby the focus is on increasing the usage of automated controls in our (ERP) systems;
  • Gathering support and convincing 1st line to implement adequate automated controls and balancing the cost of control and the risk level;
  • Constantly creating and improving awareness within the BU for balancing risk and control;
  • Develop and maintain a strong functional relationship with the GPO’s, IM, controllers and Internal Control managers;
  • Primary contact for internal and external auditors regarding observations related to system access, application and automated controls in SAP and other systems.
Experience & Qualifications
  • Academic (Master) working and thinking level
  • At least 10 years of experience in Information Management environment directly related to SAP access and process/application controls
  • Preferably has worked in the area of Governance, Risk and Compliance.

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. 5367. 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: 5367

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  • Voor deze functie is er geen minimale werkervaring vereist

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