Business Unit Controller - Surface Chemistry

Full-time, Group Control

Illinois, United States Apply Now Apply until: further notice


AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is world leader in the production of essential chemistry with operations in 80 countries and over 10,000 employees.  We invest approximately $120 million in RD&I every year, are #1 or #2 in 80% of our market segments, and we are ranked #1 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Here in North America, we have nearly 2,000 employees across 22 production, research and office sites, including the world’s largest fatty amines facility, located in Morris, IL. We are dedicated to providing industries worldwide with the materials they need to manufacture everyday essentials such as paper, plastics, detergents, personal care and hair styling products, as well as key ingredients for the construction, oil and gas, agricultural, mining and pharmaceutical sectors. Building on our long-standing commitment to safety, sustainability and open innovation, we have established a world-class business built on strong partnerships with our customers. The global headquarters for two of our core businesses – Surface Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry – are located in Chicago, and the region as a whole accounts for approximately one quarter of Specialty Chemicals’ annual worldwide revenue. For more information visit

Our Surface Chemistry Business Unit is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical manufacturers of surfactants, polymers and solvents, providing innovative surface chemistry technologies and solutions in industries such as agro, asphalt, cleaning, fabric care, mining, personal care and petroleum.

AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry - has an outstanding opportunity for a Business Unit Controller.  

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director, Group Control (who is based at our Global Headquarters in Amsterdam), the Controller for our Surface Chemistry Business Unit  will have complete responsibility for developing and executing comprehensive plans as the financial operating leader for this global manufacturing business. You will drive both the business and finance agenda on a global level influencing senior stake holders, supporting  the Global Business Manager in setting the business strategy.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities Include:

- Develop, plan, realize, control, report and optimize the financial strategies, policies and processes for the Business Unit (BU). This in line with corporate guidelines, laws and regulations, functional standards, best practices and business/company strategy, in order to contribute to the business strategy and decision-making from a financial perspective.
- Contribute from the financial and economic perspective to the strategic and tactical decision making of the BU and the reporting/accounting thereof to internal and external stakeholders.
- Ensure that business decisions are made in line with long term value creation objectives, within the BU’s financial and other frameworks (such as corporate policy, strategic, operational, legal, social responsibility etc.).
- Be the Financial “conscience” of the BU.
- Responsible for the reliable, timely and correct supply of information and the proper set-up and functioning of the BU’s planning & control-processes, administrative organization, internal controls and information systems.
- Responsible for the finance community development in the BU in alignment with the global Finance strategy.

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Group Control
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Job Requirements

Core Competencies:

- Strategic Capabilities. Supports the General Manager in setting the business strategy. Sees and is able to communicate the big picture.
- Fact based and data driving decision maker with eye for detail and hands on mentality
- Change management and strong program/project management skills. Drives for sustainable implementation and embedding of change to continuously improve the organization
- Brings an outside in perspective, is comfortable to challenge the status quo and comes with out of the box solutions
- Strong results orientation. Sets clear targets and hold people accountable.
- Builds Strong Relationships and is able to work and engage people while working in global teams


- MSc/MBA in Business administration or equivalent.
- A minimum of 3 years of experience in managing a global P&L of at least several hundred million revenues
- Experience in a complex manufacturing environment requiring global integrated business planning and cross functional alignment to drive optimization of the end-to-end value chain
- Experience in driving innovation based growth
- Extensive experience in driving the business and finance agenda on a global level influencing senior stake holders.
- Demonstrated experience driving complex changes and improving an organization.
- Extensive experience in coaching and support the business and the own team in realizing the finance agenda.

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)

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We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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