Finance and Economics Management & Business Others
1 - 2 Years
Governance & Control Accountant BeNelux- Royal Canin
The Governance & Control Accountant BeNelux ensures a sustainable and ongoing focus on the cluster's internal control & governance.
The jobholder is responsible for enhancing the cluster's Internal Control culture, will be the primary lead in deploying projects increasing control and efficiency within the Financial Operations team and drives, in collaboration with the ICTC team, the clusters compliances agenda in line with local tax and legal legislations.
Act as Governance & Control Lead for the cluster
o Drive the Internal Control Excellence (ICE) process for the cluster and coordinate and secure all actions needed to control and mitigate any ICE gaps.
o Drives and secures the Internal Audits follow-up and implement the management action plan.
o Conduct Internal Control Excellence (ICE) engagement sessions with all internal stakeholders.
o Internally lead the appropriate updating & validation of all ICE descriptions and documentation by all control owners.
o Preforms the annual A08 governance cluster self-assessment.
Act as Continues Improvement Lead within the Financial Operations Benelux team
o Manage continuous improvement projects within Financial Operations
o Lead the Financial Operations Excellence by performing AR/AP Balance Controlling and AP/AR reporting to the Financial Controller
o Making recommendations for streamlining processes by highlighting opportunities for improvements
o Review and approve cluster Manual Journal Entries
o Coordinate external audits and secure proper follow-up on findings (VAT, Income tax, horizontal toezicht)
Act as Indirect Buying Champion for the cluster
o Secure that the Indirect Buying guidelines are followed, and regionally proposed guidelines are properly implemented In the cluster
o Continuously develop the indirect buying tool
o Responsible for keeping the indirect buying tracker updated on a quarterly basis
o Management and engagement of all internal stakeholders within the cluster and towards the regional team
o Secure a high standard and compliant Purchase Order Maintenance
Act as one of the two 1NAV Master User
o Checking & Mitigating Segregation of Duties conflicts in the ERP system
o Perform and challenge permission delegation checks
o Periodical review, control and submit the user conflict reports, including follow-up.
o Perform periodical closing responsibilities to secure appropriate governance is in place e.g.
Responsible for having a good understanding of Golden Processes, Finance Manual and General Accounting principles (local and US GAAP).
Act as general accountant for the cluster
Back-up and support Financial Controller
Context and Scope
The position has a wide range of (mainly internal) stakeholders. He/She is the key contact point for regional expert teams regarding the various governance processes, tech enabler projects and legal/tax compliance reviews. At the same time he/she is serving as first point of contact for all associates within the cluster in questions regarding the defined governance processes. The jobholder needs to influence without authority to secure high levels of compliance and drives change.
Furthermore, the jobholder needs to have a very profound knowledge and understanding of all Financial operations processes for both countries (Netherlands/Belgium) to drive continuous improvements. He/She manages or coordinates the implementation of new or updated processes and needs to secure appropriate trainings for associates for successful process adaption and change acceptance.
Education & Professional Qualifications University Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field
Knowledge / Experience Minimum 3-5 years of experience in the field of accounting and/or controlling, preferably also on Belgium specific accounting.
Advanced IT skills; especially in reporting tools, Navision and MS Office
Project management experience is an advantage
Strong planning and prioritizing skills
High approachability and good communication skills (verbal and written)
English and Dutch languages are mandatory, French is not required but an advantage.