Finance Process Expert

Job ID: 2017-3149

Brand: KAO Corporation

Location: NL - - Amersfoort

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Kao is in the middle of setting up a Finance Shared Service Center (SSC) for the EMEA region. To further support the set-up and the continuous success of our FSSC in the Netherlands, we are looking for aFinance Process Expert.

You identify and implement process improvements that lead to greater efficiency and productivity and drive operational excellence in our Finance Shared Service Center and with our business partners.

Working closely with the SSC Managers, the Finance Process Expert is also responsible to identify improvements in the local finance processes that can be implemented before or during the transition to the SSC. Finally, this role is responsible for the Lean implementation at the SSC and to drive continues improvement culture.


  • As a Finance Process Expert you plan, coordinate and execute projects and initiatives to achieve operational excellence at the SSC. To achieve this you manage the project scope, timelines and deliverables, and ensure that changes are authorized and implemented. You perform process reviews to identify non value adding activities and/or standardization and optimization opportunities among the different countries and processes managed by the SSC;
  • You act as a guide and coach towards the operational teams to identify productivity and cost improvement opportunities. You are the driver to total employee involvement in continuous improvement (CI) activities;
  • You prepare CI project reviews, integrate CI processes into daily operations and utilize CI tools (Six Sigma, Lean and TPM) to implement process improvements and effect long-term change;
  • You perform analyses and utilize metrics and reporting to identify process gaps, eliminate waste and errors, and provide quick fixes and long-term solutions. Therefor you serve as subject matter expert to review, identify and implement control systems to insure sustainability of continuous improvements. Set up and manage the FSSC KPIs and prepare monthly and/or periodic FSSC KPIs and SLs report. Collaborate with process owners to quantify the savings and benefits gained from process improvement initiatives;
  • You implement Lean at the SSC and share best practices within the SSC as well as within business area and liaise with IT for systems optimization, enhancements and implementation of new technology;
  • You participate in transition and stabilization processes and projects.


  • You have a completed Master degree in Finance, Economics or Accounting;
  • Preferably you have worked in the advisory practice of an international accounting firm;
  • You have operational experience as a financial and have a proven track record in setting up and improving financial processes;
  • Preferably you have experience in a Shared Service environment;
  • Lean, Six Sigma qualified (bronze or higher).

Furthermore you have:

  • Knowledge of ERP (SAP) systems and strong IT proficiencies;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently;
  • You are result oriented and goal driven;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Experience with, and full understanding of, internal control structures;
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and process mapping software (Visio, IndustryPrint).

KAO doesn't provide relocation or housing services for this position.

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