Lean 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 a

LeanProcess Expert Finance

The FSSC Operational Excellence Specialist identifies and implements 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, this role 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.

This role is a 12 month fixed term contract with potential to become permanent.


  • Plan, coordinate and execute projects and initiatives to achieve operational excellence at the SSC. To achieve this you manage the project scope, timeline and deliverables, and ensure that any 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;
  • Guide the operational teams to identify productivity and cost improvement opportunities and drive goal of total employee involvement in continuous improvement (CI) activities;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Implement Lean at the SSC and share best practices within the SSC as well as within business area. Liaise with IT for systems optimization, enhancements and implementation of new technology;
  • Participate in transition and stabilization processes and projects as requested by management.


  • Bachelor or Master degree in business or economics;
  • Lean, Six Sigma qualified (bronze or higher);
  • 2 - 5 years Accounting experience. Experience in simplifying and improving processes is what makes you extra success full in this role!

Furthermore you have:

  • Knowledge of ERP systems and strong IT proficiencies;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently;
  • Result oriented;
  • Language skills: English fluent;
  • Experience with, and full understanding of, internal control structures;
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and process mapping software (Visio, IndustryPrint).

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