• Lean Process Expert Finance

    Job Location NL-Amersfoort
    KAO Business Service
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Kao is setting up a Financial Shared Service Center (SSC) for the EMEA region. To support the set-up and the continuous success of our FSSC in the Netherlands, we like to get in touch with a Lean Process Expert Finance

    From your expertise as a seasoned financial you identify and implement process improvements within finance. This will 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 finance managers, you also will be 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 drive the continuous improvement culture.


    • As a finance process expert you plan, coordinate and execute projects and initiatives to achieve operational excellence at the SSC. To achieve sustainable results, 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 a 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 within the financial department 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;
    • Within the Financial Shared Service Center, you perform process analyses and utilize metrics and reporting to identify process gaps, eliminate waste and errors, and provide quick fixes and long-term solutions. In order to do this, you have excellent knowledge within financial process improvement. You review, identify and implement (financial) 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.
    • 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;
    • You are a certified lean practitioner
    • 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 setting and improving up financial policies and processes in a Shared Service environment.

    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).

    Please note: the main focus of this position are the financial and accounting processes within the SSC of KAO. In order to be successful in this position you have proven experience in an in depth financial position.


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