Who we are:


Founded in Japan in 1887, Kao is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives with our high quality products and services to create a Kirei Life for all – a beautiful life that respects the needs of our consumers and customers as well as the planet. We never compromise on quality and craft our products with care for the consumer and the environment.  As a company driven by purpose and strong corporate values we pride ourselves to be listed among the World´s Most Ethical Companies since 15 consecutive years. Our corporate philosophy, the Kao Way, guides us in everything we do – acting with integrity, courageously driving innovation and treating each other with trust and respect.


In the region Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Kao focuses on premium beauty brands across three distinct sectors: Kao Salon Division, Premium Mass and our London based boutique brand Molton Brown. In your role you will be working for across our three business sectors, serving some of the most renowned brands in the beauty industry.


The role:


As the Regional Risk and Internal Control Specialist you will be responsible for the further design and implementation of the Internal Control Framework for Financial Reporting in the EMEA region. You will work with business partners throughout Europe to ensure that harmonized and standardized ways of working are in place. The Regional Risk and Internal Control Specialist will support change and provide guidance on best practices to management for our countries and business in EMEA.


There is flexibility for this role to be based either in the Shared Service Centre in Amersfoort, NL, Molton Brown HQ in the UK or in Darmstadt Salon HQ, Germany.


The job has many aspects and is challenging with business travel involved. We are looking for an ambitious professional, who wants to grow their skills within Finance and develop a career within Kao. The Internal Control Specialist will report to the Internal Control Manager EMEA.


What you will do:


  • Further design and implement the key controls in the Internal Control Framework;
  • Working with your business partners to ensure harmonized and standardized ways of working are in place with appropriate internal controls throughout EMEA and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Ensuring adherence to laws, regulations and management directives including policies provided by Kao HQ;
  • Provide support and resolution of Internal Control risks identified in collaboration with the business management, Internal/External  audit and Japan HQ;
  • Support the Internal Control Manager EMEA with SAP access management responsibilities.



What you will need:

  • A qualified degree in Accounting & Finance (preferably CPA), with at least three years’ of working experience in a Big4 with a strong interest and background in audit and controls;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance and internal control models;
  • Excellent English skills and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and remotely but also as part of a team;
  • A flexible and proactive approach;
  • Experience of SAP and access management would be an advantage;


What we offer
At Kao, you can expect a friendly, flexible and inclusive work environment with competitive salaries, benefits package, ongoing development and the opportunity to enhance your skills and deliver tangible results. We believe that the perfect balance between your private and professional life, will enable you to deliver your best at work.

We therefore offer a hybrid working model wherever possible.

Our company´s success is driven by the individuals that work for us. We value our employees for their individuality, passion as much as for their skills. Each employee can actively shape their job and their career. We believe that change comes from taking opportunities into your own hands and acting with courage, so we value and reward entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. Trust, teamwork and collaboration is the foundation of how we work.

Our Hiring Process

We believe diversity enables our success. We’re committed to inclusion across gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, cultural background and disability. It is you with your individual strengths and skills we care about.

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to commit to coming back to you on the status of your application. So, unless you hear from us, please assume you have not been successful and please accept our best wishes for you and your job search.

Want to learn more

If you feel you are as unique as our products and want to find out why 33,000 people across the globe opted for a career with us please visit www.kao.com. Here you will be able to read more about our sustainability efforts and what it is like to work for Kao.

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