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Legal Entity Controller - West Africa at Coca Cola

As Legal Entity Controller for West Africa you will serve as a multi-country Controller, based in Lagos, Nigeria, primarily responsible for the end-to-end accounting and reporting of US GAAP, statutory accounting and tax compliance for entities within the West Africa Business Unit (WABU).


In this role you need to have a holistic view of the Coca-Cola business, providing financial advice and strategy to stakeholders considering the Finance ‘triangle model’ (i.e., Corporate, BU/CPS, and GBS), the regulatory environment, cost and value, continuous process improvement to find productivity, standardization and scaling impact, as well as the sustainability of business models and propositions.


  • 8 years of relevant experience, with at least 5 years Finance / Accounting experience in the Coca-Cola System or multinational environment. Shared services experience is an advantage.
  • Accounting qualification or accounting-adjacent qualification from a recognized Accounting body (Chartered Accountant, ACCA, CIMA, and CPA) or university.
  • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP and other accounting standards.
  • Strong management skills. Proven ability to influence operating activities and processes that are outside of your direct control.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, in fluent Business English.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence across teams based in multiple geographies.
  • Experience in advancing and operating a high-quality internal controls environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and take a proactive approach solving problems.
  • Proven track record of managing projects and delivering results.
  • Ability to effectively manage a team.
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, and hard working.
  • Track record of closely partnering and driving change in concert with corporate management, specifically related to global processes and systems.
  • Commitment to leading and driving continuous improvement in client service.

Leadership Behaviors

  • Drive Innovation
  • Collaborate with System, Customers and Key Stakeholders
  • Act Like an Owner
  • Inspire Others
  • Develop Self and Others


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of compliance with US GAAP, IFRS and all local statutory accounting regulations, as well as company accounting policies while safeguarding the resources of the company, by enforcing internal controls and Company policies.
  • Drive effective business partnership routines with WABU enabling them to meet their business goals.
  • Proactively partner with clients to identify process and service improvements.
  • Liaise with BU Finance and GBS Process Team Management to ensure all financial transactions are recorded appropriately.
  • Collaborate with Corporate Tax, Corporate Treasury and Controllers Group to ensure that the relevant WABU entities fully comply will all tax and financial regulatory requirements.
  • Continuously develop the team (1 direct report), by providing challenging career opportunities while also providing coaching and mentoring. Engage and inspire them to be the best they can be.
  • Formulate plans and objectives for the team and drive performance against objectives.
  • Apply operational excellence / lean management tools to make continuous improvements to processes.

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