Drive change and improvement for a leading global organization

AkzoNobel’s business unit (BU) Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives has invested in a sustainable, long term culture of continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma (L6S). In doing so it aims to eliminate waste and reduce variation, thereby driving stronger business performance. This requires Black Belt Project Managers who can lead teams in complex on-site improvement projects.

Is this a challenge that matches your ambition to develop rapidly within a fast-paced multinational business environment? Are you an inspiring change agent and team leader, passionate about continuous improvement and able to lead Lean Six Sigma projects wherever you are sent? Can you work successfully across different organizational levels, from operational to management? Are you able to make rapid and accurate analyses of business data and statistics while maintaining the self-discipline to perform at a high level in high pressure scenarios?
If you are an open-minded problem solver who offers all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of

Black Belt Project Manager

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet.

Our Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business unit is part of the Specialty Chemicals business area. As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients including chemical intermediates and performance chemicals such as cellulosic specialties, chelates, ethylene amines, micronutrients, polysulfides and sulfur products.

The role and its responsibilities

This is a high level role in which you take responsibility for leading teams in the execution of complex L6S projects that deliver significant financial benefits. You lead multiple projects simultaneously, using data and information to break down scenarios to root causes, finding patterns and relationships, and solving problems in a practical, permanent way.
In doing so you provide those working on the projects with a clear sense of direction, building teamwork through engagement and aligning towards individual and collective goals. You also help your teams to understand, learn and use L6S tools and techniques for current and future purposes.

At all times you maintain a customer focus and push for innovative improvements while understanding the need to balance and assess risks relative to practicality and compliance, without compromising legal or safety requirements.
Since many projects are located where we have operations, applicants from Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, UK and Italy are invited to apply.

To apply for this position the following attributes are significant:
• Master’s degree, ideally in Engineering or Chemistry
• Project management and a basic working knowledge of Lean Six Sigma;
• Awareness of business processes and financial analysis;
• Willing and able to travel overnight more than 60% of the time in some weeks;
• Good communication and public speaking skills including a high level of written and spoken English.

Application details

For further information, please contact Samantha Veer, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 1600093Y or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

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AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens, Alabastine and Jozo. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

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