Bring powerful organizational, inspirational, technical and stakeholder skills to a key role within a global IM environment

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. We are a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.

Central to our success is a sophisticated IM strategy driven by our Digital Center of Expertise (CoE), which engages with all our global businesses in order to realize business value through innovative solutions. The CoE Digital has a diverse and flat organizational structure that enables an agile and flexible approach through ideation and prototyping.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to act as a highly effective leader, mentor and coach for all digital teams and IM, embodying a ‘can-do’ mentality and ensuring observance of ‘Definition of Done’ while leading and facilitating all scrum activities.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a supportive leader who can inspire teams to deliver our mission and vision by giving people a reason to believe that anything is possible? Can you increase team efficiency and argue for changes and improvements that ensure quality, timeliness and a customer-first mentality? Do you possess a strong innovation mindset while staying abreast of all external trends and innovations? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Scrum Master Paints and Coatings

The role and its responsibilities

This role is based at the AkzoNobel Office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From here you manage the scrum process via the coordination of scrum teams in Agile methodology, contributing to the adoption of Agile and Scrum. Knowledge and experience in Design Thinking is a plus. In doing so you act as an Owner in order to deliver results and create value for our brands, our system, our customers and key stakeholders.

Thus you schedule and facilitate daily stand-up, scrum meetings and reviews, driving the demo and decision-making process in order to ensure quick inspection and the proper use of adaptation processes. You also oversee retrospectives.

This requires you to forecast the numbers of deliverables possible based on evidence and reliable sources. You also act as an expert in estimation and planning while creating useful, reliable and practical plans for software development projects.

At all times you help teams and individuals to understand goals and clarify actions, applying advanced conflict resolution skills as necessary. Further, you collect feedback on (minimum viable) product to the product owner after implementation, and coordinate the adjustment of (minimum viable) product based on testing during sprints.

At all times you support and educate the Product Owner, especially with respect to grooming and maintaining the product backlog, and you help the product owner to optimize backlogs and make them ready for the next sprint.

All of this demands the ability to shield the scrum team from outside distractions and interference, along with the ability to simplify complex situations and transform problems into opportunities.

You report to the Director CoE Digital.

Candidate profile

To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:
• Bachelor’s in Engineering and Information Technology, and at least one year of experience in the Scrum Master role for a software development team that diligently applied Scrum principles, practices, and theory;
• First level Scrum Master certification (CSM, PSM I) and knowledge and experience of agile techniques and frameworks such as: User Stories, Continuous Integration, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Stress Testing, Pairing, User Acceptance Tests, A/B testing, Kaizen, Kanban, LEAN, Six Sigma, etc;
• Demonstrable experience of facilitating workshops, hackathons and sprints;
• Demonstrable experience in value adding digital innovations, and understanding/experience of relevant programming languages;
• Willing to travel and work at customer locations;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills including fluent written and spoken English.

Application details

For further information, please contact Jacquelien Huisman, Talent Resourcing Partner, tel. +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 170002U3 or
click on the link below:

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A pre-employment screening may form part of the application procedure.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

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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