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R&D Specialist II

Posted 12 Feb 2024
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English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

© 2023 Akzo Nobel N.V. All rights reserved.

Job Purpose

AkzoNobel’s global success is based on rigorous production quality allied to groundbreaking research and innovation. The Automotive Specialty Coatings (ASC) laboratory in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, is key to this RD&I capability, focus on Vehicle Refinish (VR) products.
AkzoNobel incorporates a Solutions R&D(MS) team with global responsibility for the composition, formulation, and specifications of VR products for undercoats and clearcoats. These are produced at multiple locations. This team is also responsible for the quality and specifications of the raw materials used in these products. Within the context, your main mission in this role is to maintain, improve and align our global Vehicle Refinishes clearcoat and undercoat product lines in order to help the team up to the level production batches and a maintenance program for future support. This is part of a process in which you help us seek structural solutions based on the formulation, test regulation or quality of the raw materials used. In addition, you help the team to to perform escalated complaint handling, quality improvement and testing of specific VR product range. Furthermore, you will be responsible for additional laboratory work requests other than primers & clear coats when it is necessary.

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follows safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, in both the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment;
  • Works according to quality standards as set by Lab management (for example ISO 9001, 5S);
  • Conducts a significant level of formulation and technical work in the lab as defined in the project or production support plan;
  • Can be deployed flexibly throughout the organization;
  • Documents lab results through appropriate means including databases, laboratory notebooks, Technical summary reports and monthly summaries;
  • Delivering project results on time;
  • Feasible and timely development according to business needs;
  • Correct use of methodologies and tools;
  • Asks appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters;
  • Is familiar with characterization techniques, e.g. mechanical and chemical techniques;
  • Can act as first point of contact for production support;
  • Can give occasional functional guidance to technician level employees.

Key Activities

  • Switch quickly the best possible solution and (dare to) decide based on the obtained data and move forward;
  • Perform all kind of paint related tests (wet and dry);
  • Making paint on lab scale needed for testing;
  • Create and implement statistical set-ups;
  • Reporting in Lab-Notes and Technical Reports.
  • Follow the production processes with process specialists and take the necessary actions via communicating respective stakeholders.

Experience

To apply for this position, you must possess the following attributes:

  • HBO starter preferably degree with Chemistry or Physics
  • Ideally you have knowledge and experience of Paints a/o Coatings, with knowledge of polymer chemistry or process technology as an advantage;
  • Willing to follow various training courses in the field of paint chemistry and physics;
  • Able to make and present sub-studies;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including strong written and verbal Dutch and English;
  • Proactive, self-starter.

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
  • travel expenses to and from work;
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role.

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via https://www.akzonobel.com/en/careers. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner. E-mail marcel.thor@akzonobel.com.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 36876

AkzoNobel is the world's largest coatings and specialty chemicals company, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world.

Chemical
Amsterdam
Active in 150 countries
3,000 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 44 years