Regional Technical Manager Wood Coatings

Akzo Nobel N.V. High Point , NC 27261

Posted 3 months ago

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. The sale of our Specialty Chemicals business is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

In North America, 4,500 employees work at more than 50 locations to support the Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals Business Areas. 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.

Purpose:

As a member of the Regional Management Team contributes to the implementation of BU strategy and takes a lead in defining the R&D agenda for the region. Manages the regional solutions and development labs; evaluates the potential and practicality of development projects and relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish two key deliverables by:

  • Localization and fine tuning existing products/processes/services, incremental development, value engineering and color development as well as support to customers (via sales) and production.

  • Development of new products within the agreed timeframe and with the agreed performance characteristics and costing analysis to ensure these can be commercialized to deliver against the profit targets.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment

  • Drives our HSE program and leads behavioural change towards zero LTI's

  • Technical integrity of the Wood Finishes product portfolio

  • People management & Organization

  • Attracting, leading, coaching, appraising and developing teams, driving workforce planning according to business and RD&I strategy

  • Drives performance and engagement in the different labs

  • Mentors talent, provide opportunities and develops succession plans

  • R&D Strategy, Product Development & innovation

  • Co-developing the business/RD&I strategy; translating the RD&I strategy in tactical and operational plans and budgets

  • Drives the development program for Wood Finishes by translating customer needs into a solid product portfolio.

  • Technology sourcing: Interacts and cooperates with Research, universities and suppliers.

  • Translated AN's sustainability program into value based solutions for our customers and the Wood Finishes industry.

  • Drives knowledge management by keeping up with internal and external developments and ensuring embedding of knowledge in the organization

  • Technical support & product portfolio management

  • Excellent technical support to Wood Finishes customers. Actively manages the relation with customers on technical subjects. Improvement of AN's technical reputation.

  • Cost productivity improvements along the value chain.

  • Actively works on improving effectiveness and efficiency in the R&D function.

  • Prioritizes activities in accordance with business needs and optimizes efficiency

  • Drives best practices for products, processes and ways of working. Supports platform

Qualifications/ Education:

  • Master or PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

  • Proven expertise in Wood Finishes coatings, resin chemistry and formulation science

  • Deep understanding of the Wood Finishes market, customers and value chain

Skills/ Knowledge:

  • Excellent people management skills. Applies situational leadership, able to steer behaviour and exhibits cultural awareness

  • Understands how the R&D teams contribute and drive commercial success.

  • Excellent cross functional cooperation. Can influence co-workers, peers and management.

Experience:

  • Proven track record in coatings industry of minimum of ten years in research & development

  • Broad network in coatings industry in the region is essential for the success of this role

Interfaces:

  • Sits on the regional management team (dotted reporting line to Regional Commercial Director)

  • Must work in close coordination with procurement, supply chain and marketing functions

  • Networks with key industry stake holders related to Wood industry such as Furniture, Flooring; Building Materials, etc. and with universities to keep abreast of latest technology research and trends

As a leading coatings and paints company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).


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