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

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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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).

See if you are a match!

See how well your resume matches up to this job - upload your resume now.

Find your dream job anywhere
with the LiveCareer app.
Download the
LiveCareer app and find
your dream job anywhere

Boost your job search productivity with our
free Chrome Extension!

lc_apply_tool GET EXTENSION

Similar Jobs

Want to see jobs matched to your resume? Upload One Now! Remove
Commercial Training Coordinator Wood Coatings Paints & Coatings

Akzo Nobel N.V.

Posted 3 weeks ago

VIEW JOBS 11/20/2018 12:00:00 AM 2019-02-18T00:00 Distribution Training Specialist Position Location- High Point, NC * Conduct Chemcraft product application training and color matching services to groups. Training will also include teaching sales and business material. * Coordination of all training activities * Maintain Training facility * Participate and conduct testing of new products, applications, and product analysis. Responsibilities * Conduct Distributor product training including sales training as needed for all new Distributor Sales Reps in house as well as at customer facilities * Product development support and application evaluations including field trials. * Training and support to sales team for new product launches * Maintain and develop Distributor training PowerPoints and hand out material * Development and update Distributor training materials * Finish show samples for all trade shows, association events, trend guides, training room, etc. * Maintain Chemcraft training room and application area making it presentable for training events. * Coordinate and support tint system set-up in distributor locations * Perform application tests on current and new products in the product portfolio * Conduct product benchmarking * Work with R&D to maintain all finish selection charts Must have * Excellent communication and interpersonal skills * Knowledge and sales experience * Wood coating finish application experience * Knowledge and experience in wood coating substrate preparation, custom color matching, and color step application. * Basic knowledge of Microsoft office * Project management An ideal Distribution Training Specialist will have experience in training and in wood coating application and color matching. Akzo Nobel N.V. High Point NC

Regional Technical Manager Wood Coatings

Akzo Nobel N.V.