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Date: Jul 5, 2021

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

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 are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Purpose of the job

AkzoNobel is a leading paints and coatings company, and a frontrunner in sustainability and innovation. Our external environment is changing rapidly, for example with green economy policies. Both AkzoNobel’s ambitions and the complexity of the political arena will offer the Global Public Affairs Manager a position where he or she can truly make a difference. This role will play an important part in showcasing our purpose; pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life, to our external stakeholders.

Reporting to the Director of External Communications & Public Affairs and collaborating with the Head of Global Public Affairs, this role is responsible for leading and coordinating a global public affairs strategy that supports AkzoNobel’s business and reputational objectives. This strategic planning activity forms 25% of the role.

The Public Affairs Manager will also play a leading role in representing AkzoNobel’s interests in key industry groups and associations, cascading messages to relevant business leaders to ensure alignment. This activity forms 15% of the role.

In addition, this person will coordinate AkzoNobel’s approach to the development of partnerships with key stakeholders (NGOs, authorities, local governments, industry consortiums, etc.) to support AkzoNobel’s business and reputational objectives. This activity forms 25% of the role.

The Public Affairs Manager will provide counsel to business leaders on key commercial and reputational risks and opportunities, and will provide external messaging (including position papers) to senior leaders in the field of policy and government relations. This activity forms 20% of the role.

This role will also manage a system for analyzing political and societal trends and managing critical issues that have an impact on AkzoNobel’s business and reputation. This issues management activity forms 15% of the role.

The Public Affairs Manager will be the linking pin in the organization to establish a network of experts (from within the business and the regions) who will represent AkzoNobel in several countries and trade associations.

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to and implement a public affairs strategy to support AkzoNobel’s key commercial and reputational objectives.
  • Drive the public affairs strategy in the Netherlands and Europe, and coordinate the global approach to public affairs.
  • Liaise with national and regional governments, and regulators on business related policy issues.
  • Manage a system for issues, policies and stakeholder monitoring.
  • Provide strategic counsel and leadership to senior AkzoNobel executives in the field of policy and government relations.
  • Build and expand strong networks with external stakeholders to positively influence AkzoNobel’s reputation.
  • Communicate internally to align narrative and provide colleagues with a clear understanding of the major political strategies that may impact or influence their work programs.
  • Represent AkzoNobel’s key interests before national government, regional governments and industry bodies.
  • Analyze political and societal trends and developments relevant to the business.
  • Implementation of the strategic approach to stakeholder and issues monitoring.
  • Pro-actively pursue defined stakeholders (NGOs, authorities, local governments, industry consortiums, etc.).
  • Representing AkzoNobel in key industry groups.
  • Setting of KPIs and targets for specific campaigns.
  • Provision of public affairs advice to business leaders.
  • Identification of opportunities and risks that can benefit or harm AkzoNobel’s reputation.

What do you bring?

  • 7+ years Public Affairs experience including operating in a complex regulatory environment.
  • A proven track record of shaping the regulatory / policy landscape in the Netherlands and Europe to improve the operating environment of an organization.
  • Experience in global affairs approach for a major corporation.
  • A strong network and relationships in national government(s) and the industry influencer environment.
  • Experience of identifying and building influencer relationships through new digital channels.
  • Good experience of implementing strong processes to drive performance across multiple teams.
  • Experience of advising senior executives on political strategies and building government relations.
  • Strong budget control and focus on driving value.
  • Demonstrable track record of managing issues and handling crises.
  • Fluency in Dutch and English (native proficiency), with strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Master degree in communications, journalism, marketing, business or similar studies is required.

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. Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If applicable, it is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Laan, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps. An online assessment might be part of the selection process. 

An employment screening may be part of the selection process. 


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: 12767