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Date: Apr 8, 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.

Job Purpose

The Asset & License Manager is responsible for managing all available software licenses and IT assets within GBS-IM globally (32M+ in licenses, 13M+ workplace assets) and the involved suppliers to ensure a high level of service to our users, cost effective allocation of assets within our company, and compliance with legislations and organizational policies. 

The Asset & License Manager is responsible for both daily monitoring and allocation of licenses and workplaces, as well as long-term strategic direction setting for this function in AkzoNobel. The function is currently on a low maturity level, and needs a clear quality inject. Immediate attention points are e.g. the selection of a license mgt tool, ‘unknown’ local utilization of software licenses in countries, a business case to apply a software reseller construct y/n, and active monitoring on effective utilization of licenses and laptop/desktop assets. The Asset & License Manager reports to the Manager Workplaces.  

GBS IM Services is the global service delivery unit within GBS, under the responsibility of the GPO IM. GBS IM Services is responsible for the (End-to-End) IT services provided to the BU/BAs and the end- users (33.000+) across the globe. This group is responsible for simplifying, standardizing, globalizing and automating processes. A large part of the service delivery activities is sourced to external strategic partners. In this role you are expected to work with our key strategic partners in the Application- and Infrastructure domain.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develops, implements and continuously drives optimizations in the License & Asset management process, both within Akzonobel as with our strategic partners;
  • Drives the professionalization and optimization of License & Asset management;
  • Responsible for planning, monitoring, and recording software license and hardware assets to ensure compliance with vendor contracts;
  • Is mandated to enforce compliance and enforce repair activities related to software compliance; 
  • Works with the information available from the ITSM platform (ServiceNow);
  • Further enhances the License & Asset Management platform; 
  • Will develop and implement procedures for tracking company assets to oversee quality control & compliance throughout their lifecycles; 
  • Regularly reports out to relevant stakeholders on the license position per software product and hardware assets across the globe, including signaling potential risks and optimization potentials and financials; 
  • Supports IM Projects & Programs in during the project stages to the identification of License & Asset requirements, identification of procurement activities needed with Contract & Vendor Management/Sourcing and support the project team in developing the optimal charging mechanism; 
  • Manages and organizes periodical license audits conducted by software suppliers/vendors, including developing the right strategy per audit in cooperation with interaction with other departments; 
  • Build trusted relationships with the business and colleagues from both GBS IM and IM; 
  • Support the designated Contract & Vendor Managers (Sourcing department) in managing global license/asset and vendor relations to agree the most strategically advantageous commercial license arrangement.


  • Master/ bachelor degree in business management, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field of study; 
  • 5 years’ experience required in a similar role in a complex international environment; 
  • Demonstrated capability in implementing a Hardware and Software Asset Management frameworks and related software tooling (ServiceNow, SNOW); 
  • Demonstrated capability in managing software licenses and assets; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge about license structures of major vendors, including Microsoft and SAP; 
  • Demonstrated track record in optimizing License & Asset Management processes and driving optimizations in usage (cost-reductions); 
  • Experiences with IT/License audits.

Key Generic Competencies:


  • Analytical thinker, structured, self-organized, execution driven, energetic;
  • Establishes relationships, ensures alignment and cooperation (‘shoulder to shoulder’); 
  • Internal drive to raise the bar by continuously looking for ways to improve current process; 
  • Networker, establishes good outside in relationships, stays abreast of external trends; 
  • Proactive and results driven, balancing “analysis” with “doing” to meet objectives; 
  • High level of accuracy; 
  • Lead by example and actively engage and motivate individuals. 

Application details:

We welcome your online application, reference 9324. Please note that applications sent by mail will not be considered. If you have any question, please feel free to contact our Talent Resourcing Partner Jeroen Sevenstern phone +31 (0)6 51706499.

An employment screening may be part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.


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

Requisition ID: 9324