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Packaging Technology EMEA Manager

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Date: May 4, 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.

In short (Purpose of the job)

Select & deliver best packaging solutions across the region and BU’s resulting in required product quality “fit

for purpose” ensuring standardization,service, sustainability and deliver savings throughout the supply chain. 

  • Drive harmonization and standardization of the portfolio by defining AkzoNobel standards for our key
  • packs,
  • Define, own and manage their respective packaging portfolio working with key stakeholders ie.
  • commercial, manufacturing, sourcing and other relevant functions. Ensure technical and functional
  • requirements are appropriately considered and covered across the supply chain.
  • Develop functional excellence for the relevant portfolio and implement these across the regions ie. define
  • specifications, standards, tests and trials, etc..
  • Drive sustainability in packaging to achieve the objectives of the organization
  • Ensure packaging supply and flexibility for key packs by developing dual supply options working with
  • Sourcing 
  • Contribute to the selection select and development of key suppliers to ensure they have the
  • capabilities,processes and organisation to properly serve the business
  • Ensure we adhere to global and local compliance regulations and global standards on packaging.
  • Drive for ,and deliver, direct and indirect savings on the packaging portfolio
  • Initiate and manage compatibility tests and packaging trials ensuring quality throughout the supply chain
  • Support the business in innovation initiatives and track new developments and innovation in the market
  • Initiate and lead packaging projects with a cross functional team
  • Understand relevant manufacturing capabilities and requirements for filling and packaging lines (incl.
  • decoration) as well as palletization and wrapping.
  • Provide 2nd line technical support with quality issues and prevent and/or limit impact on customers.
  • Support on decoration technology activities setting standards and drive best practices working with artwork
  • management, commercial, engineering and manufacturing. 
  • Manage packaging master data template for the relevant portfolio


  • Technical engineering degree BSc/MSc or equivalent
  • Relevant experience working in a packaging manager role in Manufacturing, R&D, Procurement/Sourcing
  • or in the packaging industry
  • Experience with managing a packaging portfolio understanding specifications, functional requirements,
  • product/packaging compatibility, manufacturing and logistics.
  • Experience with packaging quality management across the supply chain, root cause analysis and
  • continuous improvement
  • Has good knowledge and experience in engineering disciplines (e.g. Chemical or Mechanical)
  • Work autonomously with ability to represent the packaging function in the region
  • Selfstarter with strong organizational skills and structured approach
  • Strong stakeholder management working with Suppliers, Marketing, Procurement, etc..
  • Project management .capabilities
  • Teamplayer, having worked in a multinational environment with sensitivity to different cultural behaviours
  • Working at a regional level willing to travel visiting sites, suppliers and markets
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluent in English

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;
• opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role
• laptop, mobile phone


More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via www.akzonobel.com/careers. Only online applications including resume, cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Ashna Badal, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.

The position is graded in MM3


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: 10684