R&D Specialist (Manufacturing Support)

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Date: Jan 24, 2024

Location: Barcelona, ES

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

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We have an opening for an R&D Specialist to join the R&D LTS MU Team based in Barcelona. Supporting both El Prat and Zona Franca plants. 

Job Purpose

  • To conduct experimental work in a laboratory environment focused on the transfer to production of innovative products and the improvement of existing products.
  • Introduce new recipes in production, from laboratory to pilot and production trial (process optimization)
  • Introduce new raw materials
  • Introduce quality standards and new testing methods
  • Support Production with production trials and production issues.
  • Supporting Quality team with analysis of quality complaints
  • Present and discuss technical results
  • Closely collaborate with other R&D teams, Supply Chain and Quality

Key Accountabilities

  • Experience in formulating and testing paints.
  • Capability to adapt to R&D and plant priorities
  • Good team-working
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Eager to learn and apply all safety, health and environmental guidelines, according to site and company standards (5S)


  • Professional Education in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering M.Sc., B.Sc. (or other relevant education background).
  • 5 years of laboratory experience
  • Fluency in English (verbally and written), basic in Spanish minimum
  • Knowledge of SAP will be appreciated

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 35845 

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