HR Manager, Chengdu Deco&Powder sites

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Date: Apr 28, 2022

Location: Chengdu, CN

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. 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 the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

  • Responsible for the operational HR delivery aligned to the business or functional  agenda and to the HR agenda                                                                                                                                                                     
  • In their area of responsibility they help the business or function to achieve  objectives by giving good quality HR advice and guidance based on sound HR knowledge, professionalism and an understanding of the AkzoNobel HR Strategy and practices
  • Where required this role will take the lead in managing employee and industrial relations at the relevant level working with employee or works councils and local Union representatives.
  • Work with other areas of the HR Operating Model (People Services and CoE) to ensure a comprehensive high quality HR service to our internal customers                                                                                                                                                 

Key Accountabilities

Employee Lifecycle Management:             

  • Coach and support people managers so that they have the necessary capability to carry out activities in the annual employee calendar (My P&D and talent management processes, annual Rewards calendar etc).  Where necessary guide managers to the other areas in the HR model that will support them (people services, CoEs)
  • Facilitate the My P&D and Talent calibration processes
  • Facilitate Operational Workforce Planning at the relevant level working with the business/function.
  • Provide day to day coaching and advice to managers to facilitate planning and decision making in areas such as recruitment, development and local restructuring requirements (subject to the standard business/function approval processes)
  • Support and coach managers in dealing with day to day employee management, including individual performance issues and absence management
  • Support and coach managers in discussions relating to job evaluation, pay and reward working with the Regional Rewards CoE as required.
  • Work with local business/functional teams to identify learning and development requirements and liaise with the regional CoE partners to deliver solutions
  • Work with the regional CoE partners to roll out AkzoNobel global learning initiatives in their area.
  • Work with managers to identify and manage talent locally.  Leverage the CoE's expertise and resources to define an actionable development plan and ensure follow-up to build a talent pipeline and ensure succession planning.
  • Work with managers to improve employee engagement. Work with site or other management teams to encourage employee communication and support local engagement or community events.
  • Be a role model for the company values and leadership behaviors and champion these locally.

Key Accountabilities

Operational Excellence               

  • Support and/or lead local plans for standardization and continuous improvement within the sites/client teams
  • Work with other HR peers to ensure that AkzoNobel global HR processes are implemented within their area of responsibility
  • Explain and support the standard HR Operating model, directing managers and employees to the correct part of the model
  • Take ownership where they identify data inaccuracies and address them with the appropriate part of the model/business
  • Ensure managers and employees are using the self-service tools available and address transactional HR topics with People Services.
  • Act as CoE ‘Champions’ i.e. as a local extension of the CoE team to provide delivery of services such as training or rewards.
  • Assess quality of service and provide customer feedback to the HR function to drive continuous improvement



  • Safeguard the company by ensuring compliance to local legal requirements in all aspects of HR policy, taking advice from outside legal advisors where required
  • Help to promote awareness of the AkzoNobel Speak Up process and participate in investigations as required
  • Manage local labor relations (unions, work councils)
  • Counsel line managers and/or employees in employee relations procedures, including labor disputes.
  • Participate in local internal and external audits
  • Provide the relevant level of HR input to the AkzoNobel internal compliance processes e.g. ‘In Control’
  • As window to local labor bureaus, union and committee to ensure employment compliances
  • Expert to handle Employee Relation cases


Any other reasonable duties to ensure the smooth operation of the HR function.

Key Activities

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least 5 years of HR generalist experience in HR, and solid practices in manufacturing site is preferred;
  • Native local and fluent English (both written and spoken) ;
  • Service and solution focused mindset;
  • Ability to work with some level of ambiguity;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, highly developed interpersonal skills – individual and group;
  • Ability to excel in a fast paced, complex environment and meet tight deadlines



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: 22529