Project Leader II

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Date: May 18, 2022

Location: High Point, NC, US

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 Project Leader II delivers on projects with substantial, complex scopes and high levels of technical difficulty, or ensures delivery of multiple projects of narrower scope. They lead by example across their areas of responsibility and develop talent in conjunction with the lab and group leaders. They are acknowledged as technical experts in the formulation of waterborne products and demonstrate this through both the solution of complex technical problems and mentorship of other staff.  They demonstrate effectiveness in selling a technical vision, thinking strategically, and successfully managing stakeholders at all levels.

Key Objectives of the Position

The Project Leader II supports the goals of the business by delivering the technical workstream on multiple regional or global projects where waterborne formulation of coatings systems are necessary. They understand cross-functional aspects of the business and translate customer requirements into product attributes. 

The Project Leader II performs each essential duty safely, satisfactorily, and in a timely manner. 

•    Demonstrate strong project management skills with detailed project plans and ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects at once.
•    Provide technical leadership in waterborne coatings.
•    Oversee and/or lead the development of new products, or revision of existing products, including scale up and customer trials 
•    Operate as a mentor and role model to peers in day to day activities 
•    Participate in bench work, as necessary, and drive efficiency through example and coaching
•    Create workplans, allocate materials and manpower, and review results with team members 
•    Plan on a yearly timescale with regular stakeholder reviews
•    Recognize the need for and proactively teach skills to the professional and technical staff
•    Write and supervise execution of complex DOE’s, including data analysis and interpretation, to create new product families or rationalize portfolios 
•    Understand customer requirements and translate into technical parameters and testing
•    Act as technical expert for communication with internal and external stakeholders, such as internal technical reports and customer presentations
•    Maintain contact with global R&D labs to ensure knowledge gathering and sharing
•    Effective interaction with production sites and global labs to implement new products or make processing improvements

Essential Qualifications

The Project Leader II exhibits the following skills and behaviors:

• Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work easily with cross-functional groups (sales, marketing, supply chain)
• Be a role model of safe work environment practices
• Adaptive communication style to different levels of the organization, from technician to Director
• Ability to deal with and work in environment with high level of ambiguity
• Capability of integration in an international/multi-cultural environment

Job Requirements


•   Bachelor degree or higher in a laboratory science, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering
•   8+ years work experience in chemistry or coatings industry
•   Excellent knowledge of chemistry/polymers/formulation in coatings with previous hands-on experience
•   Familiar with the StageGate, DOE process, and project management tools
•   Available to travel, as necessary (15%)

*****Must have Waterborne or Decorative Coatings experience ******


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 8414 



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