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Techonologist III

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Date: Oct 26, 2020

Location: Houston, TX, 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

•    Developing new products and technologies 
•    Effectively report results, propose conclusions and recommendations within agreed timescales using appropriate methods 
•    Developing fundamental understanding of key coating attributes 
•    Testing/support of existing products, processes and coating systems

Key Accountabilities

•    Testing/support of existing technologies, products and processes 
•    Developing fundamental understanding of key coating and technology attributes 
•    Effective development and management of long-term plans for assigned projects and support activities.  Contributes to project risk analysis 
•    Understands how product attributes relate to external customer needs through market insights 
•    Design, develop, carry-out, evaluate & interpret experiments under own direction based on advanced knowledge and previous experience 
•    Identify and contributes to idea generation by building on other ideas e.g. to support test method development &/or developing new products and technologies 
•    Effectively analyses data and patterns to generate conclusions and recommendations within agreed timescales using appropriate methods
•    Plan, conduct and evaluate trials (e.g. application, production processes, equipment) as required 
•    Applies understanding of IP, legislative demands, standard products &/or technologies, including application and testing recommendations in pertinent fields 
•    Identifies improvement needs and suggests improvement activities/projects to resolve major issues and concerns e.g. collecting and analyzing data.  Drives roll-out of improvement solutions (where required) 
•    Provision of effective support to internal and external customers (e.g. training colleagues, leading claims/complaints investigations and managing trials) 
•    Effective communication and liaison with key influencers e.g. within the team, MPY RD&I, Technology Team, PRSA, Intellectual Property, other functions and external suppliers 
•    Maintains a safe working environment e.g. member of 5S team, supports H&S engagement audits, supporting BBS processes 

Key Activities

•    Demonstrates effective use of tools to manage and communicate multiple activities / projects e.g. Gantt charts.  Can explain rationale behind plan(s), identify rate determining steps & when contingency planning may be required 
•    Understands priorities when managing multiple activities / projects simultaneously by analyzing importance, relevance and urgency. For example, can effectively communicate impact / value to business (verbal &/or written) 
•    Results from lab work not as expected.  Can effectively analyze data and patterns to root cause.  Generates next steps for discussion with line manager before progressing 
•    Actively develops and sustains professional network to support development of themselves and effective progression of their day to day activities.  Can demonstrate use of others expertise to facilitate efficient delivery e.g. takes initiative/proactively seek out training from experts to support their day to day activities.  
•    Identifies improvement needs and suggests improvement activities/projects to resolve major issues/concerns within their day to day activities e.g. effectively communicates benefits & potential concerns for the improvement, develops and prioritizes options to discuss with line manager

Experience

•    PhD, Masters or BSc Degree or equivalent.  
•    Typically, >3 years’ experience or equivalent relevant experience

Education

PhD, Masters or BSc Degree or equivalent.  

 

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.

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