Colour Specialist

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Date: Jun 28, 2024

Location: Melbourne, AU

Company: AkzoNobel

About AkzoNobel

Since 1792, we’ve been supplying the innovative paints and coatings that help to color people’s lives and protect what matters most. Our world class portfolio of brands – including International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and use our expertise to sustain and enhance the fabric of everyday life. Because we believe every surface is an opportunity. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering and long-established paints company that’s dedicated to providing sustainable solutions and preserving the best of what we have today – while creating an even better tomorrow. Let’s paint the future together.

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The opportunity:

Are you passionate about colour and innovation in the coatings industry? Do you have a knack for developing precise colour matches and supporting technical teams? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are seeking a dedicated and skilled Colour Specialist to join our Powder Coatings team at Sunshine, Melbourne. This role is crucial in supporting our Australian and New Zealand operations by providing technical direction in product development, cost management, and customer service. Reporting to the Colour Team Leader and Lab Manager, you will ensure timely and accurate colour developments, helping AkzoNobel secure and retain customers and contracts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and Refine Colour Matches: Use Powder Formulation Guidelines to create and fine-tune colour matches that meet customer specifications and technical needs. Work within budget constraints to ensure cost-effectiveness. Collaborate closely with sales and technical teams to understand customer requirements and market trends, delivering consistent, high-quality results.
  • Maintain the Powder Formulation Database: Keep the Powder Formulation Database (PV) updated and accurate to compile and analyze data that enhances the colour matching team’s performance. Ensure formulas are correctly loaded into SAP for production, facilitating smooth operations. Regularly audit and validate data to maintain its integrity.
  • Calibrate Test Equipment: Regularly calibrate allocated test equipment according to scheduled timeframes to comply with quality regulations, accreditations, and internal policies. Accurate calibration ensures the precision and reliability of testing processes, contributing to high product quality and safety standards.
  • Support the Sales Team: Provide expert advice on colour adjustments and capabilities to the sales team, enabling them to effectively communicate technical information to customers. Translate complex technical concepts into understandable terms, offering quick, reliable solutions to customer queries and challenges.
  • Promote Health and Safety Programs: Support and uphold safety and 5S programs in the powder laboratory, aligning with Akzo Nobel’s EH&S programs. Conduct regular safety audits, train staff on safety protocols, and ensure all safety and 5S KPIs are met. Foster a strong safety culture and continuous improvement mindset.
  • Manage Project Activities: Plan and oversee project activities under the guidance of the Lab Manager to meet project objectives within agreed timelines. Coordinate with cross-functional teams, set clear milestones, track progress, and address any issues promptly to ensure timely delivery and high-quality outcomes.
  • Prepare and Test Samples: Prepare and test samples using established formulation guidelines or directions from the Lab Manager. Ensure precise measurement, thorough testing, and accurate documentation to meet product design objectives. Attention to detail and adherence to protocols are crucial for maintaining product integrity.
  • Conduct Laboratory Service Requests (LWR): Execute Laboratory Service Requests, including conducting necessary tests and preparing detailed written reports as directed by the Lab Manager. Approach testing methodically, record data accurately, and produce comprehensive reports to support decision-making and customer satisfaction.

What We're Looking For:

  • Education background in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field.
  • Previous experience related to colour matching and formulation within the coatings industry.
  • Hands-on experience with colour matching software and maintaining formulation databases.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities with attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with high accuracy.
  • Strong collaboration skills with sales teams and cross-functional departments.
  • Uphold health and safety standards: promote and maintain safety and 5S programs in a laboratory setting.

What We Can Offer:

Being a Global company, we have a suite of benefits we can offer than your standard permanent role and job stability:

  • Career Pathway and Training: We're committed to helping you reach your career goals. We offer training and development opportunities that open doors to your next steps.
  • Performance Bonuses: Don't settle for the ordinary. You have the potential to earn more with performance bonuses on top of your base salary!
  • Let AkzoNobel, help you meet your health goals: Your health matters to us. Enjoy a free annual flu vaccination and financial support for health and wellbeing programs of your choice each year.
  • Want to stretch your dollar further? Enjoy our employee benefits on discounted private health insurance with Bupa and free access for you and your family on our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), that include discount on retail goods and services. 
  • Looking for more perks? Join us to find out more…

How to Apply:

If you meet the above criteria and are ready to contribute to our team, we encourage you to apply! Submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your experience and qualifications.

Join us in making a colorful difference in the world with AkzoNobel!

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.

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