Senior Research Chemist

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Date: Mar 31, 2024

Location: Melbourne, AU

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 International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect. 


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About This Opportunity:

As a Senior Research Chemist in our Melbourne hub, you will be a crucial part of our RD&I team, reporting directly to the Regional Platform Manager. Your primary mission? Develop and maintain the Coil product portfolio for South Asia, making impactful decisions and contributing to cutting-edge research in Industrial Coatings.

What You'll Do:

  • Creative design of new products, formulations, and test protocols in support of the Coil business
  • Effective management of multiple projects, ensuring alignment of goals and deliverables with business and market needs.
  • Close collaboration with regional & global product development teams to ensure the projects are in the right direction and meet customer/business needs.
  • Sets up, plans execute, analyses, interprets, and reports experiments.
  • Identifies new product/process optimization and technical solutions and new application opportunities for own area/domain and shares these with other professionals.
  • Maintain currently used procedure/methods up to date and improves relevant research methods in the field, ensuring the retention of knowledge through research reports.
  • Participates in or leads projects and ensures execution and delivery of technical results.
  • Performs activities in cooperation with other departments (eg. procurement, marketing, sales, manufacturing and Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs) and research locations.
  • Some interact with the suppliers and customers.
  • Protection of AkzoNobel technologies (IP law, patent applications)
  • Ensure that HSE and objectives are met in full, as per the Akzo Nobel OH&S Safety Plan, to provide a safe working environment with zero LTIs.

What We Require:

  • Industry Experience: 6-9 years in the Industrial Coatings sector.
  • Educational Background: PhD, Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/Polymer Science or equivalent.
  • Skills: Excellent communication, problem-solving, and project management skills. Proficiency in English.
  • Attributes: Self-motivated, team player, adaptable, and results-oriented with a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Tech Savvy: Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.

What We Offer:

  • Career Advancement: Join a global company committed to your growth with training and development opportunities.
  • Performance Bonuses: Your exceptional performance can earn you annual incentives on top of your base salary.
  • Employee Perks: Enjoy discounted private health insurance, on-site flexibility, and a range of health and well-being programs.
  • Global Impact: Be part of a team that transforms challenges into innovations for a sustainable future.

How to Apply:

Ready to redefine the landscape of Industrial Coatings? Apply now through the 'Apply Now' option. Be the catalyst for change and shape the future of the coatings industry with AkzoNobel!


Only successful candidates will be contacted. AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Please note: Background checking is a component of AkzoNobel's recruitment process.  This checking may include: identity, verification, reference checks, criminal background checks, immigration checks, verification of academic qualifications and medical checks. Should you wish to proceed with your application, we will request your consent to complete background checking on behalf of the company. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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