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Date: Jan 13, 2021

Location: Reading, PA, 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 Lab Technician I supports daily project tasks and lab work requests under supervision. The employee will be proficient at working with defined standard operating procedures (SOPs) and with guidance, making minor adjustments to established product lines to achieve requested project results. The employee must constructively interact with all other R&D personnel to facilitate a well-run organization.

Key Accountabilities


The Lab Technician I performs each essential duty safely, satisfactorily, and in a timely manner. 

  • Undertakes R&D Fast Track processes including powder preparation, spraying, testing, and evaluation of powder coatings to meet specific project requirements.
  • Understand and follow a batch ticket (recipe) with high degree of accuracy for weights and measurements.
  • Follow daily work plan for Lab Work Request or project plan
  • Correctly label all samples whether powder or panels
  • Maintain clean and organized work environment 
  • Identifying issues and root cause - Collects data and information to understand (potential) issues and supports identification of root cause.
  • Implementing solutions - Uses best-practices and past solutions for identified issues and implements prescribed steps for effective resolution.
  • Applying techniques, methodology and tools - Demonstrates basic understanding of relevant existing techniques & methodologies; follows the principles of techniques and methodologies in own work.
  • Promotes the quality system through adhering to the elements of and being familiar with the philosophy, quality statement, and procedures.
  • Promotes health, safety and environmental regulations by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Performs other duties as required for the success of Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.
  • Attend and participate in Powder R&D Programs/Committees/Training as required, such as Department Safety, Behavioural Safety (BBS), Housekeeping Audit Teams, ISO, Life Saving Rules or any other safety programs.
  • Adhere to the Golden Principle which is simply to intervene to stop work if conditions or behaviour are unsafe.

Key Activities

The Lab Technician I exhibits the following skills and behaviors:

  • Conform with all site and laboratory safety requirements and policies, including participation in AkzoNobel safety programs including audits, safety meetings, and demonstrating safe practices and behaviours    
  • Self motivated, proactive, quick learner
  • Effective interpersonal skills, keeping direct manager and team members informed of progress
  • Maintain excellent relationships within the scope of their work. 
  • Own personal and career development
  • Demonstrate continuous commitment to business goals and initiatives as sole contributor

Required Experience

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 0-2 years work experience in laboratory or manufacturing environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication 


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: 7712 #LI-SB2

Nearest Major Market: Reading PA