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Project Manager

Date: Oct 11, 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 Project Leader I owns the whole project scope of a technical workstream and is responsible for successful delivery, in conjunction with other functions. S/he supervises junior staff and adequately manages resources and timelines to deliver outcomes. The Project Leader I demonstrates effectiveness in selling a technical vision, has the ability to think strategically, and has proven success at managing stakeholders at all levels.

Key Accountabilities

The Project Leader I supports the goals of the business by delivering the technical workstream on regional or global projects. S/He understands both formulation requirements and the market or customers being served.
The Project Leader I performs each essential duty safely, satisfactorily, and in a timely manner.

  • Oversee and/or lead the development of new products, or review of existing products, including scale up and customer trials
  • Complete benchwork alongside team members
  • Create workplans and review results with junior level team members
  • Plan on a quarterly to yearly timescale with regular stakeholder reviews
  • Train or transmit technical knowledge within the local, regional, or global team
  • Write and supervise execution of DOE’s, including data analysis and interpretation 
  • 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
  • Effective interaction with production sites to implement new products or make processing improvements

Experience and Education

The Project Leader I 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


  1. Bachelor degree or higher in a laboratory science, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering
  2. 4+ years work experience in chemistry or coatings industry
  3. Good knowledge of chemistry/polymers/formulation in coatings with previous hands-on experience
  4. Familiar with the StageGate and DOE process
  5. Available to travel for trials or customer visits (5-10%)


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: 15042



Nearest Major Market: Reading PA