Industrial Automation Engineer

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Date: Jun 21, 2022

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Purpose of the job

The Digital & Automation Engineer position is to support the site(s) in their Digital & Automation journey through technical capability to specify, install, maintain & safeguard Industrial Control System (ICS) and associated systems. Further to collaborate with site(s) and regional teams to augment existing automation capabilities, capture future opportunities and create road maps for automation projects that support the business objectives.

Functional OT / ICS Excellence:

  • Provide hands on expertise and technical guidance to the site on the control systems repairs, design changes, and projects because of troubleshooting or performance evaluation.
  • Develop, Update and Maintain sites digital map (network architecture) of the Industrial control system (ICS), this include but not limited to equipment locations, IP / MAC addresses, routes etc. 
  • Implement effective backup and recovery measures of the (ICS) software
  • In relation to the Industrial control system update and maintain the site’s business continuity plan
  • Support Site Responsible Engineer / s to maintain (ICS) Spares Inventory. 
  • Collaborate with the Regional Digital Deployment teams and Support the site to prepare the prerequisites (hardware / software) for digital initiatives. i.e. Shutdown management, Performance Portal etc.  
  • Work with automation integrators to define & design solutions, obtain project proposal and final vendor selection.
  • Provide support on contracts with control system OEM for online and offline support.
  • Setup/install/Support non-corporate IT equipment e.g. scanners, printers etc.


Site Cyber Security:


  • As nominated Site Cyber Security Officer (SCSO)
  • Ensure that the OT cyber security standards and policies are implemented and report compliance
  • Execute periodical Cybersecurity Risk Assessment / Vulnerability Assessments of the Systems
  • Communicate the site-specific cyber security requirements to suppliers and contractors
  • Attend and Lead the ICS awareness training at site 
  • Supervise the Threat and Vulnerability identification process
  • Document, and track ICS assets life cycle




  • For the Industrial Control System (PLCs & SCADA) ensure below is up to date and recorded
  • Safety Data Sheets 
  • All Safe Operating Limits (SOLs) 
  • Control system logic diagrams, loops, and Critical process interlock
  • Assess, identify, and maintain critical equipment in context of ICS
  • Participate in plant HAZOP’s and provide expertise for functional safety. 

People / Relation Management:


  • Secures outsourcing to designated third party provider as needed and manages third party providers while on site
  • Liaison with IM and Sub contractors in maintaining site Industrial control system (ICS). 
  • Recognize the need for, and seeking professional advice and/or assistance for areas beyond specific knowledge and experience
  • Keep close coordination with Digital Architect & ISC Cybersecurity Officer for functional support and guidance. 

What do you bring?

Technical Skills


  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics, Industrial control or similar. 
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Previous experience of factory digital transformation programs
  • Control System maintenance experience in a large, high volume manufacturing facility
  • Strong knowledge of cybersecurity, network architecture, and data collection methodologies
  • Experience in programming/troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Experience with Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Honeywell, ABB etc. 
  • Experience in different communication protocols (Profibus, Modbus, serial, ethernet, wireless etc.)
  • Database management (OPC, SQL etc.)
  • Field instrument experience


Soft Skills


  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with production employees, peers, and manufacturing management
  • Must be able to work with minimal direct guidance or direction from others
  • Must have experience managing multiple projects and working on and/or leading multi-disciplined teams or workgroups
  • Should be flexible in working hours


Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • a competitive salary (MM3) with an above average number of annual holidays;
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan; 
  • travel expenses to and from work;
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role;
  • Fixed Bonus.


We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If applicable, is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Beslic, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps. An online assessment might be part of the selection process. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 22296