Project & Improvement Manager

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Date: Mar 14, 2023

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.

In short (purpose of the job)

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Supply Chain Improvement Manager to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for analyzing and defining the value chain network, initiating, and driving required business improvements, and optimizing supply chain performance. The Supply Chain Improvement Manager will also manage commercialization activities for new product introductions (NPIs) and sourcing allocations.

Key Objectives of the Job:
•    Analyze and define business improvements and projects to optimize end-to-end supply chain performance.
•    Drive Supply Chain improvements in Business projects / Lighthouse and M&A
•    Secure that customer service offers are defined and secured in the end-to-end supply chain
•    Optimize supply chain performance and balance inventory, lot-sizes, lead-time, etc.
•    Master data support / maintenance for planning teams
•    Manage commercialization activities for NPI and sourcing allocations

Key responsibilities

•    Work on continuous supply chain assessment and benchmarking to identify business improvement opportunities.
•    Analyse and define business improvements and projects to optimize end-to-end supply chain performance.
•    Prepare customer service offers and translate them into replenishment models.
•    Support delivering BU supply chain KPIs in the region.
•    Provide support to assist the BU Supply Chain Director when issues are raised.
•    Work with the regional planning teams and liaise with the central Master Data teams and System Support Experts on master data update to ensure ERP system runs accurately.
•    Manage NPIs into the Supply Chain
•    Lead preparation of Buy vs. MAKE decisions and capital investment requests for approved NPI activities.
•    Work closely with planning and manufacturing functions to ensure innovations are timely and cost-efficiently introduced into the markets.
•    Execute product costing and include options for the marketing teams as part of the overall NPI stage-gate process.
•    Lead projects for compliance, cost savings, and complexity reduction
•    Perform network modelling to support sourcing decisions and complexity impact analysis.
•    Take care of third-party manufacturing sourcing and contracting
•    Work closely with Technical / RD&I, Marketing, and Commercial functions to ensure speed to market in new production introductions via the Stage Gate process.
•    Participate and contribute to the related IBP Product Management Review process

What do you bring (job requirements)

•   At least 8 years in Supply Chain function; strong experience in operations, planning, and good hands-on exposure to IT/ERP related projects
•    Master's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Operations Management, Science, or Engineering
•    APICS certified
•    Strong knowledge and experience with SAP preferred
•    Strong project management skills and deadline accountability
•    Functional excellence & credibility to drive the organization forward
•    Ability to operate effectively across different cultures and functions
•    Good communication skills, strong command in English
•    Awareness and compliance with general HSE requirements
•    Ability to travel 15-25% of the time

Become part of an outstanding company

If you are comfortable in a fast-paced and complex matrix environment and relish working in a change environment, we encourage you to apply. You will be working for an organization that is committed to your personal and professional growth.
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 with an above average number of annual holidays
•    participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan
•    fixed bonus
•    travel expenses to and from work
•    opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role
•    hybrid way of working
•    mobile phone and laptop
We welcome applicants who meet the requirements and are excited to take on this opportunity.

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume, cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Ashna Badal, Country Talent Acquisition Lead NL, 

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. 

An employment screening may 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: 28906