R&D Specialist

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Date: Feb 21, 2024

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. 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 a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

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In Short

As an R&D Specialist at AkzoNobel, you will be an integral part of our international R&D team based in Sassenheim, NL, focusing on the development of decorative products in Europe. Reporting to your team leader or occasionally to a PDC project leader, you will contribute to a variety of projects including the development of new and improvement of existing waterborne and solvent-based lacquers for the European market. Your role will also involve complexity reduction and cost-saving initiatives in line with the departmental plan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct experimental lab work autonomously within provided project framework and timelines, with the aim to develop new products and improve existing formulations for EMEA according to market requirements.
  • Based on your experience it is expected you will be able set-up your own experiments, analyze results, draw conclusions, and recommend next steps while reporting back to your project leader
  • Organize your planning in accordance with timelines and priorities discussed with your team leader
  • Test new and replace existing raw materials, if relevant by consulting colleagues and by studying related projects
  • Evaluate and optimize cost / performance properties of recipes
  • Support Production by solving issues and guiding of trial batches of new recipes
  • Report back in lab notes and small reports, and present results in project meetings.

What do you bring?

  • Bachelor of Science/Higher Vocational Education (Dutch: HBO), preferably with a few years of experience in a relevant R&D position
  • Or: Intermediate Vocational Education (Dutch: MBO-4 level) with experience in a relevant R&D position
  • Experience in the field of decorative coatings and paint preparation would be an advantage
  • Good understanding of English (and preferably Dutch) and the affinity to quickly learn and master internally used software packages
  • Enthusiastic, responsible and motivated team player
  • Committed to quality and respect to AkzoNobel’s health and safety standards.

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 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

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via https://www.akzonobel.com/en/careers. Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. It is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact our Talent Acquisition Partner, Marcel Thor at TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.


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: 33734 

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