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Date: 17-Mar-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.

Job Purpose

Based at our plant in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, you will become part of a dynamic, complex, and global business with a high level of technical and quality requirements. As mentioned, one of your core tasks is to execute lab requests from (mainly) marketing for all kind of products, performing complaints analysis and propose solutions, and to support our production plant in supplying the high quality our customers demand. This involves performing desk studies and drawing up test programs with realistic time schedules. Being able to work in multi-discipline teams is key.

This role includes execution of test programs (characterization of paint, preparation panels, apply paint, system testing, color measurements etc) and work closely with service departments and application specialists. 

Finally, you should always evaluate results, formulate conclusions, and propose next steps, documenting and presenting all in English.

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follows safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, in both the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment;
  • Works according to quality standards as set by Lab management (for example ISO 9001);
  • Conducts a significant level of formulation and technical work in the lab as defined in the project or production support plan;
  • Can be deployed flexibly throughout the organization;
  • Documents lab results through appropriate means including databases, laboratory notebooks, Technical summary reports and monthly summaries;
  • Delivering project results on time;
  • Feasible and timely development according to business needs;
  • Correct use of methodologies and tools;
  • Asks appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters;
  • Is familiar with characterization techniques, e.g. mechanical and chemical techniques;
  • Can give occasional functional guidance to technician level employees (direct coaching of 1 or 2 technicians is not excluded).

Key Activities

  • Switch quickly the best possible solution and (dare to) decide based on the obtained data and move forward.
  • Perform all kind of paint related tests (wet and dry).
  • Making paint on lab scale needed for testing.
  • Create and implement statistical set-ups.
  • Reporting in Lab-Notes and Technical Reports and occasionally presentations to marketing.


  • Experienced HBO/Bachelor chemistry (or related) level education, preferably with experience of the paint chemistry.
  • Fresh WO/Master graduate chemistry (or related) level education.
  • Able to make and present sub-studies Quality driven and awareness 
  • Proactively find solutions to improve quality and effectively deal with new Marketing requests.
  • Self-starter.
  • Knowledge of statistics and DoE, or willingness to attend courses in this field
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including strong written and verbal Dutch and English.

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.