Tech Cat Leader - Additives

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Date: Aug 4, 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 portfolio of Additives is technically one of the most complicated and commercially most complex portfolio (>4,500 Raw Materials, 30% of AkzoNobel portfolio, 664M Euro Spend, >1,000 Suppliers).

The Technical Category Leader Additives works together with the R&D teams, the Sourcing Director and their team on the raw material portfolio simplification strategy and implementation of the diverse portfolio that makes up the RM category ‘Additives’.

Key responsibilities

  • Develops the technical strategy for the Additives raw material portfolio, with the main goal to reduce complexity in the portfolio.
  • Functionally leads raw material specialists involved in raw material groups (Slates) for Additives
  • Takes a global, P&C view on Additives portfolio by building and maintaining a network across BU’s.
  • Acts as gate keeper in raw material portfolio management for Additives (introduction approvals, deletions, slate classifications)
  • Technical counterpart for sourcing category lead for Additives.
  • Continuously drives implementation of potential alternatives, value engineering opportunities and “smart” opportunities to accelerate phase out of non-core materials, working closely with the R&D and Productmanagement function in the BU.
  • Provides guidance and advices alternative solutions in case of supply contingency issues
  • Drives a continuous effort to increase data quality and consistency in raw material slates
  • Ensures protection of AkzoNobel IP/technologies
  • Trains and coaches colleagues to build knowledge and expertise
  • Contributes to ongoing (process related) projects in the team

What do you bring?

  • MSc or PhD in technical / scientific background such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • In-depth understanding of coatings technology, and formulations and raw materials used in paints a/o coatings
  • Typically >10 years experience in paints a/o coatings company, as a formulator and project team member.
  • Experience with working internationally and with multiple disciplines (procurement, R&D, supply chain)
  • Ability to influence and motivate persons to getting things done beyond the hierarchical reporting lines
  • Strong affinity with change management and willingness to challenge the status-quo
  • Proven track record of providing solutions for technical challenges based on deep scientific knowledge and on profound understanding of customer needs.


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
  • Hybrid working

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via

Only online applications including resume & motivation letter will be considered.

If you have any questions, please send an email to to the attention of Tim Laan, Talent Acquisition Partner. No messages via Linkedin please. 


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: 24175