Product Development Manager

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Date: Jun 14, 2022

Location: Shanghai, CN

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

Implement all relevant projects assigned for Waterproof NPL on time, and actively dig out opportunity for waterproof product innovation. Leverage internal and external knowledge and ensure development, transfer and retention of knowledge and information within the organization.  – 45%.

Identify product improvement opportunities through regular annual BBT, customer complaints, and newly issued government standards – 20%

Collaborate with Procurement team to define raw material strategy for relevant product, dig out cost saving opportunities and make sound judgements on the risks involved with formula change – 20%.

Provide technical solution to ISC in terms of Production rework/slob, RFT improvement, process optimization and government annual inspection & certification renewing etc.-10%.

Monitor/interfere team working progress – 5%.

Key Accountabilities

Support Technical Manager and work closely with Mkt Dept. to ensure the yearly new product launch on time

Monitor product quality closely through CCS and make preventive actions according to complaint analysis. Work with CR Dept. to ensure complaints resolved and the root cause dug out for important cases

Identify the opportunities for product improvement & enhancement via monitoring competitor products through regular BBT test, and new issued standard to ensure AN’s superiority and differentiation

Identify Value Engineering opportunities with procurement to achieve saving target and reduce RM shortage risk. Make sound risk assessment involved with formulation changes

Collaborate with Supply Chain Dept. to ensure products quality keep consistency, high RFT achievements, high production yields, trouble-free scale-ups and resolution of SLOB materials.   

Make sure all raw material and formulation used are fully compliant with global and China product stewardship government regulation

Communicate with supplier to make sure our technology is most updated.

Participate industry standard setting up, stay of ahead of regulation change with minimal cost impact


The position requires bachelor and above degree in chemistry, applied chemistry or strong technical related background.

Have solid knowledge in waterproof or other relevant Predeco categories, and sound experience of lab management for at least 5 years working experience.

Experience of operating in a business context and capability for problem solving / influencing on business problems and across functions

Has a proven track record of managing/leading technical projects in multi-national & cross-functional environment.

Be skilled in English and be capable to interact with senior colleagues across the other functions with ease

Required competencies


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: 22549