Project Manager - Commercial

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Date: 11 Sep 2023

Location: Shanghai, CN

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.

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Job Purpose

The Project Manager initiates, directs and manages projects and programs within and outside of IT. The activities are centralized around managing projects based on required deliverables and value for AkzoNobel and related business case, resource and work planning & control, budget management, change management and product quality control. The scope of projects will focus on Order to Cash and related processes in SAP ECC; Sales, Logistics and Financial processes in Microsoft D365 F&O; or Sales, Marketing and Customer Service processes in CRM.

Key Accountabilities

- Proactively manage the pre-conditions for final project success

- Create project plans including objectives, deliverables, time plan, budget, organization

- Build effective project team structures and recruit /assign project staff

- Ensure project consultants are selected for the projects and programs

- Identify, manage and solve project risks and project problems

- Manage project scope, time utilization and ensure the project is delivered within budget

- Ensure projects meet industry leading quality standards

- Establish project steering with clearly defined steering and project team roles

- Provide leadership to project steering

- Show leadership to motivate team members in sharing a vision of a successful project

- Set the example by strictly working according to change management procedures and internal guidelines

- Define and negotiate project objectives, deliverables and roles when working with outsourced business partners

- Build and maintain relationships with global implementation partners and recruiters

- Ensures the execution of projects according to the AkzoNobel IM Project Management (IPM) Methodology

- Ensure compliance of the managed projects and programs with respect to IT project methods, approaches and project reporting

- Work with architecture to ensure that standards are implemented consistently in projects

- Work with security to ensure that projects comply to the appropriate security policy, and that incidents are tracked and reported

- Promotes best practice methods, approaches and practices for project management across the AkzoNobel IT community through mentoring, coaching and demonstrating project management leadership

- Stimulate the change to a more Agile way of working across the IM function

- Organize post project reviews and document lessons learned and contribute to have IM Projects Management and standard IM PM methodology continuously optimized.



- Bachelor's Degree in business management, computer science or related field

- Excellent Project Management skills and a proven track record of successful project implementation

- Project Management Certification (Prince, IPMA, PMI)

- 10+ years' experience in IT organization or comparable function and management of projects

- Solid knowledge and practice in SAP

- Good command of oral and written English

- Knowledge of business process (Supply Chain, Finance, Sales, etc.)

- Knowledge and experience of outsourcing services and contracts with Global IT providers.


Key Generic Competencies:

- Manage relationship with a large variety stakeholders

- Planning and organizing skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills and proactive attitude

- Strong analytical and problems solving abilities

- Good leadership capabilities

- Ability to engage and influence at all levels in the strategic agenda.

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.