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Date: Jun 15, 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

To develop, prepare, execute and analyze research elements (e.g.  problems, questions, ideas) in own discipline.

Develop new and improve existing research methodology, in line with the RD&I strategy, project and RD&I functional standards, in order to gain insight into new developments.

Drive the realization of objectives of innovative and/or developmental projects, meeting timelines and quality as set.

Key Accountabilities

Creative design of new products, formulations and test protocols in support of Aerospace and CE application development.

Collaboration with global product and application development teams to ensure the projects are carried on in the right direction and meet with customer’s needs.

Sets-up, plans, executes, analyzes, interprets and reports experiments in own business unit.

Identifies new product/process optimization, technical solutions and new application opportunities for own area/domain and shares these with management

Keeps currently used methods up to date and improves relevant research methods in the field. Ensures retention of knowledge through research reports and ensures other team members stay up to date.

Participates in, or leads projects and ensures execution and delivery of technical results

Formulates and presents solution directions and issues advice at request or at own initiative

Performs activities in cooperation with other departments (like procurement, marketing, operations, application research, PSRA, Technology) and research locations to support research activities

Protection of AkzoNobel technologies (IP law, patent applications)

Functional guidance of technician / specialist level team members.

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)

Can be deployed flexibly throughout the organization


Academic level, MSc, or experienced BSc

Comfortable with writing and speaking in English, to international stakeholders

Ability to communicate in a clear way and present ideas to technical (R&D / Tech Service etc) and non-technical (Sales / Customer Service / Marketing etc) stakeholders

Knowledge of typical high performance coatings paint systems used in the Aerospace industry (e.g. polyurethane, epoxy-amine) - or having the chemistry/polymer knowledge to understand the recipes

Knowledge of typical paint manufacturing technologies

Familiar with industry quality standards / norms and customer specifications (experiences from other industries such as Automotive are beneficial)

Ability to work on multiple topics simultaneously

Ability to prioritize tasks according to the business needs and local site processes

Act as local liaison for the production of Aerospace recipes in China


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: 22119