Team Leader, Technical R&D

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Strongsville, OH, US

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.

Position Summary:

This person will manage R&D activities and day-to-day operations through supervising and management of a team. Develop and implement an operational plan and objectives for the team within corporate guidelines, plans, and policies within its unit. Manages the execution of the multi-year plan in own team, safeguards planning and budget of activities and provides input to the development of the year plan. Plans and organizes the activities including well-defined goals and milestones and requires resources. Prioritize activities and appropriate levels of staffing. Partners within RD&I and other departments like supply chain and/or marketing.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Work with global technical team for portfolio management, move towards one global portfolio.

  • Lead and delegate the work (Complaints, Tasks LWR and projects) within the Packaging team, according to the prioritization set for the projects and the LWRS, with the technical Manager, and the technical leaders for the projects. All projects should be well defined with a clear product brief and delivery date

  • Execute longer SGE (2MY) with minimal guidance of line manager every 6 -12 months. Use strong project management techniques to enable effective work in development projects.

  • Secure business intelligence by keeping updated on the latest research, technology, raw material, publications, as well as news from market and customers.

  • Line manager responsibility for <10 employees. Within the team, ensure knowledge build-up and succession planning within all relevant chemistries and applications.

  • Work closely with Business Development OEM, including marketing and sales to create strong and clear business cases for new project proposals as well as in the delivering of projects.

  • Support technical  managers with guidance in product development and risk assessment to develop a healthy innovation funnel/pipeline.


What We Look For in a Candidate:

  • Has good knowledge of and is compliant with company quality systems (ISO 9001 / ISO14001/ ISO 18001).

  • A degree within chemistry, preferably PhD or  Master of Science. Relevant areas are Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Physical chemistry,

  • 5 years of practical experience of product development work.

  • The position requires good skills in English, and strong communication skills – ability to communicate within the  R&D team and with stakeholders.

    • Can prepare presentations and reports for senior management across more than one function at an appropriate level of technical detail.

    • Can simplify and teach complex technical concepts to junior chemists.


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 24476 

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland