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Graduate Engineer Trainee - Rotational

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Sunshine, AU

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

The GET program is developed to give graduates the opportunity to rapidly develop in AkzoNobel and Manufacturing Department, while having an international experience.During the graduate programme, you will receive on-the-job training across diverse assignments in different areas: continuous improvement, project engineering, process engineering, production planning and/or reliability engineering.  Following this program, you will have the opportunity to be deployed to another site within AkzoNobel in the same region.  At the end of the graduate programme, based on readiness and performance, you will be assigned a final role in discussion with the Regional Manufacturing Organization from your host sites.

Key Accountabilities

  • Actively participate in all site health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability activities.
  • Use of statistical analysis and appropriate business excellence project management processes to identify areas of significant improvement and develops plans to realize the benefits
  • Investigate root cause of process failures, develop solutions for non-conforming products and implement improvement plans.
  • Understand and improve Manufacturing strategy and input into site development plan based on current capabilities.
  • Utilise the integrated asset management program within the sites lean operating principles, including the use of Work Management, Tactics, Hydrocarbon Management, Condition Monitoring, Defect Elimination, Operate for Reliability, Core Competencies and Metrics.
  • Generate and utilise charts and graphs to identify and analyze losses to prioritize opportunities for improvement
  • Analysis and improvement of material efficiencies.

Key Activities

Process Engineering

  • Interfaces with offsite functions such as R&D/marketing and central engineering for the industrialization of new products, new raw materials and recipe changes ensuring that changes on site are controlled and managed.
  • Provides expertise for onsite operations group during process related troubleshooting issues.
  • During project execution, plays a major role in commissioning, start-up and training, and then owning the technology for the site.
  • Contributes to site (process) improvements and contributes to CI / ALPS projects.

Project Engineering

  • Prepares, schedules, coordinates, and monitors the assigned engineering projects.
  • Cooperates and communicates daily with project members and stakeholders to interpret their needs and requirements and provides assistance and technical support.
  • Performs overall quality control of the work (budget, schedule, plans, personnel’s performance) and reports regularly on project status.
  • Audits projects after completion to measure project results against original project goals.
  • Reviews engineering deliverables and initiate appropriate corrective actions.


  • Maximum one-year experience
  • Exhibit high initiative and leadership in student organizations/extracurricular activities
  • High learning agility and high adaptability
  • Willing to learn & experience different functions/knowledge. Open & proactive to share and exchange
  • Excellent communication skills and inquisitive nature
  • Ability to think on his/her feet; and to influence and work as part of a team
  • Logical thinking. Analytical skills
  • Desire to live the AkzoNobel values and behaviors and cultural principles.
  • Ability to interact effectively with customers, community and other AkzoNobel visitors on a regular basis.
  • Awareness of Functional Safety legislation and Safety Integrated Systems.
  • HSE / quality compliance experience.
  • Capable of applying continuous improvement principles to reduce and control loss and waste
  • Understanding and application of 5S in the workplace.
  • Open for mobility (domestic & international). Can relocate to other countries on completion of the GET program


  • Fresh graduate with a positive attitude – From Bachelor (or Master’s degree) in all engineering discipline (electrical, mechanical, chemical, mechatronics, aeronautical, civil, industrial, etc.)


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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: 19024