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Date: Feb 9, 2021

Location: Suzhou, CN

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

Responsible for the operational HR delivery aligned to the business or functional  agenda and to the HR agenda                                                                                                                                                                    
In their area of responsibility they help the business or function to achieve  objectives by giving good quality HR advice and guidance based on sound HR knowledge, professionalism and an understanding of the AkzoNobel HR Strategy and practices
Where required this role will take the lead in managing employee and industrial relations at the relevant level working with employee or works councils and local Union representatives.
Work with other areas of the HR Operating Model (People Services and CoE) to ensure a comprehensive high quality HR service to our internal customers                                                                                                                                        

Key Accountabilities

Coach and support people managers so that they have the necessary capability to carry out activities in the annual employee calendar (P&DD and talent management processes, annual Reward calendar etc).  Where necessary guide managers to the other areas in the HR model that will support them (people services, CoEs)
Facilitate the P&DD and Talent calibration processes
Facilitate Operational Workforce Planning at the relevant level working with the business/function.
Provide day to day coaching and advice to managers to facilitate planning and decision making in areas such as recruitment, development and local restructuring requirements (subject to the standard business/function approval processes)
Support and coach managers in dealing with day to day employee management, including individual performance issues and absence management
Support and coach managers in discussions relating to job evaluation, pay and reward working with the Regional Rewards CoE as required.
Work with local business/functional teams to identify learning and development requirements and liaise with the regional CoE partners to deliver solutions
Work with the regional CoE partners to roll out AkzoNobel global learning initiatives in their area.
Work with managers to identify and manage talent locally.  Leverage the CoE's expertise and resources to define an actionable development plan and ensure follow-up to build a talent pipeline and ensure succession planning.
Work with managers to improve employee engagement. Work with site or other management teams to encourage employee communication and support local engagement or community events.
Be a role model for the company values and leadership behaviors and champion these locally.

Key Activities

Support and/or lead local plans for standardization and continuous improvement within the sites/client teams
Work with other HR peers to ensure that AkzoNobel global HR processes are implemented within their area of responsibility
Explain and support the standard HR Operating model, directing managers and employees to the correct part of the model
Take ownership where they identify data inaccuracies and address them with the appropriate part of the model/business
Ensure managers and employees are using the self-service tools available and address transactional HR topics with People Services.
Act as CoE ‘Champions’ i.e. as a local extension of the CoE team to provide delivery of services such as training or rewards.
Assess quality of service and provide customer feedback to the HR function to drive continuous improvement


Safeguard the company by ensuring compliance to local legal requirements in all aspects of HR policy, taking advice from outside legal advisors where required
Help to promote awareness of the AkzoNobel Speak Up process and participate in investigations as required
Manage local labor relations (unions, work councils)
Counsel line managers and/or employees in employee relations procedures, including labor disputes.
Participate in local internal and external audits
Provide the relevant level of HR input to the AkzoNobel internal compliance processes e.g. ‘In Control’
As window to local labor bureaus, union and committee to ensure employment compliances
Expert to handle Employee Relation cases


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Requisition ID: 8517