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Solutions Lab Group Leader

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Date: Oct 21, 2020

Location: Troy, MI, US

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 operation planning, coordination, developing, administrating and approving formula development and other color activities
  • Prioritizing, planning and monitoring of color work requests for all team members in alignment with the demand and portfolio
  • Work in projects as a team lead or member
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure alignment between customer needs and Research and Development output
  • Understand color strategy and have customer contact to know process, technology and challenges for new colors
  • Attracting, leading, coaching, appraising and developing team members
  • Continuous improvement of day-to-day color activities
  • Demonstrating and driving safety leadership
Key Accountabilities
  • Leading a team of +/-17 FTE color experts, color matchers and mixers and ensuring execution and delivery of agreed plans, using multiple areas of expertise
  • Delivery of color output according to plan
  • Prioritize activities and arrange for appropriate level of staffing
  • Continuous improvement of department knowledge and efficiency
  • Strengthens and develops the capabilities of the team (members)
  • Partner within Research and Development and other departments (like supply chain and/or marketing) 
  • Project leader and team member for color related projects
  • Lead Research and Development contact for customer and attends customer meeting and develops overview and technology presentations
  • Driving engagement and managing talent development and succession planning
  • Analyze, standardize and optimize color processes and data
  • Manage Production support, including formulation engineering process optimization, scale up process, batch support 
  • Manage proposing and implementation of new pigments and components, if necessary, to match color
  • Ensure job profiles are in place, sets objectives for team members, review development and provide clear, open and constructive feedback on performance combined with the appropriate actions
  • Follow and coordinate that 5’s, BBS, and safety are followed by all team members
  • Ensuring end to end project management, incorporating relevant experiments, methodology and tools, intellectual property, knowledge development and customer needs, using AkzoNobel project management standards.
  • Formulation/technology alignment within Research and Development team to ensure that information is always up to date
  • Manage material evaluation to support Value Engineering and other cost efficiency programs
  • Ensure that color members use/have correct tools (e.g. software, material, hardware)
Key Activities
  • Execution of activities within the year plan framework
  • Team coordination and management
  • Choose correct tools for color development process in terms of technology
  • Create and optimize color development process in team
  • Request for new pigments
  • Local day-to-day color development process from cradle-to-grave
  • Expense approval for team members
  • Project leader for color related projects
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field and +10 years of managerial experience or Master’s Degree in related field and 6+ years of managerial experience
  • Experience or affinity for color and software
  • Experience in project-based working, preferable as project lead
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.  Experience using SAP and color software
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong communication skills including fluent English (speaking & writing) 
  • Strong coordination skills




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: 5371 

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit