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Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Umbogintwini KZN, ZA

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

  • Co-designs lab experiments to help achieve customer requirements.
  • Analyze, interpret and report results using project needs and objectives as well as R&D methods and techniques and production guidelines
  • Conducts benchmarking of developed products vs competitor products to gauge level of performance.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop new products or improve existing products as per project brief
  • Support evaluation of raw material contingencies
  • Conducts laboratory experiments, analyses laboratory results and share them with his/her manager.
  • Documents (Lab) results, visits etc through appropriate reporting systems.
  • Shares knowledge gained during product development stage with MU factory support & ISC teams.
  • Co-designs products that meet project brief in terms technical requirements and cost. 
  • Conducts benchmarking of developed products vs competitor products to gauge level of performance.
  • Support the transition of new formulas from R&D-LTS to production (MU support team)


  • University degree in Chemistry or Applied Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Relevant paint laboratory experience
  • Good English language skills (writing, reading and ideally good speaking level)
  • Be proactive, rigorous, organized and curious
  • Be result oriented, focus on problem solving
  • Knowledge on computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Available to travel to Product Development Centre (PDC) and supporting labs and territories when required.
  • Knowledge of paint formulating, manufacturing, and industrialization processes is nice to have, but not a must

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 28163