Jacqueline Oonincx

Director Engineering Excellence in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Hi. My name is Jacqueline Oonincx. I work for Advanced Manufacturing and Projects & Engineering, the Netherlands. I joined AkzoNobel back in 1987 as a research assistant working on paint technology, crystallization, mixing and modeling and stayed there until 1991. During that time, I combined my work with a part-time MSc in chemical technology at Twente University here in the Netherlands.

Over the last 25+ years, I have held a number of positions and have been involved in a broad spectrum of projects ranging from huge chlorine membrane electrolysis plants to implementing new technologies, account management, leading a team of 35 R&D process technologists from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, being the representative of the 300-strong RD&I community in Deventer, and leading the Strategic Research Group of 100 people for the Business Area Specialty Chemicals. In that time, I have built up expertise in all the facets of process engineering from design to start-ups, engineering, and R&D, and I’ve learned leadership and people skills through a hands-on approach to the job.

It’s a career path that has prepared me well for the position I hold today and has enabled me to work and lead a program with people in different functional areas, backgrounds and nationalities. Without a doubt, it’s something I don’t think I would have been able to do 25 years ago. In that respect, I think AkzoNobel has helped me "manage" my career in a very natural and effective way and given me every opportunity to develop in both my area of expertise as a leader.

But I don’t think it’s been all work and no play. My big passion outside my work is training my two border collies to take part in agility dog sports, a sport that is growing in popularity. I’ve also made a niche for myself as a trainer and coach in the sport. It provides the perfect foil to the work I do at AkzoNobel and is an ideal way for me to express my creativity in a completely different world.