Fast Track Management Program

You've completed your Master’s degree and have a 3-5 years of work experience under your belt. You’re talented and ambitious. You’re looking to accelerate your career and develop your leadership potential in a challenging international environment. In other words, you're exactly who we’re looking for. Each year a small number of highly talented people join our Global Fast Track Management Program.

We are interested in people from every type of background. People who are already looking for answers to the major challenges the world is facing.

Show us what you can do by joining the AkzoNobel Fast Track Management Program. If you have what it takes, we’ll accelerate your career and help you take your ideas to the world.


Go further, faster, with AkzoNobel.

At AkzoNobel, we create everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. And we believe we can only grow our business as fast as we can grow our people.

We're committed to investing in their future and making their ideas go far – developing, sharing and using everyone's personal strengths to win as a team.

As part of this commitment, we've created the Fast Track Management Program. It’s a globally managed program for high potentials focused on building leadership capability and providing breadth of experience over an intensive, two-year period.

Once you pass our rigorous selection process, you'll join a vibrant and diverse group of ambitious early career professionals, all on an accelerated route to managerial positions. There’s a steep learning curve, but you’ll have an exciting opportunity to start building an impressive international network from the moment you join AkzoNobel.


You'll experience:

  • ​Three placements, including at least one that takes you abroad
  • Challenging assignments with real responsibility across a variety of businesses, locations and functions (e.g. marketing, supply chain, finance)
  • Comprehensive on-the-job training and support from a senior business mentor
  • Class-based training and development alongside fellow Fast Track Management Program peers

Ultimately, if you do well, you can expect to gain a managerial role early in your career with AkzoNobel.


Do you have what it takes?

The Fast Track Management Program is not for everyone – to be selected you need to be an outstanding achiever with senior leadership potential.

If you’re a talented professional with the ambition, drive and potential to take an accelerated route to the top – and are not yet employed by AkzoNobel – then you’re exactly the kind of person we’d like to see.


Essential requirements:

  • Three to five years of work experience
  • Master’s degree (Business, Engineering, MBA or similar degree preferred)
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Geographically mobile and willing to travel and relocate
  • Leadership skills, potential and ambition to fulfil senior business management positions in the future
  • Excellent people and communication skills, sound business acumen, passion and drive
  • High self-awareness and a desire to develop yourself and others
  • International orientation and cultural awareness.


How to apply

Applications for the 2016 Fast Track Management Program are now closed. To register your interest in the 2017 program, and keep up-to-date with the latest news, please join our exclusive LinkedIn group.