Communications Manager, Internal Engagement, Decor,

Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam

Business unit: Corporate Communications & Public Affair

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. We’re a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. We’re currently strengthening our Global Communications function; developing an integrated, world class team and building capabilities in key areas such as digital, public affairs and internal engagement. As we transition towards being a more purpose-led company, there’s never been a more exciting time to be part of AkzoNobel’s Global Communications team, which is at the beating heart of bringing our company purpose to life.

The BA Decorative Paints Communications Manager, Internal Engagement
is part of AkzoNobel’s Global Communication function and responsible for defining and executing Business Area specific internal communicaton/engagement plans, as well as supporting AkzoNobel’s global internal communications/engagement strategy to increase the internal engagement of AkzoNobel’s employees.
Be a member of the Internal Engagement team based in Amsterdam and provide Internal Communications/Engagement support to the Performance Coatings Business Area to further increase the engagement of the AkzoNobel employees in the division. This role includes contributing to and implementing the global internal communications strategy and developing plans to support Business Area specific communication objectives. Oversees and manages change communications in the Business Area Decorative Paints; provides counsel and coaching on internal communications related topics to the leadership team.
You are a proven internal communications advisor with extensive experience in change communications. Strong ability to understand business priorities and translate strategy into communications plans. Acts as a trusted advisor and builds strong relationships at highest senior levels. You can prioritize, plan and co-ordinate multiple business demands and manage the expectations of your stakeholders effectively. An experienced and hands-on communication advisor who will focus on a core set of deliverables and metrics and who feels comfortable to coach and advise senior leaders to increase engagement.  
Key Objectives and  Accountabilities
- Responsible for designing and implementing Company and Business Area specific communication plans that drive AkzoNobel’s internal engagement and help to transform AkzoNobel employees into true ambassadors of the brand, the purpose and the strategy, using the overall reputation drivers (innovation, sustainability and Human Cities)
- Provides communication advice and counsel to the Decorative Paints leadership team in all internal and change communication related matters with a focus on enabling the leadership team to engage AkzoNobel’s employees in the company strategy and purpose.    
- Ensures consistency of all communication materials and key messages delivered in the Business Area Decorative Paints   
- Acts as role model when it comes to living the company values and core principles, acts as brand ambassador and actively promotes the company strategy and purpose
- Develops relevant key messages and provides coaching/training to the members of the Decorative Paints leadership team
- Oversees and manages all change related communications in the Business Area Decorative Paints to ensure quality and consistency in key message delivery 
- Builds a strong network within the company and engages with internal stakeholders from the businesses, HR, Finance, Marketing, RD&I and Operations to drive storytelling and campaigns that support the deployment of the AkzoNobel strategy and drive engagement
- Follows and implements trends and best practices in internal communications, engagement and change communications

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November 08, 2016

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North Holland



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Corporate Communications & Public Affair

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Requirements for Job (education or experience required to be able to perform this job):
- University degree in communications with exceptional writing and presentation skills
- Experience working in an international matrix organization and comfortable with building relationships at highest senior levels
- 10-13 years’ experience in internal communications and change communications with a strong business acumen    
- Experience with highly complex communication issues and project management, strong ability to prioritize
- Understanding of strategy and business priorities and the ability to translate these into internal engagement / communication plans
- Proven ability to advise and coach senior leaders in all internal communication/engagement related maters
- Track record in implementing change communication and internal engagement plans and deliver against metrics 
- Team player with an open and energetic attitude, easy to shift between strategy and execution, who can work independently, performs well under pressure and can handle multiple demands from his/her stakeholders.
Application details
For further information, please contact Jan-Kees Stout, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, phone no. +31 (0)88 010 6789 option 2. We welcome your online application via our website, reference 160002OU
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