Expert Color Matcher,

United States, Michigan, Troy

Business unit: Speciality Coatings

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.


Key Objectives/Principal Accountabilities:

• Responsible for the completion of assigned color formula development projects. Working closely with Group Leader to support the color and application projects and supervises the activities to insure achieving the specified result.
• Define starting pigmentation using visual and instrumental methods, developing color formulas which match automotive standards using specified customer application procedures.
• Review of formulas to ensure consistency with technology guidelines.
• Supply of customer trial samples, and creation of color standard panels meeting customer expectations.
• Responsible to coordinate with the human resources allocated to insure timely completion of projects. Serves as the primary application liaison and provides application support to other internal functional groups as well as customers regarding assigned color formulation projects. This includes taking part in formal and informal internal and customer meetings and interfacing with customers as required obtaining formal color approval.
• Provides progress updates, technical plans, project summaries and other internal correspondences as required to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs.
• Proactively supports all activities to ensure that a safe environment and professional laboratory appearance is maintained. Manages safety and environmental regulations by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements.
• Provides color and application training and department introductions for Color personnel. Assists in R&D, Technical projects, especially with respect to investigations of application evaluations.
• Promotes the current quality system through adhering to the elements and ensuring that all group members are thoroughly familiar with and adhere to the philosophy, quality statement, quality manual, and are competent in the appropriate procedures. This position also has the responsibility and authority to prevent the occurrence of product nonconformity.
• Promotes a positive example in daily activities, as well as mentoring group members and participating positively in cross functional planning/ problem solving activities.
• Performs additional duties as required.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Speciality Coatings

Sub business unit

Speciality Coatings_North America

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

·         Educational: Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from 4 year college or related field experience.
·         Skill set: 10+ years hands on experience in color development/domain specializing in waterborne and effect color matching.
·         Color vision: (>70 typical Good) is a must. The candidate will be tested.
·         People Management skills: Supervisory and employee management skills of minimum 5 years
·         Travel: Possible < 10% to internal and external customer sites and not required
·         Knowledge of colorimetry, paint products and statistical methods
·         Risk assessment: root cause analysis
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills
·         Equipment Knowledge  ie. Color, Bell, estat, program, versus knowledge ***color software, spectrophotometer,
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office, and MS Project
·         Detail Oriented 
·         Must be able to lift up to 65 pounds and stand for long periods of time.  Also requires extensive stooping and bending.
·         Candidate must be able to work in a manufacturing & laboratory environment and be capable of wearing an air purifying respirator.  To wear a respirator per OSHA regulations, candidate must pass medical evaluation and fit testing to qualify as a respirator user.

As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).