Communications Business Partner– Surface Chemistry,

United States, Illinois, Chicago

Business unit: Performance 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.


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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals –has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications Manager. The Communications Manager is a member of the North American Integrated Communications team and will be responsible for the development and execution of global communication plans supporting AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry business unit. The Communications Manager role will support all facets of communications including internal engagement, reputation management, external communications, public affairs, crisis communications and serve as the communications advisor to the Surface Chemistry Managing Director and business unit management team. The Communications Manager may also play a minor role supporting one of the company’s Performance Coatings strategic market units based in North America.

AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry is the science that can make all the difference in the quest for more environmentally sound and cost-effective industrial processes. We are a member of the worldwide AkzoNobel group and one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty surfactants. Using a combination of chemical expertise, process technology and application know-how, we solve problems for a multitude of manufacturers and formulators. Our products range from formulations for industrial and household cleaning to pelleting aids for animal feed, systems for road paving, flotation agents for the purification of minerals and personal care.
Specific Tasks:
- Prioritizing and managing communication needs specific to the Surface Chemistry business

- Collaboration and execution of the strategic Business Area Specialty Chemicals communication objectives

- Leveraging the global AkzoNobel communications matrix model to support the Polymer Chemistry business communication needs outside of North America

- Responsible for designing integrated communication strategies that drive AkzoNobel’s corporate brand and business unit objectives leveraging the appropriate corporate and business reputation drivers

- Support all facets of communications including internal engagement, reputation management, external communications, public affairs, crisis communications and serve as the communications advisor the Surface Chemistry Managing Director and business unit management team

- Identify and build newsworthy stories from Surface Chemistry business that help promote the AkzoNobel brand with external stakeholders

- Provide communications counsel and mine stories with business unit functional areas including HR, Commercial Excellence, Sales, RD&I and Integrated Supply Chain

- Excellent commercial acumen with the ability to translate internal values and external market information into integrated communications campaigns

- Collaborate with the External and Internal functions at a Specialty Chemicals Business Area level to align strategy, channel strategy and share best practices

- Manages the Surface Chemistry business editorial calendar to align with the global editorial calendar

- Support of a Performance Coatings strategic market unit based in North America

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


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Performance Coatings

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Minimum of 7 years of experience in communications (internal and external) with a strong business acumen
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field with exceptional analytical, writing and presentation skills
- Previous experience working in either a corporate communications or PR agency environment
- Understanding of the chemical and coatings industry and communicating to online and “offline” employees in a manufacturing environment
- Experience working in an international matrix organization adept at building effective relationships with key internal stakeholders across the company
- Experience leveraging a range of communication channels and tactics to reach internal and external stakeholders
- Proven ability to develop and execute global communications programs
- Experience with crisis communications
- Experience with managing complex communication issues, budget and project management
- Team player with a positive attitude, who can easily shift between strategy and execution of tasks
- Ability to travel up to 30% of the time, travel to visit other plants
- Must possess a valid Driver's License

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening. In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required
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)