Global Packaging Portfolio Value Creation Manager,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: Decorative Paints

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.


Drive the long-term improvement and optimization of a sophisticated global packaging capability

Every day, countless lives across the globe are more colorful thanks to AkzoNobel Decorative Paints (DP). Our Filling & Packaging (F&P) experts are central to this success, meeting the expectations of our customers through the highest standards of attractive, cost-effective and sustainable packaging.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to create and own the Value Creation roadmap (1 to 5 years) for DP Packaging,  in alignment with the regional business units (BUs),functions and AkzoNobel Sourcing.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as an excellent problem solver and change agent? Do you have the broad experience in business and market intelligence to make informed and data driven business decisions about consumer packaging? Have you acquired strong project planning and product category management skills in an international environment? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Global Packaging Portfolio Value Creation Manager 

The role and its responsibilities
The position is based at Sassenheim, the Netherlands, but you will also spend a lot of time at the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and at sites around the globe.

In order to establish the Value Creation roadmap for Packaging you develop a Packaging network across BUs, building the capability of BU packaging teams and securing agreement on short- and longer-term initiatives across all relevant parties.
These initiatives include portfolio improvement programs designed to: optimize operational excellence by reducing complexity in packaging portfolios; harmonize portfolios so that we benefit from economies of scale and drive cost savings; leverage best practice standards through the elimination of variants and long tails of slow moving packaging.

This demands that you ensure new technologies are fit for purpose across our markets and manufacturing sites, ensuring technical performance by validation, customer satisfaction, and increased sustainability of the BU portfolios.

You also control and prioritize packaging change requests or the upgrading of specs for existing BU portfolios via cross-functional networks, creating an understanding of data and steering decisions on which key issues to solve. 

Further, you work with Procurement and Corporate AN Sourcing on global preferred supplier agreements to benefit from economies of scale, delivering cost savings year on year. You also gather business and market intelligence and run high-level analyses on patterns in markets, customers, packaging to be cross marketed, segments and sites/BUs we can push with our portfolio standards.

As such, this is a role for someone who can bring strong leadership skills and a proven ability to provide clear business direction within a matrix organization. You will travel globally on a project basis.


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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 11, 2016

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South Holland



Business unit

Decorative Paints

Job family

ISC Management

Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
• MSc or University degree in Technical engineering and/or Business Economics, and around 15 years of relevant experience;
• Experience of leading cross-functional complex projects and processes (Lean Methodologies and Design for Six Sigma certification preferred);
• Experienced in the use of project management and CI tools and methodologies, and able to train and mentor other Project Managers on Project Management methodologies;
• Familiar with Business Case development including Financials (NPV) and Project Charter;
• Able to comprehend the technical aspects of a product sufficiently to communicate impact across all levels of the organization;
• Strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English.
Application details
For further information, please contact CoE Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 160005R7.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens, Alabastine and Jozo. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.