Supply Chain Project Manager,


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.


A wide-ranging and international role for an autonomous, experienced and collaborative project manager
AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints (DP) brands are popular with consumers and business users worldwide. This success is based partly on an extensive and efficient Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) that incorporates the highest standards of project management.

We are organizing a regional team to take our Europe & Africa (E&A) ISC organization to the next level. Your role in this team is to manage a wide range of projects covering various areas such as product transfers, product line relocations, complex product changes, and other supply chain related projects. This requires having a hand’s on approach and solid background in preferably manufacturing, supply chain and/or R&D. You will work with a high level of autonomy, within the regional organization, while interacting closely with multiple sites and functional areas (Marketing, R&D, Procurement, Finance, etc) as well as the PDC (Product Development Center) and LTS (Local Technical Support). You will have to be able to manage multiple projects successfully balancing timings, priorities and resources.
This role also serves as a reference point for project management where you provide guidance on projects and project management.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as a results-focused and proactive supply chain professional with a strong personality? Do you have the powerful organizational skills necessary to initiate, manage and successfully deliver multiple projects? Can you balance business priorities with an understanding of financials like costings, capex plans, etc? Are you able to work with all levels of a multicultural environment and at a regional level, traveling for up to 40% of your time? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic and international business environment?
If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Supply Chain Project Manager Europe & Africa

The role and its responsibilities
The position can be based in Sassenheim or the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from where you define, develop and manage credible project plans including scope, risks, budget, timings and resources. It is imperative that all plans support ‘speed to market’.

A typical project might involve transfer of production and lines from one site (country) to another site (country), taking into account all aspects involved (costs, capex, raw material and packaging requirements, trials, and timely delivery). As AkzoNobel Deco has a large and complex portfolio this requires effective change management. Another project may be the coordination of the commercialization of a large range of our products across various markets.
Additionally, you support the Sourcing Board and Pack Council in managing major projects resulting from decisions out of these forums. You will work closely with sites, planning, marketing and PDC.

All of this requires you to manage the project team so that it meets agreed milestones and delivers on time and in full. You also ensure adherence to project management standards and monitor progress and performance against the project plan.

On an ongoing basis you communicate and report on project status, managing risks and developing contingencies where needed. You also coordinate and report on the PLE. Thus you require advanced stakeholder management skills.

Further, you support and guide the business with managing smaller projects, while educating and sharing in terms of best practice project management. In addition you coordinate the assigned project portfolio and align with the PMO Lead E&A.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 23, 2016

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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:
• Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in an Economic or Technical subject and at least 10 years of experience in project management including major product introductions and complex supply chain projects in a multinational environment. A broad understanding of relevant manufacturing and supply chain processes;
• Experience with the Stage Gate process and, ideally, PRINCE2 Foundation certified;
• Ability to support in allocation and supply chain optimization initiatives;
• Open approach, willing to support and educate the organization in raising its project management skill set;
• Strong communication 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 160005S6.
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.