Product Manager,

United States, Illinois, Waukegan

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.


Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of our people around the world. We want to be the best – to use our leading market positions to deliver a leading performance – and for that, we need YOU! Find out how our values make AkzoNobel the employer of choice.
AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings –has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate professional to assume the role of Product Manager. This position will actively manage the allocated product group as a portfolio in line with agreed branding rules and hierarchies. Ensure that the product group matches customer needs and supports the development of new or replacement products and manage their launch into the market; manage the withdrawal of unwanted or obsolete products.

This position can be located in Waukegan, IL. Relocation will be considered for the right candidate.

Specific Tasks:
- Creates relevant value propositions for customer segments in accordance with the segment plans
- Actively manages products as a portfolio, bringing in new products and regularly eliminating obsolete products
- Identifies new product customer needs and creates specification for new products in liaison with R&D
- Ensures effective planning, communication and progress of both new product development and NPL activities
- Assures the timely launch of new products into the market and follows approval processes
- Implements brand strategies to ensure optimal product positioning and value creation
- Maintains and manages the specified product ranges by customer to ensure compliance to specification set by each manufacturer
- Creates sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons
- Ensures that relevant product information are provided to the sales team
- Provides ideas for product positioning to broader product management community
- Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management
- Be familiar with all the applicable corporate as well as site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct and HSE standards and acting in compliance with all applicable regulations
- The travel requirement (domestic and international) is upward of 25%

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Job characteristics

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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Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor degree in Marketing, Economics or Chemistry
- Minimum of 3 years work experience in R&D or commercial environment, working in multi-disciplinary teams
- Great business analysis skills and the ability to use analytical tools
- Good knowledge of MS Office and Customer Relationship Management System experience
- Possess great communication skills and the ability network and build relationships
- Have a combination of technical and commercial understanding
- Must be proactive and have a robust and pragmatic approach

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)