Continuous Improvement Manager,

United States, Texas, Pasadena

Business unit: Polymer Chemistry

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.


The Pasadena site manufactures organic peroxides which are sold to major manufacturers of thermoplastic resins such as PVC, LDPE, polypropylene, EPS and acrylic resins. Organic Peroxide products are hazardous, mainly due to temperature controlled transportation and handling. The Pasadena site also manufactures thermoset and crosslinking peroxides, as well as toll produces optical monomers.
Principal Accountabilities
- Install a continuous improvement program at the site
- Train and coach site management and staff in leading and implementing change
- Conduct shop-floor activity analyses, interviews, data gathering and analysis and compile into improvement opportunities and impact
- Support the site leadership in improvement project idea generation, project chartering, action planning and implementation
- Lead Brown Belt improvement projects at the site for 30% of time
- Coordinate the site Brown and Green Belt improvement projects, ensure the tracking of benefits of local projects and that projects are driven to completion and/or closure
- Local contact for Continuous Improvement related initiatives including Lean Six Sigma

Additional Accountabilities
- Understand and help implement the site’s Operating Policy, and HSSE goals and objectives.
- Support and participate in on-going HSSE improvement activities and committees.
- Be aware of potential health, safety, security and environmental impacts in area of responsibility and the consequences if an upset occurs.
- Understand and implement any parts of the Battleground Environmental Compliance Plan and Waste Management Plan that apply to area of responsibility.
- Participate in the site’s on-going Pollution Prevention Process
- Understand and help implement the site’s Quality Policy, Quality goals and objectives, and the Quality Improvement Process (MTQ).
- Be fully aware of your specific quality assurance responsibilities.
- Be familiar with sitewide document control, internal quality audits, corrective action, non-conforming product and record keeping procedures.
- Be sure employees under supervision, if applicable, are aware of and are adequately trained in quality procedures.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Polymer Chemistry

Sub business unit

Polymer Chemistry_Americas

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor's degree required
- Three-plus years in an operational role, e.g. production, maintenance, (process) engineering, and/or logistics, in a manufacturing setting
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment under pressure. Able to support and coach colleagues.
- Experience in line management or team management in large projects
- Experience in change processes; lean and/or six sigma implementations or similar is beneficial
- Must be an AkzoNobel trained Brown Belt (CI Practitioner) or be willing to be trained as a Brown Belt  and commit to requirements for Brown Belt certification
- Risk-friendly, able to take a decision quickly without mastering all parameters
- Able to lead workshops and working groups
- Effective communications skills, from managers to line operators
- Good team player, knows how to build his/her own network
- Good problem-solving skills, able to identify and structure issues, run accurate (also statistical) analyses and synthesize recommendations

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)