Global Lean Six Sigma Black Belt placed in Europe,


Business unit: Pulp & Perform. Chemicals

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.


In order to further grow and optimize our business, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals is on track in its pursuit for operational excellence. If you want to be part of our success, keep reading and apply for our position as global Lean Six Sigma Black Belt / Continuous Improvement Expert!
You can be located anywhere in Europe with an international airport nearby, preferred in France, Germany or Sweden.
About the opportunity
By embracing the Lean Six Sigma (L6S) business improvement methodology, we take the business to an even higher level of operational excellence and customer focus. L6S is implemented through all of the functions and business areas within AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals and we are growing our global team of Continuous Improvement Experts (Black Belts) in applying Continuous Improvement (CI) with the L6S methodology in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
As a CI Expert you will receive a five week intensive L6S training (Lean, Lean Six Sigma and Design for Lean Six Sigma (DFSS)) that includes being paired with a CI Master (Master Black Belt) who will coach you during the process up until your certification.
You will be joining a multinational organization that is committed to your personal and professional development and have the chance to experience a broad range of projects. After successfully completing several projects and demonstrating your ability to effectively deliver change, you will certify as a CI Expert (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt). This CI Expert position can lead to higher management positions.
Main Responsibilities
Responsible for completing L6S projects, delivering the value determined and managing project teams. Besides leading projects, you will also coach, train, and mentor CI Lead Practitioners (Brown Belts) and partner with the organization on a site and/or in a support function to define further areas for improvement. You will be expected to play a major role in L6S deployment. This position requires traveling approximately 75% of the working time since the projects will be conducted both regionally and globally.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

October 23, 2016

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Business unit

Pulp & Perform. Chemicals

Job family

General Management

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

We are looking for candidates who:
- have a Master's degree
- have +/- 6 years of relevant work experience
- have demonstrated high performance levels in current and previous roles
- are analytical, innovative, open-minded and results-oriented
- have excellent command of English (both written and spoken)
- are able to travel extensively
It is an advantage if you meet one or more of these:
- experience in an international environment
- a manufacturing or commercial background
- some experience with project and/or line management
- exposure to or having working knowledge of L6S
- working knowledge of one or more of the main languages in our business: Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and/or Chinese
What can AkzoNobel offer you?
If you share our values and ambitions, we can give you a career where your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will be working in an international environment with many possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally, together with likeminded people that share your attitude and enthusiasm.
By working for AkzoNobel you will also help us to achieve our ambition – to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
More about the business
AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals is a leading global force in pulp bleaching technologies, paper chemicals, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres. We provide innovative and sustainable products and technologies that are widely used by customers in a large variety of industrial applications. Our 2,400 employees operate in 35 countries. Pulp and Performance Chemicals forms a business unit within AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.
Additional information
We are looking forward to receiving your application! Please apply via our online recruitment system. We do not accept applications via e-mail, these applications will be disregarded. In addition to your resume also include a motivational essay (not cover letter) of 300-500 words describing why you want to develop yourself as a CI Expert with AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals. We also want you to attach your relevant certificates and diplomas.
Should your qualifications meet our requirements, you will be invited to take an online assessment, the results of which will determine whether you continue to the interview round. In the interview we will either call or meet with you in person to learn more about you. This also provides an opportunity for you to learn more about us. The last step in the process will be a personal and professional assessment day. During this day you will complete a series of exercises that relate to the role of a future CI Expert.
For information about the position, please contact: Edwin ten Brink, phone: +46 (0)72 709 96 02, e-mail:
For information about the recruitment process please contact Matilda Bolin, Talent Resourcing Partner: +46 (0)70 957 71 34 or L6S Program Operations Manager Carina Petersson +46 (0) 31 58 73 62.
We welcome your application!
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Keywords: Black Belt, L6S, Lean Six Sigma, continuous improvement, CI, *LI-PH