Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs Team Leader,

United States, Michigan, Troy

Business unit: Performance 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.


AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.
Main purpose/Key Objectives of the job:
The PSRA Team Leader has an in-depth knowledge of the relevant PS regulatory landscape. Lead, coach, appraise and develop a team of direct reports. They act in leadership roles by leading cross functional activities/teams, and identify and implement areas of improvement. Resolving and responding to non standard customer enquiries in an accurate and timely fashion. Some individuals have specialist roles leading or supporting regulatory areas for example: food contact, VOC, biocidal registrations, classification, labeling or RM data management.
- Maintain in-depth knowledge of relevant regulations and ensure transfer and retention of knowledge.
- Awareness of broader regulatory landscape outside of own responsibility affecting the business.
- Provide guidance to ensure compliance of AkzoNobel raw materials and products.
- Respond to internal customers and resolve raw material and/or product issues accurately and in a timely fashion.
- Produce regulatory compliance statements for customers.
- Communicate effectively both internally (other departments) and externally (Customers, regulators, suppliers, trade associations).
- Active participation in advocacy and lobbying activities such as trade associations, consortia or with authorities.
- Have a good understanding of customer needs and relevant regulatory topics affecting the business
- Identify new regulatory developments and trends and market needs/opportunities; translate these into opportunities for own area/domain and share these with other professionals.
- Translate complex regulatory requirements to practical implications for the business.
- Identify potential non compliances and areas of risk to the business.
- Provide suggestions for compliance and issue management to business.
- Producing and updating regulatory roadmaps.
- Establish the impact on Performance Coatings SMUs of legislative changes and communicate legal requirements.
- Lead /participate in cross functional project teams as required.
- Lead /participate in PSRA project teams as required.
- Identify and contribute to the development and continuous improvement of standard procedures (eg SOPs, ISO procedures).
- Ensure validity and accuracy of data.
- Support Performance Coatings’ businesses Examples:
- Review new products, new raw materials and product changes for regulatory compliance.
- Conduct national inventory reviews, transportation reviews and AN procedure reviews such as for the priority substance program.
- Conduct risk assessments to determine if uses are safe.
- Advising on risk assessment strategy/refinements.
- Prepare and submit dossiers.
- Peer review of documentation.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Performance Coatings

Job family

Regulatory affairs

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelors Degree
- Good literacy and numeracy skills (essential).
- Competence in the use of Microsoft Office (essential).
- Understanding of applicable Chemical/Product Regulations (essential).
- An inquisitive nature and commitment to understanding the needs of SMUs and customers (essential).
- Team building /project management skills (desirable)
- Experience in PSRA role or RD&I or other relevant function.
- Organized and a strong attention to detail
- Fluent in local language
- Good written and verbal English
- Good interpersonal skills, working well as part of a team (essential)
- Ability to understand complex material and make informed decisions based on that material (essential)
- Ability to produce clear and comprehensive reports and make recommendations using the available data (essential).
- 3 to 5 years relevant experience (desirable)
- Data manipulation and analysis (desirable).
- Experience of working within the framework of a quality management system (eg ISO 9001:2008) (desirable).
- Experience of leading project teams (desirable).
- Line management experience (desirable).
As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. 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).