Black Belt Project Manager/ CI Expert,


Business unit: Ethylene & Sulfur Derivatives

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.


Drive change and improvement for a leading global organization

AkzoNobel’s business unit (BU) Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives has invested in a sustainable, long term culture of continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma (L6S). In doing so it aims to eliminate waste and reduce variation, thereby driving stronger business performance. This requires Black Belt Project Managers who can lead teams in complex on-site improvement projects.

Is this a challenge that matches your ambition to develop rapidly within a fast-paced multinational business environment? Are you an inspiring change agent and team leader, passionate about continuous improvement and able to lead Lean Six Sigma projects wherever you are sent? Can you work successfully across different organizational levels, from operational to management? Are you able to make rapid and accurate analyses of business data  and statistics while maintaining the self-decipline to perform at a high level in high pressure scenarios?

If you are an open-minded problem solver who offers all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of

Black Belt Project Manager

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet.

Our Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business unit is part of the Specialty Chemicals business area. As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients including chemical intermediates and performance chemicals such as cellulosic specialties, chelates, ethylene amines, micronutrients, polysulfides and sulfur products.

The role and its responsibilities
This is a high level role in which you take responsibility for leading teams in the execution of complex L6S projects that deliver significant financial benefits. You lead multiple projects simultaneously, using data and information to break down scenarios to root causes, finding patterns and relationships, and solving problems in a practical, permanent way.

In doing so you provide those working on the projects with a clear sense of direction, building teamwork through engagement and aligning towards individual and collective goals. You also help your teams to understand, learn and use L6S tools and techniques for current and future purposes.

At all times you maintain a customer focus and push for innovative improvements while understanding the need to balance and assess risks relative to practicality and compliance, without compromising legal or safety requirements.

Since many projects are located where we have operations, applicants from  Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, UK and Italy are invited to apply.


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Closing date

May 31, 2017

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Ethylene & Sulfur Derivatives

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

To apply for this position the following attributes are significant:
• Master's degree, ideally in Engineering or  Chemistry 
• Project management and a basic working knowledge of Lean Six Sigma;
• Awareness of business processes and financial analysis;
• Willing and able to travel overnight more than 60% of the time in some weeks;
• Good communication and public speaking skills including a high level of written and spoken English.

Application details
For further information, please contact Samantha Veer, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 1600093Y or use the ‘apply’ link.

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated