Regional HR Business Partner,

United States, Illinois, Chicago

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.


Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of all its 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.

One of our Specialty Chemical Business Units, Polymer Chemistry, has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate, seasoned professional to assume the role of Regional Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP), Americas. The Regional HRBP will provide HR partnership and expertise to the Regional Business Team in achieving their business objectives and strategy and execute HR operational excellence including change management, communications, talent management and strategic workforce planning.

Reports to: Business Unit HR Director, Polymer Chemicals

Position location can either be Chicago, IL or Houston, TX

Direct reports: Site HRBP Houston Sites, Site HRBP/HR Country Coordinator Mexico
Other Reporting lines: Site HRBP Itupeva, Brazil
Travel: up to 25%
- Provides HR partnership & expertise to the Regional Business Team in achieving their business objectives and strategy
- Supports with Strategic Workforce Planning to build a strong and sustainable human capital to support the strategy and further growth of the organization
- Plays an active role in building project management capability and creating a continuous improvement mindset in the Business Unit
- Acts as coach and counsel to the senior leaders in the region to create the right culture and organizational model. Challenge management and act as a mirror.
- Ensures HR services are delivered by working closely with HRBP’s, HR CoEs, GBS People Services and the country organization on the implementation of an effective HR strategy and company-wide programs
- Supports regional leaders by ensuring proper implementation and usage of the HR tools (e.g. MyHR, P&D Dialog, Taleo, ViewPoint,) and providing insights that help them to take the right decisions
- Supports leaders to identify, calibrate, develop and deploy talent across the organization with the support of the Global COE Talent. Identify, evaluate and manage talent risks
- Supports & coaches in the assessment and management of the individual and team performance
- Supports process improvement initiatives within the HR team, contributes to annual HR processes and acts as a Champion of diversity and inclusion

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Polymer Chemistry

Sub business unit

Polymer Chemistry_Americas

Job family

Human Resources

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Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

The preferred candidate will have previous experience working in a manufacturing and multinational environment and have experience being a member of a management team.

- Minimum BSc Degree in Business Administration, Psychology or Human Resource Management; MSc Degree preferred
- Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in human resources management.
- Able to demonstrate applied knowledge of multiple human resources disciplines including employee relations, compensation, organizational design and development, performance management, change management and employee and team engagement.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to listen, understand and effectively manage and influence complex situations.
- Able to work in a matrix environment, building effective relationships with management and functions in an international, multi-cultural environment.
- Key behavioral competencies- Business Acumen
- Drive for Results
- Build Strong Relationships
- Decision Making
- Courage to Challenge
- Influencing skills

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)