Continuous Improvement Manager,

China, Tianjin, Tianjin

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.


Safety Responsibility
·         Follow Akzonobel HSE Responsibility Liability Statement including policy, rules, and standard. Comply with regulation requirement.
·         Organize and work out safety production rules, procedure and emergency response instruction related with own department.
·         Organize and participate safety production education and training, recording related activities; ensure employees be familiar with relevant procedures and work instructions. have the enough safety production knowledge and skill to work with and cope with emergency situation. 
·         Supervise and enforce the action on main hazardous source applications.
·         Organize and participate emergency response drill
·         Inspect the status of safety production related issue, find hazardous situation and take action to eliminate the risk.
·         Stop and correct break rules command, work at risk, work against procedure; report incident, near miss and at risk situation to safety personal or site director timely. Comply with Akzonobel life save rules and golden principle.
·         Take action on site improvement plan and finish the actions on time
Key Accountabilities
Ad 1.  Build organizational capabilities
·         Champion, develop and sustain a culture of continuous improvement (CI) and knowledge about related methodologies/ activities (Lean, Six Sigma, ALPS) across all areas of the site with a strong focus on manufacturing and operations .
·         Develop and expand local capabilities in applying continuous improvement tools  and methods (Lean, Six Sigma) and promote a structured problem-solving approach. Inject passion for this activity by providing a vision and direction for the future development and performance of the site.
·         Deploy and sustain the ALPS capability and improvement program including a coaching support structure to drive CI initiatives and ensure sustainability of improvements.
·         Champions deployment of change management processes and tools to realize the business strategic objectives.
·         Coach Advanced and Lead Practitioners and local staff/MT on site and give reinforcement training on selected topics.
Ad 2. Improve Site Performance
·         Support and challenge the workforce and local MT in direction setting, prioritization (timing, resources, and sequence of actions) and implementation of improvement activities to best achieve the targets f or the key performance indicators of the yearly site improvement plan. This includes the organizational and strategic deployment throughout the site.
·         Review the ALPS operating framework (goals & targets, KPIs, operating processes, people) to ensure compliance with corporate and BA requirements and highlight to the site management team areas of concern to agree corrective actions.
·         Contribute to improving the real result key performance indicators (ao. Safety, OTIF, cost, material efficiency, quality, and inventories) of the site.
  Ad 3. Drive and manage the Improvement Portfolio
·         Identify, validate, initiate and drive new improvement opportunities  and promote the passion for excellence and delivering on commitments values.
·         Manage the improvement project funnel including scoping, project assignment, resource planning, tracking of progress and benefits and controlling sustainability of outcomes.
·         Run own improvement projects delivering value to the organization.
  Ad 4. Lead and support the ALPS deployment on site
·         Lead/ support the local ALPS implementation and build-up of required capabilities and ensure ALPS full and successful implementation and practical application on a daily basis.
Network within the AkzoNobel CI community and share insights, problems and opportunities to promote improved performance and problem-solving across the company as  well as encourage others to do the same.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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Business unit

Polymer Chemistry

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

· 10+ years of relevant work experience (operations, production, maintenance, logistics, (process) engineering, continuous improvement, etc.).
· Bachelor degree (degree related to technical, business or economics fields most applicable). If higher vocational training then longer work experience is required.
· Strong analysis  and problem-solving skills, able to identify and structure issues, run accurate (also statistical) analyses and synthesize recommendations.
· Experience in continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, TPM
· Must be willing to train as an AkzoNobel continuous improvement expert as a minimum, within 12 months after assignment.
· Confident and experienced in coaching others
· Good team player, knows how to build his/her own network
· Prior line management or team leader experience; knows how to use the skills and knowledge of the team to design and implement solutions
· Experience with practical implementation of change programs a plus
· Solid project and stakeholder management experience Extensive experience in coaching and engaging others; able to impart knowledge to others
· Able to multi-task in high-pressure environments
· Excellent communication, presentation and conflict resolution skills on all organizational levels; ability to gain respect and trust through situational leadership and integrity and inspire others to follow and participate in the change process
· Fluent in English, both verbal and written
· Strong computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel, W ord, SharePoint, JMP); able to prepare various formats of documentation associated with CI programs
· May require some travel
Behavior and Personality Features (for vacancy text)
· Risk-friendly and self-directed, able to take a decision quickly within uncertainty
· Comfortable in quickly changing environments with steep learning curve
· Passionate about change and striving for exceptional performance
· Competent leader
· High self-confidence and ability to deal with resistance
· Active listener
· Highly organized and can keep the “big picture” in mind
· Reliable
Customer  focused