Global Leadership Development Manager,

Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam

Business unit: Corporate Human Resources

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.


A high profile leadership development role within a leading global organization

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. We are a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.

A strong and forward thinking HR function is key to our global success. Central to this HR organization is a Global Centre of Expertise (CoE) Learning & Development.
Within this context, your mission in this role is to manage the design, development and sourcing of world-class leadership and management development solutions for the CoE Learning & Development, in order to support organization change. In doing so you ensure that the leadership development portfolio is impactful, effective and relevant to both participants and the business, and aligns with the overall integrated talent management approach.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a conceptual, analytical and result-oriented professional with a track record in the successful project management of program design, development and delivery? Do you have a proven ability to anticipate and manage change and recommend pragmatic solutions aligned with business and HR strategy? Could you work in an inclusive way within and outside of the CoE to make sure the business experiences ‘one voice’ so that collective objectives are met? Above all, can you make a real and customer-focused difference within our dynamic, multicultural and multinational business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Global Leadership Development Manager

The role and its responsibilities
Working from the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, you manage the design, development and sourcing of the entire leadership development curriculum in full alignment to company strategy and priorities. In doing so you draw on a complete range of methods including diagnostic tools, management training, leadership and talent development programs etc.

Thus you identify the most appropriate partners and delivery methodology for programs, ensuring they run efficiently and according to current best practices.  You then deliver effective training as required and support the development of internal trainers. To achieve this you work with the Regional L&D Managers to ensure smooth and consistent rollout of the curriculum across the globe.

Within this process you develop effective communications to promote leadership development programs to potential participants and key internal stakeholders. You also support HR Business Partners with best practices recommendations for ad hoc interventions while acting as a change agent to build awareness and facilitate successful process, behavior, and culture change.

At all times you seek to build strong relationships with key global partners (educational institutions). You also manage vendors and service providers and monitor performance during delivery, establishing key performance metrics and taking corrective actions where necessary.

As this is an international role you will travel for approximately 20% of your time.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

July 25, 2017

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North Holland



Business unit

Corporate Human Resources

Job family

Human Resources

Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
• Master’s Degree, ideally in Management, Business Administration or Psychology, and at least six years of experience in managing Leadership Development programs/curriculum in global organization at both a strategic and operational level;
• Up to date knowledge of best practice in the leadership development field, with qualifications in the use of psychometric tools and coaching a plus;
• Ability to facilitate, coach and effectively deliver training within an international and multicultural environment;
• Proven track record in identifying, selecting and commercially negotiating with external partners to develop world class learning experiences in support of leadership development;
• Collaborative and engaging problem solver and influencer who can develop themselves and others;
• Strong communication, presentational and interpersonal communication skills, including fluent English (written and oral).

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 170002Q2 or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

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