Regional Research & Development Manager Coil Coati,

Germany, North Rhine Westphalia, Hilden

Business unit: Metal Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel ist das größte Unternehmen für Farben und Lacke weltweit und ein führender Produzent von Spezialchemikalien. Wir sind in vielen wichtigen Marktsegmenten tätig, von Bauwesen und Infrastruktur bis hin zu Transport, Industrie und Konsumgütern. Wir sind auch führend im Bereich der Nachhaltigkeit und rangieren an oberster Stelle des Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In der Praxis bedeutet dies, dass unsere nachhaltigen Lösungen jeden Tag in Ihrem Leben und im Leben Ihrer Freunde und Familie präsent sind: Wir sind der entscheidende Faktor, damit Sie Ihre täglichen Aufgaben erledigen können.


We are looking for a
Regional Research & Development Manager Coil Coatings North and S&E Europe  (m/f)
In this exciting job opportunity you will play an important role in strengthening our Coil Coatings business in its leading market position. As a member of the Regional Management Team, you will contribute to our strategy and be responsible for its execution in your area of responsibility. The position will be located in Hilden / Germany.
Your responsibilities:

- Having a strong focus on delivering value for the business, you are responsible for improving the commercial potential of the existing products and the development of new products, thus driving innovation and future growth.
- The key focus will be on innovation, improving product performance and production processes, reducing costs and batch cycles times, and improving our color service.
- You will be managing our seven R&D labs in the area, leading ca. 100 employees.
- As a hands-on manager you will partner with commercial, marketing and manufacturing functions to deliver commercial value by bringing new products to the market, supporting customer trials, and introducing new formulas and program to improve RFT.
- As a strong people manager, you select, develop, motivate and coordinate staff to empower employees to effectively fulfil and exceed our R&D objectives. 
- You are close to our customers based in the area – especially Germany, France and Russia - and understand the market needs and opportunities in order to optimize our portfolio accordingly.
- In the spirit of continuous improvement, you ensure that development teams strive for best practices in the research and development process, taking ownership for improvements in their daily work, thus creating an open, trustful and high-performance culture
- Main current projects are the successful integration of the newly acquired BASF coil coating business into our business unit and the review of our joint portfolio to reduce complexity.
- You will be a member of the global Metal R&D team, where you collaborate to share best practices and support other regions if needed.

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number







North Rhine Westphalia



Business unit

Metal Coatings

Job family

Research, Development & Innovation

Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

Your qualifications:

- You have many years of experience in a managerial position preferably in coil coatings.
- You are a strong leader with a passion for developing people to realize their potential.
- You are strong in execution and have the ability to create focus and structure. As a professional you are persistent in your approach.
- You are a good in building relations and can build internal and external relationships in cross cultural environments.
- You like a challenge and have a great passion for business.
- Your English skills are very good and you ideally also speak either German or French.
- You have a relevant university degree preferable MSc or PhD in Chemistry, Engineering or Physics.
- You are willing to travel up to 25%-50% of your time.
We are looking forward to talking to you about this exciting role. In case of any questions,
please feel free to contact

Your contact:
Angelika Galley
HR Manager Talent Resourcing
+49 221 99 585 165