Operational Excellence Expert Maintenance,

Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem

Business unit: AN Specialty Chemicals

About AkzoNobel

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.


Could you take on the task of improving maintenance and reliability at over 60 manufacturing sites?

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.

Our Specialty Chemicals (SC) business area provides products that are integral to a number of industries and high profile customers worldwide. Across SC we are committed to World Class Maintenance as a key element of operational excellence and optimized reliability. This includes work processes, tools, standards and capability building.

Within this context, your mission in this challenging role is to act as a dedicated Maintenance and Reliability expert, traveling around 75% of your time to our plants in Germany and the Netherlands. Western Europe and even worldwide. It is important that you develop a close relationship with our German manufacturing sites, so you must be able to speak fluent German.

 You will form an essential part of a powerful and professional team working to design and implement World Class Maintenance within ALPS (AkzoNobel Leading Performance System), a companywide program of standardized work processes and Continuous Improvement (CI).

Is this a challenge that matches your profile a flexible, service-minded and experienced professional with a passion for world-class maintenance excellence? Are you excited by the challenge of 'owning' the key task of  improving maintenance and reliability at our 60+ manufacturing sites? Can you work cross-functionally to help build a global network and continuously develop our maintenance and reliability strategies? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment? 

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

Operational Excellence Expert (Maintenance)

The role and its responsibilities
This role can be located in the areas of Frankfurt, Cologne, Arnhem, Geleen or Herkenbosch (south-east of the Netherlands). From here you will be ideally positioned to experience and learn about the business area while building and developing your network.

You will play a key role in the World Class Maintenance design team. This requires you to carry out design work and align with the team to ensure the overall package is complete. This typically includes Maintenance execution process and methods, Reliability Improvement process and methods, Supporting processes and tools, and Standards and Training materials.

Further, you are responsible for assessing the current state at the site and developing and agreeing with the site a deployment plan for the work processes, methods and tools. You also manage the deployment of the maintenance work processes, tools and methods on the site according to the plan.

Thus it is essential that you are able to gather information from real life observations – by spending time on the shop-floor and interacting with everyone from plant managers to line operators.

A further core task is to support, coach and train the operational managers and employees on sites, leading workshops and working groups while embodying and instilling a change and CI mindset.

All of this demands a strong drive to develop and challenge the business, along with an ability to influence others and focus on results without having a line management relation. It also calls for outstanding problem-solving skills and the ability to identify and structure issues, run accurate analyses and synthesize recommendations. In addition, you should be seen by others as credible and a trustworthy expert.
As such, this is an exciting role if you share our values and ambitions and seek a career in which your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will work in an international environment with multiple possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally. Further, you will be offered interesting and challenging projects that broaden your view, and you will work with people who share your attitude and enthusiasm. And by working for AkzoNobel you will also help us to achieve our ambition – to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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AN Specialty Chemicals

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:
• Bachelor’s degree in Technology/Engineering and at least 8 years of experience;
• Extensive experience in Maintenance Management, Maintenance Engineering, Process Safety Management and/or Reliability Engineering;
• In-depth knowledge of state of the art maintenance processes and tools, ideally with proficiency in SAP-PM;
• Ideally you have experience of CI tools such as Lean, Six Sigma or other CI methodologies and tools, along with experience of implementing maintenance work processes and cultural change;
• Willing and able to travel for around 75% of the time;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including fluent written and spoken English and German.
Application details
For further information, please contact Samantha Veer, Talent Resourcing Partner, tel. +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 170004FE or use the ‘apply’ link.

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