Senior Process Safety Specialist,

Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem

Business unit: HSE&S

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.


Drive the highest levels of Process Safety Management to support our global organization.
In doing so you aim to reduce process incidents for sites across a dynamic chemicals production landscape. Candidates should have powerful Process Safety skills, along with experience of working on a manufacturing site. Mechanical Integrity experience is a positive.

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (SC) provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable ingredients that are integral to numerous key industrial processes worldwide. Thus we serve high profile customers in sectors including paints, detergents, foods, plastics, cosmetics, construction, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, electronics, agro and oilfield applications. And it means that our ingredients are used to make possible a remarkable variety of life's essentials and familiar pleasures – everything from ice cream and asphalt to soup and soap.

As a leading chemicals producer we operate a number of plants worldwide that depend on the highest levels of Process Safety Management (PSM). Within this context, your mission in this role is to build line management understanding of PSM and related processes, with particular regard to Mechanical Integrity (MI) procedures. In doing so you act as an influential advisor to line management by building and fostering a deep understanding of PSM theoretical concepts, industry standards and best practices, with a focus on MI systems and their relations to hazard study processes.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as an entrepreneurial and result- and business-oriented problem solver with valuable Mechanical Integrity, Maintenance and Operations experience? Have you acquired strong strategic, conceptual and project management skills, along with the determination to execute and follow through? Are you an effective positive influencer and negotiator? Can you work with and convince others in order to gain agreement or acceptance of plans and activities and move them towards a desired goal? 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 Senior Process Safety Specialist - Mechanical Integrity Systems Focus.

The role and its responsibilities
This role falls within the corporate HSE department of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals in Arnhem, with flexibility to Amsterdam or another AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals location within the Netherlands. In supporting the business with all aspects of PSM, your objective is to benchmark against industry leaders.

Thus you develop, deploy and establish Process Safety  management systems that support SC’s requirements, guiding line management to develop and ensure implementation of outstanding PSM procedures. You also coordinate training of relevant personnel.

In addition, you support sites with Process Safety Management (PSM) specific input to ensure that maintenance inspections, plans and procedure are consistent throughout SC.

HSE is absolutely central to the role and you act as an inspiring HSE coach and role model by leading and conducting on-site training in Hazop studies (PHA, LOPA etc). In doing so you ensure all processes are covered, leveraging and extending HSE knowledge and working with the PSM and Maintenance CI team to deliver the HSE&S Improvement Plans .

Further, you ensure processes for testing or testing capability are in place and audited. You also lead and participate in PSM incident investigation and ensure all incidents with a MI root cause are classified correctly and investigated thoroughly.

On an ongoing basis you contribute to the Process Safety strategy, working closely with a number of expert internal teams and entities to align strategy at the next level up. You also establish and maintain a solid best practice platform via networking across SC.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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Health, Safety & Environment

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:
• Bachelor, Master’s or Doctorate level qualification in HSE, Engineering or a related discipline, or the equivalent in terms of specialized PSM functional and management systems knowledge and experience;
• Ten years of experience in the PSM area, ideally with some knowledge of MI, across multiple units, disciplines, locations and/or other companies in a manufacturing environment;
• Trained in Hazard Studies and able to work inclusively with the HSE community to ensure the business experiences ‘one voice’ so that collective objectives are met;
• Able to drive the continuous improvement of processes, policies and standards;
• In a position to travel 30-40% of the time (domestic and international);
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English, with Dutch and/or German an advantage.

What can AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals offer you?
If you share our values and ambitions, we offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. Our employment package comprises a competitive salary and an attractive bonus scheme. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development. And through challenging projects with like-mined people, you will help us become first choice for our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
Additional information
Preferred location is Arnhem with flexibility possible if needed.
Application details
For further information, please contact Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88 010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section of, reference 180000PN or use the ‘apply’ link.

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