Regional Cross Functional Black Belt,

United States, Illinois, Chicago

Business unit: Surface Chemistry Operations

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.


AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is world leader in the production of essential chemistry with operations in 80 countries and over 10,000 employees.  We invest approximately $120 million in RD&I every year, are #1 or #2 in 80% of our market segments, and we are ranked #1 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Here in North America, we have nearly 2,000 employees across 22 production, research and office sites, including the world’s largest fatty amines facility, located in Morris, IL. We are dedicated to providing industries worldwide with the materials they need to manufacture everyday essentials such as paper, plastics, detergents, personal care and hair styling products, as well as key ingredients for the construction, oil and gas, agricultural, mining and pharmaceutical sectors. Building on our long-standing commitment to safety, sustainability and open innovation, we have established a world-class business built on strong partnerships with our customers. The global headquarters for two of our core businesses – Surface Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry – are located in Chicago, and the region as a whole accounts for approximately one quarter of Specialty Chemicals’ annual worldwide revenue. For more information visit

Our Surface Chemistry Business Unit is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical manufacturers of surfactants, polymers and solvents, providing innovative surface chemistry technologies and solutions in industries such as agro, asphalt, cleaning, fabric care, mining, personal care and petroleum.

The Regional Cross Functional Black Belt for Surface Chemistry will lead complex improvement projects with significant impact in the areas of Supply Chain and Business Processes. In addition, will be a key resource in identifying and defining improvement opportunities and will operate across functional lines to drive change, improve efficiency and help building a long term continuous improvement culture based on Lean Six Sigma principles.
Specific Tasks:
- Serves as the cross-functional transformation expert on the use and training of Lean Six Sigma and Change Management in both Commercial and Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) teams.

- Supports the deployment of our new BUSC strategy, facilitating the interactions between our Commercial and Integrated Supply Chain teams.

- Serves as the BB for Business processes such as planning, S&OiP, order to cash, tolling, Financial, Capex, etc.

- Provides Lean Six Sigma and Change Management expert content for the development and enhancement of the BU and Company program.

- Provides on-going coaching and support to Brown and Green Belts in learning and using the Lean Six Sigma methodology in their projects and activities in BUSC.

- Acts as a coach and on-going teacher to the Brown and Green Belts, managers and, as needed, in the organization.

- Develops tools and models that will enable BU SC to learn and continuously improve knowledge, engagement and use of L6S in daily activities.

- Assists in the development and deployment of the Lean Six Sigma program and helps provide visibility of the program across BU SC.

- Responsible for driving for the successful delivery of the benefits and the completion of Continuous Improvement Expert projects.

- Leads complex, high-priority improvement projects, as directed by the Program Director, to provide the right level of leadership on critical projects and initiatives

- Conducts Lean Six Sigma content based workshops and site audits as required to help sites improve their performance.

- Trains and coaches Brown and Green Belts in the details of Lean Six Sigma and the successful execution of local projects. Works with Green Belts to help them reach certification.

- Provide general support to the L6S organization and community.

- Provides assistance to the Master Black Belts, Program Operations Manager and Program Director as required in developing curriculum and resource materials to improve and further build the L6S program in BUSC.

- Supports the Master Black Belt Managers in realizing the goals of the L6S program.

- Safety Role Model

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Surface Chemistry Operations

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile


•Bachelor’s degree, preference for technical or finance related degrees
•Minimum of ten years of supply chain experience and a fundamental understanding of project management
•Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
•Black Belt level knowledge of Lean Six Sigma
•Willingness and ability to travel overnight up to 60%
•English language capable, verbal and written
•Solid awareness of business processes and financial analysis
•Passion for innovation, change and continuous improvement
•Able to impart knowledge to others and to learn quickly
•Proven ability to plan and prioritize work
•Good analytical skills and capacity for statistics
•Demonstrated high performance levels and ability to multi task in a fast paced environment
•Team management skills and the capability to lead change
•Effective communicator
•Able to work effectively across different organizational levels, from operational to management
•Strong communicator

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening.  In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required
All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer 
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)