Global HR Change & Release Coordinator,

Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem

Business unit: Finance Functions

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.


Bring your organizational and change management skills to a key global HR role

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Flexa, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe.
Our success is supported by an outstanding HR function that maximizes the potential of all our employees. To support its HR strategy AkzoNobel is currently implementing a brand new global HR solution, based on the SAP SuccessFactors platform. Within this context, your mission in this role is to assume responsibility for coordinating upgrades and enhancements to our global HR IT system(s). Modules include Employee Central, Onboarding, Workforce Planning, Recruiting, Performance & Goals, Succession & Development, Compensation, Learning and Workforce Analytics.
Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a highly organized professional and problem solver with valuable project and change management skills?  Could you thrive in a work environment that requires pro-active self-direction and a natural ability for team collaboration and open communication? Can you promote and embody our commitment to Continuous Improvement? 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

Global HR Change and Release Coordinator

The role and its responsibilities
This role is part of a newly established global HR Systems & Support team in AkzoNobel’s global HR shared services organization (GBS People Services) and can be either based in AkzoNobel’s corporate center (Amsterdam or Arnhem) or in one of the 5 regional GBS Service Delivery Centers in Warsaw (Poland), Pune (India), Suzhou (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) or Nashville (USA).

Your core purpose is to lead the review, testing and implementation of global HR system releases or patches. In doing so you act as a multi-facing Project and Change Manager, constantly collaborating with functional and technical stakeholders to ensure that everyone is involved and informed in a timely manner.

By preparing and facilitating the Change & Design Board, you ensure that we arrive at HR processes and solutions that are intuitive, effective and efficient. Thus you create, coordinate and perform User Acceptance Tests, co-create training materials, and check the feasibility of Change Requests. You also provide impact assessments, advise our Centers of Expertise, and process validated change processes.
Further, you drive standardization in line with AkzoNobel best practices, and review changes/exceptions from standard and best practices.

You propose changes for approval to the Steering Committee and drive the adoption of system changes.

Finally, you provide input to the Design Authority after conducting the necessary research (for example on the SuccessFactors customer portal).

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Closing date

September 29, 2018

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Business unit

Finance Functions

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Human Resources

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, HR or equivalent;
- 3-5 years of experience in IT change & release management;
- Strong conceptualization and visual communication ability;
- A high level of proficiency in Excel;
- Able to deal with global stakeholders and build customer relationships;
- Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including a high standard of English.
Application details
We welcome your online application via, reference 180004A0. Please note that applications via mail will not be taken into consideration. If you have any questions, please Brigitte de Gier, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88 0106789, option 2.
An employment screening might be part of the selection process.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated