Employee Testimonial

Meet Kashif Rahman, Production manager

Kashif joined AkzoNobel’s Supply Chain Graduate Scheme straight from University. The opportunity to rotate around departments and a fast track management scheme were big draws for this Mechanical Engineer. The Company’s focus on training and development gave him the opportunity to put his engineering expertise into practice as well as prepare him for a future role in business management.

  • Production manager
  • At Business Area Decorative Paints United Kingdom
  • Works in Slough Berkshire United Kingdom

"The Business can only grow as fast as its people"

Since joining Kashif has enjoyed various management roles that have stretched him, improved his skills and given him increasing responsibility. He has been responsible for budgets of up to £10M and up to 85 staff and has developed a wider business and cultural understanding through assignments living and working around the UK and overseas. Within a short 5 year span Kashif has found himself progressing from graduate trainee to Production Manager.

AkzoNobel believes the business can only grow as fast as it grows its people and Kashif has experienced this first hand through various internal leadership and best practice courses as well as support through an Executive MBA and Project Management qualification.

Thanks to the business’s focus on personal development Kashif has been involved in supplier selection, contract agreements and the design of a £6M innovation packing equipment for filling lines as part of a £150M new build project.

The investment in staff is one of the main reasons Kashif would recommend a career with AkzoNobel. That and the willingness to encourage people to take on more challenging and responsible roles, the collaborative working environment and the Company’s passion for HSE and sustainability.