Employee Testimonial

Meet Rafal Pietrzak, Analyst Manufacturing, Financial Planning & Analysis

Rafal Pietrzak took a chance a few years ago, moving from Poland to the Netherlands for a different challenge with AkzoNobel. Now he’s moving back to Poland for another opportunity – helping build a brand-new team in Finance.

  • Analyst Manufacturing, Financial Planning & Analysis
  • At Business Area Global Business Services
  • Works in Poland
  • At AkzoNobel since 2010

"I can’t wait to start my new position in a brand-new team, starting from scratch. I hope I’ll get the chance to help shape it into something special."


In 2016, Rafal Pietrzak and his family took a big leap. Following six years as a Supply Chain Analyst in AkzoNobel’s Integrated Supply Chain Controlling Department in Pilawa, Poland, it was time for a new adventure.

He had an opportunity to join our Finance function doing product cost analysis, which would allow him to develop and grow his career. So, he made the move with his family to the Netherlands to take up the role.

A different perspective

Rafal says he and his family have thoroughly enjoyed their time in the Netherlands. “We were positively surprised at how welcoming and open Dutch people are to others,” he shared. “We love their approach to life.”

Working in another country has given Rafal a whole different business perspective too: “It’s really taught me to look at what I do from a different angle. I can see the company from a global point of view and not just think locally.“

Last year, Rafal moved to a Financial Planning & Analysis role, embracing the changes that came with organizational restructuring. This put him in the perfect position to take on his next challenge, which includes helping to establish a brand-new team in Warsaw, Poland as part of the Financial Planning and Analysis department.

Making his mark

Rafal is looking forward to heading back home to Poland, but what he’s most excited about is getting to grips with his new role. “I can’t wait to start my new position in a brand-new team, starting from scratch,” he says. “I hope I’ll get the chance to help shape it into something special.”

As part of a Financial Planning & Analysis team, Rafal will be providing insightful and actional analysis and tools for planning and forecasting, decision making and performance management.

Rafal believes his career moves have been a positive experience, and he encourages others to consider the challenge of working in a different county: “My biggest tip is to encourage you to be open to other people and to other cultures. And don’t be afraid of change. It gives you new opportunities to grow!”