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    R&D Coatings Specialist

    Date: Jan 21, 2021

    Location: Sassenheim, NL

    Company: AkzoNobel

    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 Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

    Job Purpose

    AkzoNobel’s global success is based on rigorous production quality allied to groundbreaking research and innovation. The Automotive Specialty Coatings (ASC) laboratory in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, is key to this RD&I capability, focus on Vehicle Refinish (VR) products.

    AkzoNobel incorporates a Solutions R&D(MS) team with global responsibility for the composition, formulation, and specifications of VR products, for our basecoats (both water and solvent borne lines). These are produced at multiple locations. This team is also responsible for the quality and specifications of the raw materials used in these products.

    Within the context, your main mission in this role is to improve and align our new global waterborne pigment millbase platform, in order to help the team up to the level of standardized production batches and a maintenance program for future support. This process is part of a global in which you help us seek structural solutions based on the formulation, test regulation or quality of the raw materials used. In addition, you help the team to develop new applications for portfolio expansion, production support on all basecoat building blocks and to perform complaint handling for the entire VR product range EMEA.

    Key Accountabilities

    • Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follows safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, in both the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment;
    • Works according to quality standards as set by Lab management (for example ISO 9001);
    • Conducts a significant level of formulation and technical work in the lab as defined in the project or production support plan;
    • Can be deployed flexibly throughout the organization;
    • Documents lab results through appropriate means including databases, laboratory notebooks, Technical summary reports and monthly summaries;
    • Delivering project results on time;
    • Feasible and timely development according to business needs;
    • Correct use of methodologies and tools;
    • Asks appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters;
    • Is familiar with characterization techniques, e.g. mechanical and chemical techniques;
    • Can act as first point of contact / local designee for production support;
    • Can give occasional functional guidance to technician level employees.

    Key Activities

    • Switch quickly the best possible solution and (dare to) decide based on the obtained data and move forward;
    • Perform all kind of paint related tests (wet and dry);
    • Making paint on lab scale needed for testing;
    • Create and implement statistical set-ups;
    • Reporting in Lab-Notes and Technical Reports.


    To apply for this position, you must possess the following attributes:

    • HBO / HTS, preferably Chemistry or Physics, or comparable experience;
    • Ideally you have knowledge and experience of Paints a/o Coatings, with knowledge of polymer chemistry or process technology as an advantage;
    • Willing to follow various training courses in the field of paint chemistry and physics;
    • Able to make and present sub-studies;
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills including strong written and verbal Dutch and English;
    • Having full color vision (No color deficiency in eyesight);
    • Proactive, self-starter.

    Application details

    We welcome your online application, reference 7486. Please note that applications sent by mail will not be considered. If you have any question, please feel free to contact our Talent Resourcing Partner, phone +31 (0)88 0106789, option 2.

    An employment screening may be part of the selection process.

    Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

    Requisition ID: 7486

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