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Drive change and improvement for a leading global organization
Our business unit (BU) Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives, part of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, has invested in a sustainable, long term culture of continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma (L6S). In doing so it aims to eliminate waste and reduce variation, thereby driving stronger business performance. This requires Black Belt Project Managers who can lead teams in complex on-site improvement projects.
Is this a challenge that matches your ambition to develop rapidly within a fast-paced multinational business environment? Are you an inspiring change agent and team leader, passionate about continuous improvement and able to lead Lean Six Sigma projects wherever you are sent? Can you work successfully across different organizational levels, from operational to management? Are you able to make rapid and accurate analyses of business data and statistics while maintaining the self-discipline to perform at a high level in high pressure scenarios?
If you are an open-minded problem solver who offers all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of:
Black Belt Project Manager
The Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business unit (BU) is part of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients including chemical intermediates and performance chemicals such as cellulosic specialties, chelates, ethylene amines, micronutrients, polysulfides and sulfur products.
The role and its responsibilities
This is a high level role in which you take responsibility for leading teams in the execution of complex L6S projects that deliver significant financial benefits. You lead multiple projects simultaneously, using data and information to break down scenarios to root causes, finding patterns and relationships, and solving problems in a practical, permanent way.
In doing so you provide those working on the projects with a clear sense of direction, building teamwork through engagement and aligning towards individual and collective goals. You also help your teams to understand, learn and use L6S tools and techniques for current and future purposes.
At all times you maintain a customer focus and push for innovative improvements while understanding the need to balance and assess risks relative to practicality and compliance, without compromising legal or safety requirements.
Since many projects are located where we have operations, applicants from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, UK and Italy are invited to apply. The position is based in Amsterdam or Arnhem.
To apply for this position the following attributes are significant:
• Master's degree, preference for technical (engineering, chemistry)
• Experience in Process Engineering, Maintenance or Supply Chain is a plus
• Project management and a basic working knowledge of Lean Six Sigma;
• Awareness of business processes and financial analysis;
• Willing and able to travel overnight more than 60% of the time in some weeks;
• Good communication and public speaking skills including a high level of written and spoken English.
What can AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals offer you?
If you share our values and ambitions, we offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. Our employment package comprises a competitive salary, over 40 vacation days and an attractive bonus scheme. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development. And through challenging projects with like-minded people, you will help us become first choice for our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
For further information, please contact Samantha Veer, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to www.akzonobel.nl/careers, reference 18000361 or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated
About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
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.