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Project Leader

Apply your people management and project management skills to engage your team and to lead the delivery of key site improvement projects for a leading global organization.

ongeveer 3 jaar geleden


Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Vast contract


Our project managers and engineers are located in offices in Brazil, China, India, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Your mission is to realize successful capex projects from initiation up to Mechanical Completion (MC) and handing over to operations for Commissioning and Start Up (CSU). You coordinate and oversee the overall project (s) budget always with a relentless and determined focus on HSE&S. As such, this is a position for candidates who offer strategic and conceptual vision alongside the perseverance necessary to keep the execution of the project on track, within budget ensuring dedicated quality and sustainable solutions.

In your role it is essential that you understand the people and execute talent reviews, ensure succession and support employees in their current and future roles and development. You pick up long term customers’ needs and translate them into proposals to stimulate development of the team and the organization.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as an efficient results-focused problem solver with extensive project management skills and outstanding people management skills?

Do you have what it takes to implement, monitor and adjust where necessary while clearly managing the expectations of the customer and relevant (group of) stakeholders? Can you work inclusively with the project team (functional experts and engineers), supported by purchasing, planning and estimating, to ensure that the business experiences ‘one voice’ when delivering on commitments? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic and highly demanding business environment?


The role and its responsibilities

As Team Leader you lead a team with engineers of several disciplines and construction management, a total group of 8 – 15 employees. You represent the local team to Site Management of Industrial Chemicals, Rotterdam-Botlek.

This is a position and role with a high degree of autonomy for mono-disciplinary or multidisciplinary projects (overall budget about 10-30 million euros) in which you formulate the project plan, manage scope, budget, planning and adhere to the Large Project Management stage gate approach in all phases. For each phase the project needs active acquirement of approval.

Once approval is gained, you:

Manage linkages to other projects, project execution, coordinating and monitoring all project activities (engineering, estimating, and planning), reporting on technical part and progress, arranging construction management and supervision, supporting the selection and assignment of the CSU team, analyzing and mitigating risks and ensuring appropriate staffing is in place.

At all times you strive for an efficient project approach involving multiple parties; you work with external contractors, in consultation with engineers and procurement involved. Thus you should have proven experience with the Front End Loading (FEL) part of a project and in delegating and outsourcing (mono and multidiscipline) engineering.

Projects also require you to build, maintain and utilize a network of in- and external multiple (groups of) stakeholders/partners on a tactical/strategic level, to manage conflicting interests and uncertainties, and to represent the project within the organization.

Further, you ensure compliance and archive project documents, and hand over documents and data to operations to support and to enable asset management and maintenance.

At all times you keep stakeholders informed on project progress, alerting them to bottlenecks and your solutions and proposals in terms of costs and time. Upon project completion and closure you perform a detailed evaluation, identifying and analyzing lessons learned and defining improvements to sharpen people and project management skills, systems and tools.

AkzoNobel is committed to the highest standards of HSE&S across the organization and at all times you manage the HSE&S aspects of projects on a chemical site where safety is non-negotiable and a top priority! In this position you manage (medium) complex and hazardous projects with (medium) potential impact on performance or image of AkzoNobel.

As an experienced Project Manager and Team Leader you are responsible for People Management and Development. Thus you develop, manage and motivate project team members via feedback, performance reviews and succession planning. You also promote training and development. Based on strategy and the operational plan you realize the (department/team) objectives by using capabilities of your team.

You are based at our site at Rotterdam-Botlek, the Netherlands. All of this requires you to build, maintain and utilize a sustainable and accessible network of in- and external stakeholders/partners, and to represent the project within the organization.

Candidate profile

To apply for this position you must possess all the following requirements:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s level qualification, preferably in Electrical Engineering;

• At least 5 years of experience of chemical plant projects, incorporating several different roles within multiple units, disciplines, and locations;

• Strong strategic and conceptual skills and the ability to execute and follow through;

• Able to drive the Continuous Improvement of processes, policies and standards;

• Extensive people management skills;

• Based in the Rotterdam Botlek area;

• It is essential that you speak fluent Dutch in order to interact with the shop floor, but English language skills are also important.

Application details

For further information, please contact Talent Resourcing, phone +31 (0)621 563413. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on www.akzonobel.nl/careers, reference 170004AF 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.