Manager Technical Services


Deventer, Netherlands

Bring outstanding technical and leadership skills to a key change management role at a world-leading research site.

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. We are a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.

At Deventer in the Netherlands we operate a number of research laboratories that are integral to our Specialty Chemicals business area as it develops new products and applications. The Technical Services (TS) Department at Deventer is key to this process, providing flexible yet structured service delivery to a wide variety of research customers.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to manage TS as it undergoes an important restructuring. As such, this is a role for an experienced change and asset manager who can operate in a rapidly evolving environment, establish priorities, and assure high quality technical services within the agreed time and budget. It also requires the service-to-research technical knowledge necessary to think with R&D employees and researchers.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a results-focused problem solver and influencer with powerful people and change management capabilities? Do you have a strong understanding of the mechanical process and the associated technical disciplines? Can you maintain effective communications with all customers as you assess their diverse needs? Above all, can you make a real difference within our forward-thinking, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of Manager Technical Services.

The role and its responsibilities

Based at the Deventer site you define, plan, manage and coordinate TS activities to ensure safe execution and delivery within time, budget and quality. This is with particular regard to the new functions and processes related to restructuring plans that have already been developed.

Thus you deliver specialist technical services essential to the development and design of non-standard and innovative chemicals equipment systems. You also warrant and deliver policies, procedures and operational services, predominantly through the outsourcing of non-core activities.

Further, you warrant and define asset and maintenance concepts fit for use in the specific RDI environment. This includes the planning, coordination, preparation and execution of maintenance via a Continuous Improvement approach. You also set up and provide a proper operational coordination of the delivery of energy and utilities in line with AkzoNobel standards and strategies.

In addition you implement an up to date SAP management system for transparent reporting, along with an account management system suitable for a complex RDI organization.

At all times you adhere to AkzoNobel policies, guidelines and processes, as well as to local and European rules and regulations (e.g. BRZO/Seveso). You also participate in and execute value-improving platforms and knowledge sharing, the objective being to stimulate Continuous Improvement in an open atmosphere.

As a committed people manager and leader you promote the coaching and development of your staff.

Candidate profile

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

  • Bachelor's degree in a mechanical, process technology, chemical engineering or other applicable engineering discipline;
  • At least 10 years of experience in a technical environment (technical services), including some 5 years in a managerial role, with experience in a research environment a strong advantage;
  • Experience of setting up and planning asset and maintenance concepts using systems such as SAP PM etc.;
  • Experience of developing contracts for outsourcing and SLAs;
  • Demonstrable safety leadership and Continuous Improvement skills;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English and Dutch.

Application details

For further information, please contact Ariane Kräutner, Talent Resourcing Partner, tel. +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 170001LO or use the 'link':

Click here for the application form!

A pre-employment screening and online assessment may form part of the application process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens, Alabastine and Jozo. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

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