Filling Equipment Engineering Manager

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Develop new standards and technologies in order to optimize a sophisticated global filling operation

Every day, countless lives across the globe are more colorful thanks to AkzoNobel Decorative Paints (DP). Our Filling & Packaging (F&P) experts are central to this success, meeting the expectations of our customers through the highest quality, fit for purpose, cost-effective and sustainable packaging.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to develop a portfolio of global filling equipment best practice standards. This requires you to work with our business units (BUs) across the globe and site teams to define, own and continuously improve the filling line technology building blocks that enable industry leading performance and increase operational cost productivity.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as an outstanding problem solver and technical innovator? Do you have experience as a senior technical operations manager and/or in operations/supply chain management, preferably in a fast speed filling industry? Are you familiar with complex supply chain projects and strategy for machinery standards and deployment of processes on high speed filling lines?

Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?
If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Global Filling Equipment Engineering Manager

The role and its responsibilities
The position is based at Sassenheim, the Netherlands, but you will also spend time at the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and at our sites across the globe. It is also possible to use our offices in Slough, UK, as your home base.

As project leader and manager you define the strategy and guide investment plans for BUs and sites. You then establish a deployment program to deliver proven best practice technologies to our local operations. This includes designing and deploying selected breakthrough filling technology solutions for specific DP requirements.

Further, you will be responsible for establishing a filling engineering expertise network, monitoring industry developments and identifying opportunities for optimization via new technologies and equipment for areas such as agile filling (quick change-overs for small batches) and late differentiation. You will also co-design capex proposals with the BUs and site managers to improve capability and capacity.

Where required you will liaise with suppliers of filling equipment to co-create new technologies and develop them to DP specifications. You also partner with Procurement and other AkzoNobel business areas on global preferred supplier agreements and feasibility of new developments.

As such, this is a role for someone with strong analytical, organizational and leadership skills, along with a proven ability to provide clear business direction to matrixed resources in a virtual multi-functional and multinational environment. You will travel globally on a project basis.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
• MSc in Mechanical engineering or Process Technology and at least 15 years of experience in design and deployment for F&P;
• Able to review and understand manufacturing site capabilities, capacity optimization and HSE implications;
• Technical expert with proven success of developing capex proposals (including Financials (NPV) and Project Charter), able to set equipment and financial objectives with suppliers and procurement;
• Strong skills in international project planning, ideally certified for Lean Methodologies and Lean Six Sigma;
• Able to coach site engineers and quality technology leads to optimize their operations and processes, including commissioning trajects;
• Strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English.

Application details
For further information, please contact CoE Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please apply via the link below or go to, reference 160005R8.

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection 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.

Keywords: Vacancy, Full-time, Sassenheim, Project Leader, Engineering Expert.