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HSE Manager at Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: High Point, North Carolina

Job Description:
AkzoNobel Coatings, North America

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 International, Interpon, Sikkens and Chemcraft - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect. In North America, we've been producing innovative, high-performance coatings since 1888. Today, you can find AkzoNobel's products supporting industries ranging from aerospace to consumer electronics, infrastructure, transportation, home décor, furniture and marine vessels. With a regional headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AkzoNobel's North America operation includes 3,500 employees at more than 30 manufacturing sites, technology labs and business offices. For more information please visit

In North America, AkzoNobel provides performance coatings products to customers through four operating business units: Powder Coatings, Automotive & Special Coatings, Industrial Coatings and Marine, Protective & Yacht Coatings.

Wood Coatings: We have a long history with wood, and we know a lot about it. Many of our employees have grown up in the industry and come from families of craftsman, chemists and designers in various wood products industries. Generations of families have worked in our plants, and we take pride in developing the talents and skills of our people to help them, as well as our customers, succeed. Our people are what set us apart from our competition, and they truly are the reason we're a world leader in wood finishes and adhesives. The segment is divided into:

Wood finishes: For nearly 200 years, the world's leading manufacturers of cabinetry, furniture, flooring and building products (doors and windows) have depended on AkzoNobel industrial wood finishes to beautify and protect their products. We offer a range of products that meet the unique specifications of our customers and meet country and regional regulations. AkzoNobel is our primary brand for OEM manufacturers around the world, In North America, the Chemcraft® distribution brand is well recognized by wood workers in professional shops.

Color styling: Our color experts look to fashion, architecture and design to determine key trends for the upcoming year. The resulting knowledge is shared across our global wood finishes facilities. We use these insights into emerging trends to formulate finishes that allow our customers to deliver products highly desirable to consumers. Our goal is to take our customers' product vision, support it with creative finishes that are efficient, consistent and sustainable.

Adhesives: AkzoNobel provides wood adhesives and board resins to the major wood markets globally.

JOB DESCRIPTION : Guide site management in developing and ensuring the implementation of policies, year plan and practices for the assigned unit, contribute to the development of strategy on a one level higher entity, in line with corporate guidelines, plans and strategy, in order to ensure the realization of strategic objectives of the assigned unit. Act as a change agent for HSE&S culture and continuous improvement, and a role model for ensuring compliance with HSE&S policies and procedures. Provide input for the BU to the definition of corporate policy and ensures BU compliance with corporate policy directives, standards and reporting requirements. Make safety a primary value for the BU by working with and influencing the BU manufacturing directors, site directors and managers, maintains an international peers network and is member of international, public HSE&S organizations. Sign off on internal expertise groups, designs and manage a balanced and coherent health-, safety-, and environment improvement program at BU level and ensures its effective implementation. Develop policies and objectives for the assigned unit and contribute to the development of the strategy on a level higher. Ensure development, manage and ensure realization year plan for the assigned unit, acquire approval, ensure and manage execution and deliver results. Evaluate organizational design, processes and systems and initiate and implement changes and improvements. Keep up with internal and external developments and ensure development, transfer and retention of knowledge and information. Provide insights regarding quantitative and qualitative developments by means of periodical and ad hoc reports and analyses. Build and maintain a network of in- and external stakeholders and represent the organization. Define, plan, manage and co-ordinate assigned projects and ensure execution and delivery.


Master's degree or foreign equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field and two (2) years of experience in chemical manufacturing and batch processes in a safety role. Alternatively, a Bachelor's degree, plus five (5) years of experience as described. The experience must include: PSM, applicable regulatory knowledge, occupational safety management in a manufacturing environment. Travel required 15%.

Travel Requirement:

Position requires 15% travel.

As a leading paints and coatings AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer -Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).

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