Product Safety Data and Content Team Manager

Country: Netherlands;

City: Deventer

Vacancy added: 07.12.2015

Employer: AkzoNobel

Vacancy type: PhD position; Vacancy for students or masters; PostDoc vacancy;

For whom: For researchers; For administrators;

Resumes due: 05.01.2016


Drive the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance via the expert management of SAP EH&S processes and updates.

AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals (SC) Business Area operates a large number of advanced production sites worldwide. In order to sell our products in a global marketplace it is essential that we produce clear, accurate and up-to-date safety documentation such as Safety Data Sheets and product labels.

This function is performed for SC by a Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs (PS&RA) Shared Services organization. At the heart of PS&RA is a Content Data team responsible for feeding data into all areas of product safety and regulatory affairs.

Within this structure, the focus of this position is to ensure that content relating to SAP EH&S enhancements and projects are properly executed and managed through the BAIM organizational structure. In doing so you proactively drive functional excellence and the efficient execution of relevant projects in order to support our business goals.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions? Have you acquired a powerful knowledge and understanding of business, compliance and IT within a large scale integrated compliance system? Are you a business and solution oriented professional able to think ‘beyond the protocol’ in order to solve problems? Do you have the flexibility to thrive within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more, we encourage you to apply for the position of Product Safety Data and Content Team Manager.

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet.

Our Specialty Chemicals Business Area has leadership positions in many markets and ensures that industries worldwide are supplied with high quality ingredients and process aids for the manufacture of life's essentials.

The role and its responsibilities

Working from Deventer in the Netherlands, but another location in the Netherlands could be discussed, you are responsible for wide-ranging technical, strategic, leadership and knowledge management EH&S activities as you evaluate and optimize organizational design and (work) processes. Above all, your focus is to ensure that the regulatory content in the System is current with respect to global requirements.

Thus you coordinate the efficient and timely execution of the annual ‘road map’ for SAP EH&S and deliver timely updates. You also facilitate the delivery of harmonized System services, coordinating work processes and information sharing to all users.

Further, you manage and safeguard the regulatory data and content information necessary to facilitate the globally compliant delivery of SDS; product and transport labels; and classifications for dangerous goods/hazardous materials for all products for all SAP EH&S System Users. You also oversee the data maintenance of key data placeholders in the EH&S environment such as list substances, pure substances and dangerous goods classification substances.

In addition, you coordinate and perform the testing, evaluation and analysis of new functionalities, securing the continuous improvement of data and content support as well as efficient working procedures.

You participate in and/or manage content development projects and participate in cross-functional teams, providing advice and/or customer and manufacturing support at request or at own initiative.

In terms of Knowledge Management you keep up with internal and external developments and ensure the development, sharing and retention of knowledge and information within team.

With regard to Strategy you provide input for the product safety strategy in order to secure global compliance for the BASC portfolio, and implement business support strategy in your own team.

As Team Leader you attract, lead, coach, appraise and develop employees, creating a stimulating workplace in which all employees can work at their best.

Candidate profile

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

  • University degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or IT with 5-7 years of relevant experience;
  • Advanced skills in, and at least 5 years’ experience of, working with SAP EH&S at a specialist and manager level;
  • Excellent knowledge about product safety regulations and their impact on the business;
  • Effective management skills including the ability to form and make use of strong networks across our complex matrix organization;
  • Advanced skills in database management and efficient analysis of large data quantities are highly desirable;
  • Strong communication skills including fluent written and spoken English.
Application details

For further information, please contact CoE Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88 0106789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 150008R8 or apply via the link.

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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.

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