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February 9, 2019
Product Manager Digital color -Automatchic, Full-time
AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. Were 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 Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.
A fascinating role at the interface of cutting-edge color technology and global marketing
AkzoNobel’s Automotive & Specialty Coatings (ASC) business area provides leading coatings solutions and services to customers around the world. Our business spans multiple market segments, including Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, and Vehicle Refinishes.
ASCs success is based substantially on our reputation as a leader in color. This in turn depends on a sophisticated range of cutting-edge color tools and software that have enabled us to fully digitize our customers color library and journey.
Within this context your mission in this role is to act as the product owner for the digital color matching module (Automatchic). This requires you to understand the complexity of digital color technology as you translate customer wishes into business requirements, while proposing new products and product adaptations within the framework of the Color Strategy. At the same time, as an outstanding marketer you ensure appropriate and attractive market propositions via effective communication introduction materials.
Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as an analytical, proactive and practical professional who can fulfill and extend our product vision? Can you collaborate with the Product Manager MIXIT and color specialists in order to maximize opportunities for digitizing color? Are you able to thrive in a cross-functional organization? 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
Product Owner Digital Color
The role and its responsibilities
This fascinating and wide-ranging role is based at our large site in Sassenheim, the Netherlands. It demands a unique combination of IT and Marketing skills as you build on ASCs success in a fast moving and competitive field.
Within the technical sphere you act as product owner in the development teams tasked with improving the digital color matching services according to the approved software architectures. Thus you:
Perform digital color retrieval and the delivery of first-time correct color matching;
Assume responsibility for the global Automatchic strategy and assortment plan for all the VR brands, aligning with the overall Performance Coatings Color Strategy and Automotive and Specialty Coatings color leadership ambition;
Ensure local needs and teams are considered and supported;
Gain a rapid understanding of the spectrophotometer and its capabilities.
In the Marketing sphere you are responsible for market acceptance and the penetration of digital color. Thus you:
Add clear value (competitive and profitable) to our brand propositions;
Develop and deliver marketing and communications materials, liaising with a wide range of stakeholders;
Ensure good Automatchic product quality, positioning, pricing, competitive position, sales strategies and actions;
Perform long-term internal and external competitor and market analysis, SWOT analysis, identifying the consequences for product upgrading, pricing, maintenance, development and rationalization.
In addition you act as the Color Marketing representative in new project activities in the area of digital color, and as the sparring partner for Marketing, R&D, IM and the regions.
Finally, you maintain relationships with, and select products from, third party suppliers of Color Measuring equipment.
February 21, 2019
Paints and Coatings
Full time/part time
Job requirements/Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
Bachelors or Masters degree in Business or Marketing and at least 3 years of work experience in a Technical domain;
2-5 years of wide marketing experience, with advanced Marketing education (NIMA A or similar) an advantage;
Team player with excellent organizational skills and project management experience;
Demonstrable affinity with IT/technical subjects;
Strong communication skills including fluent written and spoken English.
We offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. In addition to a good salary and an attractive bonus scheme, you can expect excellent terms of employment including group insurance, 8% holiday allowance, travel allowance and an above industry standard number of vacation days. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development.
We welcome your online application, reference (180006X8). Please note that applications sent by mail will not be considered. If you have any question, please feel free to contact Minke van Asperen, Talent Resourcing Partner, phone +31 (0)88 0106789, option 2.
An employment screening may be part of the selection process.