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Product Manager Color Software

AkzoNobel | Sassenheim | HBO | Fulltime | Sluit 2018-04-13

Your core task is to translate customer wishes into business requirements, proposing new products and adaptations within the framework of the Color Strategy, new possibilities and legal provisions.

A vital marketing role at the heart of a leading global organization

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.

Our Business Unit (BU) Automotive & Specialty Coatings includes the segment of Vehicle Refinishes (VR). The BU is a leading innovator of product, color technology and state-of-the-art customer services. Our product range includes solutions to meet the needs of multiple segments in the vehicle refinishes market, as well as commercial vehicle OEMs. Our world leading brands include Lesonal®, Dynacoat®, Sikkens® and Wanda® and we deliver innovative solutions to bodyshop owners and repair professionals, car, bus and truck manufacturers, and fleet owners.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to assume responsibility for the global Color Software strategy and assortment plan for all VR brands, in alignment with the overall business area Color. In doing so you act as a sparring partner for Marketing, R&D, IM and the Regions, liaising with BU Technical & Color Support Manager, Regional Color Coordinators, Regional Digital Color Champions and other stakeholders to ensure local needs are considered during all project phases.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills as a proactive and analytical professional with experience in a software development environment? Can you display color leadership ambition and add clear value (competitive and profitable) to our brands’ propositions? Do you have the skills and confidence to make the right decision based on extensive data and input from different departments? 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 position of

Product Manager Color Software

The role and its responsibilities
Color products are central to the success of Vehicle Refinishes, therefore this is a high profile, multi-facing role based at our large site at Sassenheim in the Netherlands.
Your core task is to translate customer wishes into business requirements, proposing new products and product adaptations within the framework of the Color Strategy, new technical possibilities and legal provisions.
Thus, together with other Product Managers Color Software and Automatchic, you make business critical decisions on customer needs and priorities for strategic business planning.

This requires you to describe the user needs (user stories) for the software development team based on the local and global business need. You then liaise with Regional color tools specialists and other stakeholders to ensure local needs are considered during the scoping phase of software (maintenance) releases, and that local teams are properly supported throughout the software development and especially during introduction and implementation.

Further, you follow up on ad-hoc operational software and data issues, liaise with global application management and other disciplines to minimize negative impact for customers, and communicate outcomes effectively.

In addition you coordinate the introduction and roll out of software systems and data updates, in close cooperation with the data specialists. You also assist in, and take responsibility for, part of the development and delivery of Marketing and Communications materials needed for the introduction and support of the color software tools. You are responsible for the reference guides and release notes for color software.

On an ongoing basis you lead future Color Marketing business intelligence activities (data mining). This demands close cooperation with the Information Management organization in terms of the right approach and reporting of results. You also collect data about competitor activities, market developments, volume developments, market acceptance, pricing, market shares etc. either via market research, desk research and/or visiting countries and customers.

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

  • Bachelor (HBO) degree in IT, with an affinity for marketing;
  • 2-5 years of experience in a software development environment, ideally including experience as a Requirement Analyst;
  • Experience with SQL databases, .Net framework and use of MS Visio is an advantage;
  • Result driven and flexible pro-active team player, with the ambition to broaden scope towards Product Owner role;
  • Coordination and organizational skills, allied to an affinity for the business context of IT;
  • Excellent formal and informal international communication skills, including fluent written and spoken English.

Application details
For further information, please contact Merith de Bock, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88 010 6789. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to www.akzonobel.nl/careers, reference 170003E2 or use the ‘Apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening 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, 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 are present around the globe, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens and Alabastine. 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, Leiden, Full-time, Customer journey, Product development.



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