Specialist Woodcare


Sassenheim, Netherlands

A fascinating role for a collaborative and enthusiastic paint formulation researcher

AkzoNobel's business area Decorative Paints adds color to people's lives with a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for the trade and consumer markets. As authorities on color we aim to provide all our customers - from professional decorators to DIY enthusiasts - with a great color experience and a fantastic finish. Our range includes paints, lacquers and varnishes, as well as products for surface preparation (pre-deco products).

Decorative Paints operates an advanced and well-resourced R&D capability at Sassenheim in the Netherlands, staffed by a multinational and highly engaged team. This capability incorporates an Expertise Research Group (ERG) that develops new paint technology concepts for the global market.

ERG includes an Exterior Woodcare team that develops new technologies and solutions for our Woodcare businesses throughout the world. Woodcare products are mainly used to decorate and protect wood used on housing (cladding, doors and window frames) and in gardens (fences, decks). Our portfolio includes respected brands such as Sikkens, Pinotex, Cuprinol and Xyladecor.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to play a key support role in the laboratory as we develop projects for new products in the field of Woodcare (e.g. varnishes, wood stains, lacquers). In doing so you work within an international project organization in multi-disciplinary teams, while developing yourself as a paint formulator.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a creative and proactive team player who can participate in the formulation of new and sustainable products for AkzoNobel business units around the world? Do you have the curiosity necessary to learn all about our coatings and ways of protecting wood? 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 Specialist Woodcare.

The role and its responsibilities

Working from the laboratory in Sassenheim you support the development of innovative functional (biocidal) woodcare formulations.

Thus you plan and execute laboratory work, and perform the formulation, application and testing of coatings. You then apply a critical attitude towards results.

In doing so you develop and maintain a thorough technical understanding of challenges and needs so that you become a technical expert on wood protection.

Needless to say, you ensure that all work is carried out according to AkzoNobel HSE standards.

Candidate profile

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

  • BSc (HBO) with experience, or an academic starter in Chemistry;
  • Interest in lab work, paint formulations and other aspects of coatings:
  • Effective communication skills including good written and spoken English;
  • Able to work as a team player and assist others in the laboratory;
  • The drive and ambition to grow within our company.

Application details

For further information, please contact CoE Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 170003D4 or click here to apply.

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.

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