Leader Product Safety

Leader Product Safety

Published Deadline Location
4 Sep 30 Sep Sassenheim

Job description

An important and wide-ranging role for an experienced product safety specialist with a real understanding of paints and coatings.

All of AkzoNobel’s world leading operations are characterized by the highest possible standards of Product Safety. This commitment is imperative in today’s world and our employees, customers and regulators will accept nothing less.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to provide expert toxicological advice to our Technical and Technology project teams on product safety related issues. In doing so, you will lead projects to develop and introduce new capabilities and methodologies in this area.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a highly organized safety professional and team player with a real attention to detail? Can you carry out risk assessments of chemical substances to support regulatory submissions, thus ensuring that product formulations are aligned with our internal PS&RA substance policies? Do you have a good understanding of relevant legislation such as REACH, BPR, CLP, etcetera? 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 Safety Leader Toxicology

The role and its responsibilities
You will work at our large site at Sassenheim, the Netherlands, where you will provide your product safety expertise to our RD&I team and the business. Thus you will:

  • Carry out toxicology reviews of new raw materials in the NRMIP;
  • Make sure existing raw materials are used in accordance with AkzoNobel product stewardship policies;
  • Summarize and communicate toxicology/ecotoxicology information in an understandable form to expert and non-expert colleagues worldwide;
  • Carry out exposure assessments and risk assessments for the industrial, professional and consumer use of paints and coatings for regulatory purposes. In doing so, you ensure all documents and processes are accurately filed and retrievable centrally.
    In terms of project management you will:
  • Lead in the evaluation of new exposure software modelling tools and methodologies and make recommendations on suitability;
  • Assume responsibility for the development of methodologies and capability and standard operating procedures within the Toxicology & Risk Assessment group;
  • Lead business support projects in the area of Product Safety.
  • You will also provide advice and guidance on more complex product safety topics to junior co-workers and review/supervise the technical content of their work as appropriate.

As such, this is a highly responsible role for an experienced specialist with a background in delivering product safety advice and risk assessments. Good communications, influencing and interpersonal skills are essential as you represent AkzoNobel in a variety of external groups and forums.




To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Graduate in a scientific discipline and a higher degree or equivalent in toxicology or a related discipline;
  • At least five years of experience delivering product safety advice and toxicological/ecotoxicological risk assessments, combined with an excellent understanding of industrial, professional and consumer use of paints and coatings products;
  • Good working knowledge of applicable legislation in various global markets, e.g. REACH, BPR, CLP;
  • Wide experience in carrying out literature reviews of substances and raw materials and identifying relevant toxicological information and how to apply this information to business needs;
  • Experience with exposure modelling software in addition to Microsoft Office packages;
  • Accurate and efficient with project management and team leading skills;
  • Good communication skills, including fluent written and verbal English.

Conditions of employment

We offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. In addition to a good salary, you can expect excellent terms of employment. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development.



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 Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

Additional information

Application details
For further information, please contact Michiel Paes, Recruitment Business Partner, phone +31 (0)6 466306997. We welcome your online application via our website www.akzonobel.com/careers, reference 190003VM

*An assessment will form part of the selection procedure.
**Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.



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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 30 Sep 2019 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).