AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. We are a leading global producer of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.
As an organization we are committed to the ongoing personal and professional development of our employees, thereby ensuring that they are optimally equipped to help us fulfill our business objectives.
Within this context, your mission in this role is to lead the Regional Center of Expertise with responsibility for serving the business in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. You report directly to the Global Head Learning & Development (L&D) in the Global Centre of Expertise based in Amsterdam.
As such, this is a highly international role in which you work to a global agenda across two regions – the Netherlands and Germany/Austria/Switzerland. It is therefore essential that you are fluent in German, as you will deal with the German Works Council.
Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as an analytical and results-focused professional with experience in L&D projects that impacted more than one country/region? Can you demonstrate a track record of assessing the needs of customers and translating these into appropriate learning solutions? Have you delivered successful project management of program design, development and delivery? Are you a collaborative and engaging problem solver, able to develop yourself and others? 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
Regional Learning & Development Manager
The role and its responsibilities
This role is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from where you are responsible for the implementation and delivery of global L&D initiatives in the area of leadership development and generic skills. You also contribute to the design and development of global programs, whilst designing and developing local L&D initiatives aligned to the company strategy.
Thus you work with local teams to standardize and centralize local learning processes, administration and offerings in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs. You also assume budget responsibility for local L&D development and indirectly manage a small team of specialists with responsibility for delivering services to the business aligned to the global HR model.
This requires you to understand the needs of the local businesses and Regional Management Teams, and to act as an expert consultant to business/functional and HR leaders on L&D topics, providing input based on knowledge of best practices and local needs.
Further, you conduct an annual L&D needs analysis, measuring the impact of programs in line with KPIs and ROI and providing solutions for complex issues received from HR. You also select and manage local vendors, deliver learning communications e.g. a newsletter, and review translations.
All of this demands that you keep up to date with best practices and any legal, fiscal or organizational changes which may impact the L&D arena.
As such, this is an exciting role if you have the ability to facilitate, coach and effectively deliver training, while influencing senior level stakeholders. It also demands the ability to effectively manage and motivate a remote team.
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
- Bachelor/Master’s degree, ideally in Business Administration, Psychology or HR;
- At least six years of working experience, ideally in HR, including at least two years in L&D;
- Knowledge of reporting and measurement processes for L&D programs, and experience of external benchmarking, including the tracking of trends and developments in L&D;
- Proven track record of identifying, selecting and commercially negotiating with external partners;
- Qualifications in the use of psychometric tools and coaching is a plus, as is knowledge and experience in the use of Learning Management Systems;
- Strong, customer oriented professional presence and strong business acumen;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills including fluent written and spoken English, Dutch and German.
For further information, please contact Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to www.akzonobel.nl/careers, 170001JM, or use the ‘Apply’ button. A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
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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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