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Lead Data Principal

Lead Data Principal | Sassenheim | WO | Fulltime | Sluit 2017-03-26

Based at our site in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, your core role is to assume overall accountability for the successful execution of the data management strategy across the AkzoNobel DP business area

A strategic and high profile role for a visionary data professional within a leading global organization

AkzoNobel’s business area Decorative Paints (DP) adds color to people’s lives with a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for the trade and consumer markets worldwide.

Due to the increasing importance and impact of data for our business, we are strengthening our capacity to interpret and deploy data in the most effective way possible. As such, this role is an outstanding opportunity for strong potentials to grow towards a leadership profile in a highly visible function. In doing so you will help to shape the team’s long-term strategy as it responds organizationally and operationally to fast changing business needs. You will also be working in one of the most fun and forward thinking teams within AkzoNobel.

Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions as an analytical change manager and team/project leader, bursting with people skills and motivation and ready to challenge the status quo? Do you have experience with master data and excellent understanding of its importance for and impact on the business? Are you an internationally experienced communicator with a passion for master data quality and a powerful eye for detail? 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

Lead Data Principal

The role and its responsibilities
Based at our site in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, your core role is to assume overall accountability for the successful execution of the data management strategy across the AkzoNobel DP business area, in alignment with the corporate GMDM program.

You work closely with the AkzoNobel GMDM team, the DMRA (Data Management, Reporting & Analytics) Ops team and the Reporting & Analytics team on all matters regarding data quality, the SAP MDG program and other general MDM topics.

Further, you maintain close relationships with regional data managers outside of EMEA, local master data coordinators, GPOs and data owners. Other important stakeholders are the wider SAP, BI and Microsoft AX user community and the corporate IT department.

As a member of the DMRA MT you are involved in defining and driving the execution of the data management strategy, and you lead the group of data principals in the DMRA team. The team consists of young high potentials, supported by interns, and is responsible for translating business requirements into solutions across all elements of our data management framework. The team also defines and rolls out various data quality improvement projects and is the business lead for the global roll out of SAP MDG.

You also lead the team’s continuous improvement methodology, and you are responsible for the definition and execution of the SAP MDG program, in close cooperation with the relevant IM owner. You are also project lead for relevant data quality improvement projects.

All of this requires you to manage a complex stakeholder landscape and to work in close cooperation with the BU data managers, the data process coaches, and IT staff.

Finally, you perform inspirational and empathetic people management for all direct reports and the further management of the needs and set up of the overall team.

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

  • Master’s degree or equivalent through experience, and 5-10 years of experience in consultancy at one of the Big4;
  • In-depth knowledge of data maintenance processes, data models and data governance, with experience in MDM projects an advantage;
  • Experience with Procurement, Manufacturing or Supply Chain business processes and reporting is preferred;
  • Powerful user of Microsoft Excel, Visio and Powerpoint, and knowledge of SAP;
  • Able to act as sparring partner of the department lead and the other MT members;
  • Fluent written and spoken English, and willing to travel globally.

Application details
For further information, please contact Ariane Kräutner, Talent Resourcing Partner, tel. +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 1700006S or use the 'Apply' button.

A pre-employment screening may be 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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